(June 18, 2007)...Mayor Ravenstahl officially opened the first inter-neighborhood bike lane in Pittsburgh at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 8, with a celebratory kick-off ride starting at Morrow Triangle in the East End and ending at the Church Brew Works on Liberty Avenue. This bike lane is a result of collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh and bicycle advocates, Bike Pittsburgh. The lane, which will run alongside Liberty Avenue from Baum Boulevard to Ligonier Street, will be striped with a combination of five-foot wide bike lanes and on-street stencils called “Shared Lane Markings” (Sharrows). Bicycle signage will also be installed throughout the corridor.
“This bike lane marks a fresh direction for America’s most livable city,” said the Mayor. “We are building partnerships with our non-profit community and making our shared goal of creating the most bike friendly city a reality. The lanes will further encourage biking as a mode of transportation, promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment by encouraging exercise and reducing carbon emissions.”
(Photos by Mary Shaw)