Office of Mayor William Peduto
City, County Celebrate Return of OpenStreetsPgh This Weekend

PITTSBURGH (May 26, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald 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 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 from Market Square in Downtown to Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville along Penn Avenue and Butler Street for the May and June events, followed by a brand new route in July.

#OpenStreetsPGH 2016

Dates: Sundays, May 29, June 26, July 31

Times: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 29th and June 26th Route: 3.5 miles from Market Square to Allegheny Cemetery along Penn Avenue and Butler Street (Downtown, Strip District and Lawrenceville)

July 31st Route: 3 miles from Market Square to Main Street in the West End (Downtown, Northside, West End)

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

This marks the third year of #OpenStreetsPGH. According to Bike Pittsburgh, an estimated 44,000 people came out to enjoy the three OpenStreetsPGH events last year. This year, Pittsburgh’s bike share system “Healthy Ride” is celebrating its 1 year anniversary during the event on Sunday, May 29. Registration for “Healthy Ride” is available online and via  the nextbike app. A map of the 50 bike stations and 500 bike system can be found here.

To further engage event participants, businesses along the routes have been encouraged to invite new patrons to visit their stores by listing promotions on OpenStreetsPGH.org. Over 40 businesses along the May/June event routes have submitted information to be featured on the website to draw event attendees into shops and establishments.

#OpenStreetsPGH is organized by the bike and pedestrian advocacy organization, Bike Pittsburgh, and is made possible through major support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Colcom Foundation. Additional support was provided by The Heinz Endowments, Buhl Foundation, The Benter Foundation, and AARP. OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the Open Streets Movement – a global phenomenon promoting healthy outdoor activity and community engagement using city streets. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of cities worldwide (over 100 in North America alone) that hold Open Streets events.

Streets will begin closing Sunday at 8 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:

  • Fifth Ave. & Market St.

  • Liberty Ave. & 6th St.

  • Penn Ave. & 7th St.

  • Penn Ave. & 10th St.

  • Penn  Ave. & 11th St.

  • Penn  Ave. & 16th St.

  • Penn  Ave. & 21st St.

  • Penn  Ave. & 26th St.

  • Penn  Ave. & 31st St.

  • Butler  Ave. & 40th St.

  • Butler  Ave. & 44th St.

For more detailed information on OpenStreetsPGH please contact Scott Bricker (412) 726-5872 or scott@bikepgh.org.

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