Pittsburgh Marks Bike to Work Day

Commuter Cafes Set Up in Market Square and Schenley Plaza

Joe DeStio
May 18, 2018 - 1:59 pm
Hundreds of bicyclists stopped by “Commuter Cafes” set up at Market Square downtown and Schenley Plaza in Oakland to mark 2018 Bike to Work Day.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Hundreds of bicyclists stopped by “Commuter Cafes” set up at Market Square downtown and Schenley Plaza in Oakland to mark 2018 Bike to Work Day. They could pick up baked goods, fruit, drinks, Pittsburgh bike maps, and more. The event, promoted by Bike PGH, is intended to highlight the growing number of people who commute by bike in Pittsburgh.

To be sure the numbers are still small. Census data show 2.6 percent of Pittsburgh commuters are on two wheels. But that’s enough to rank Pittsburgh 8th among large cities and more than places like Philadelphia and Boston. According to Bike PGH’s Alexandria Shewczyk, “Today at 9 AM it was 30 percent of all traffic on Penn Avenue (downtown) were cyclists.”

Shewczyk says safety is still a primary concern. “I know that we have a high percentage of bike crashes with aggressive drivers. The best part about a bike lane is that it takes that bike out of your way.”

Crash data for Pittsburgh show a bicyclist is involved in a reported crash once every six days.

Bike to Work Day sets the stage for another bike event later this month. May 27th is the first Open Streets Pittsburgh when about four miles of city streets will be closed to vehicular traffic Downtown, Uptown, and on the South Side. Other Open Streets events will be held in June and July.