(PITTSBURGH) September 13, 2012 Mayor Ravenstahl is proud to announce that the City of Pittsburgh has been selected to host the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference. The Pro Walk/Pro Bike will host nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals - including engineers, architects, planners, health professionals and advocates - who will celebrate Pittsburgh’s active pedestrian transportation culture and the City’s many successful bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The conference will showcase Pittsburgh’s walkable neighborhoods, accessible riverfronts, welcoming public spaces and popular bikeways and trails, while City officials learn from the best and brightest how to make Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and streets even safer and more livable. The Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference will be held in Pittsburgh on September 8-12, 2014.
“Conference organizers chose Pittsburgh over Boston and New York City, and we couldn't be more excited to show off all of our efforts to make Pittsburgh even more livable through our bicycle and pedestrian initiatives," Ravenstahl said. "This conference will open up even more eyes and minds to Pittsburgh's comeback and unveil us as a world class city for biking and walking. In addition, we will share and learn best practices from some of the best transportation planners in the world."
Since the Mayor introduced new bicycle and pedestrian initiatives in 2008, the City has made great strides in expanding infrastructure and improving cyclists and pedestrian safety. As a result, Pittsburgh is recognized as a leading American city in bicycle and pedestrian friendliness. Since 2008, nearly 30 miles of on-street bicycle infrastructure has been installed across the City, which include both designated bike lanes and shared lanes. As part of the Mayor’s Taking Care of Business program, 500 bicycle racks were installed in City business districts. In addition, the City installed its first on-street bicycle corral in the South Side earlier this year.
"There's been a buzz about Pittsburgh for years in the biking and walking world, but it remains a hidden gem. Pro Walk Pro Bike will be the great unveiling of Pittsburgh to all the leading advocates, planners, urban designers and engineers who are transforming cities throughout the world into world class places for biking and walking," said Scott Bricker, BikePGH executive director. "It will be our time to shine, to show off our wonderful neighborhoods, river fronts, bridges, public spaces, bikeways and steps, but also learn from the best and brightest how to make Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and streets safer and more livable."
By the end of this year, additional on-street bike corrals will be installed, including the City's first green bicycle lane, which is painted green to increase the visibility of the cyclist and improve safety. Corrals, which swap one automobile parking space for eight bicycle spots, will be installed in Shadyside, Southside and Squirrel Hill.
“The fact that this conference is coming to Pittsburgh is a testament to the vibrancy of our City and will reinforce the message that we offer something for everyone, from outdoor recreation to arts and culture,” says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.
Since 2000, Pittsburgh has experienced a 270 percent increase in cycling commuting. According to the 2010 census, the City of Pittsburgh ranks 13th in cycling, 3rd in walking and 4th in active commuting (walking and cycling combined) among America's major urban areas. In 2010, the City was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and will reapply next year in pursuit of silver status. In the meantime, residents and commuters will be invited to public meetings to contribute to decision-making processes that will determine additional bike-friendly improvements, including buffered bike lanes, bicycle boulevards, cycle tracks and bicycle traffic signals. Additionally, the City has received federal funding for a bicycle wayfinding sign system and a bike share program, both of which will be implemented in the next few years.
The National Center for Bicycling and Walking was established in 1977, and is now a program of Project for Public Spaces, NCBW specializes in Safe Routes to School planning services, and working on health and transportation policy in low income/low resource areas ranging from the inner urban core of cities, to rural areas. Learn more at
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization, founded in 1975, that is dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687