Pedestrians, Cyclists Take Over Roads For OpenStreetsPGH

Stroll, bike or skate down car-free city streets for an afternoon

Open Streets Pittsburgh

Murphy Moschetta

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Some of the city's bustling streets will be car-free Sunday.

May 27 is the first of three OpenStreetsPGH events hosted by BikePGH.

BikePGH’s Alex Shewczyk told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Friday that the free event gives people a new perspective on Pittsburgh.

“We’ll be shutting down streets from Downtown to Uptown to the South Side so you can bring your family down and really experience the city in a brand new way,” Shewczyk said.

People are invited to walk, run, bike  or skate through city streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. one day in the last weekend of May, June and July this summer. Fitness classes, community arts and local business promotions will be available throughout the events.

Shewczyk says Sunday’s route is the most popular.

“We had 30,000 people attending and this year we hope to hit almost 35,000 people taking over the streets.”

Shewczyk says the event is meant to promote community involvement and local business in a safe way.

“It’s a way to being the community together, bring these neighbors together,” Shewczyk said. “We shut down the streets to be able to open it up for people [to] have a healthy way to experience the city.”

Forbes Avenue, East Carson Street along with the Birmingham and Tenth Street Bridges and the Armstrong Tunnel will all be free of vehicles and open to pedestrians and cyclists Sunday. Motorists should plan for closures.

OpenStreetsPGH will open up routes from Downtown to The Strip District to Lawrenceville on Sunday, June 24 and debut the Shadyside to East Liberty to Homewood route on Saturday July 28.

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