Office of Mayor William Peduto
County Executive Fitzgerald and Mayor Peduto Welcome Back "OpenStreetsPGH" This Weekend
Car-free event Sunday morning includes debut of "Healthy Ride" bike share system

PITTSBURGH (May 26, 2015) Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto are proud to support OpenStreetsPGH, a free public event series starting again this Sunday encouraging healthy, outdoor activity in a unique city setting.

On the last Sundays in May, June and July, people of all ages are being invited to play, shop, exercise and re-think ways to use their city spaces. Three-and-a-half miles of streets will be closed to cars each Sunday morning from Market Square in Downtown to Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville along Penn Avenue and Butler Street.

The May 31st morning event from 8 a.m. to noon includes the debut of “Healthy Ride,” the bike share system of of 50 stations and 500 bikes around Pittsburgh. Secure pre-registration for the system is available via Healthy Ride’s website www.healthyridepgh.com or the nextbike app. Once the system is live on Sunday, people may also register at any Healthy Ride station kiosk.

This marks the second year for OpenStreetsPGH, which last year took place on a smaller route Downtown, and was attended by 4,000 people. As part of a movement called Ciclovia more than 100 cities offer similar events worldwide, with visitors taking over streets on bikes and skateboards, or on foot, to enjoy live performances, exercise, and activities while also having the opportunity to shop and eat at local businesses.

Overall, the events urge participants to enjoy urban spaces in a unique and healthy way.

“OpenStreetsPGH is about exploration. You may have traveled Penn and Butler countless times in your lifetime, as I have, but you will still step out of OpenStreetsPGH with new discoveries about the streets, the neighborhoods and the city afterwards,” Mayor Peduto said.

OpenStreetsPGH also helps to tout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s reputation as being a leader in healthy lifestyles and the environment.

The County launched Live Well Allegheny in January 2014 as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The City became the first municipality designated as Live Well community in April of last year.

“Our downtown is becoming such a vibrant place in our region that it brings visitors and residents alike to the City to experience that energy and vitality,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. “That is most certainly the case when it comes to OpenStreetsPGH; thousands of people embraced last year’s offering, and made their visit to Downtown an event. I look forward to seeing its return and the attendance and participation grow each time this is put on.”

Maps of Sunday’s route, event listings and further background is available at www.openstreetspgh.org.

OpenStreetsPGH is organized by a committee of volunteers, businesses, nonprofits and foundations, and managed by Bike Pittsburgh. Officials from the group have been meeting with and distributing flyers, door-hangers and other materials to community groups, businesses, churches and other neighbors along the route to let them know about the event and how to prepare for it. There will be more than a dozen open "traffic crossings" at cross streets along the way, which should minimize traffic congestion or disruption of regular activities as well.

Streets will begin closing Sunday at 7 a.m. The following streets will be impacted:

●      Market Street from Market Square to Liberty Ave.

●      6th Street from Liberty to Penn Ave.

●      Penn Ave from 6th Street to 34th Street

●      Butler Street from 34th Street to Plummer Street

Traffic crossing intersections:

●      Market Street at Fifth Ave.

●      Market Street at Liberty Ave.

●      Penn Ave at 7th Street

●      Penn Ave at 10th Street

●      Penn Ave at 11th Street

●      Penn Ave at 16th Street

●      Penn Ave at 21st Street

●      Penn Ave at 26th Street

●      Penn Ave at 31st Street

●      Penn Ave at 34th Street

●      40th Street at Butler Street

●      44th Street at Butler Street

●      Butler Street at Plummer Street

Additionally on Sunday, the Steel City Showdown bike race will close the 6th and 7th street bridges between Downtown and the North Shore, as well as portions of General Robinson Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more detailed information on OpenStreetsPGH please contact Ngani Ndimbie at ngani@bikepgh.org or 412-325-4334, or Karen Lightell of Red House Communications at klightell@redhousecom.com or 412-481-7275.

For more detailed information on the Healthy Ride bike share system please contact Erin Potts at erin@pghbikeshare.org or 412-621-0464.

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