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PITTSBURGH JOINS NATIONAL PROJECT FOR BETTER BIKE LANES

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Indianapolis, IN (April 28, 2014)Top transportation officials from across the country, including Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Pittsburgh Assistant Director of Transportation Patrick Hassett, will headline today’s national kickoff in Indianapolis of an intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes in U.S. cities. The program, the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, will work with Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle to help them build protected bike lanes to create low-stress streets and more vibrant communities. The six cities were chosen in March from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.

Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities.

Pittsburgh will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance from the Green Lane Project in building protected bike lanes, valued at more than $250,000.

A city that is rising from the debris of the rust belt, Pittsburgh is reinventing itself and making bikes part of its strategy. Mayor William Peduto has publicly committed to Pittsburgh’s first protected lane projects, including the Cultural District Project in the heart of downtown, linking the cultural district and the convention center to the riverfront trail system.

By 2016, Pittsburgh plans to install five miles of protected bike lanes to add to their current 70 miles of on-street bicycle infrastructure, 20 miles of riverfront trails and 7,000 bicycle parking spaces. This September, Pittsburgh will be the epicenter of protected bike lane information when it hosts the ProWalk/ProBike conference.

“In the past two years, the number of protected bike lanes on the ground across the country has nearly doubled,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation. “Leading U.S. cities like Pittsburgh have realized that improving bicycling translates into improving their communities: making the roads safer for all users, attracting new businesses and top talent, and encouraging physical activity. ”

“Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety is a top priority for the Department, especially as more and more Americans are choosing these options for getting to work, school and other places,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Obama Administration is committed to cost-effective projects like these that will mean improved transportation choices, increased safety and a better quality of life for people in these six cities.”

The Green Lane Project will provide updates on the progress in the six cities, best practices as they are developed and an inventory of protected bike lanes on the ground and planned in U.S. cities at greenlaneproject.org. Other interested cities are invited to use the website to share their plans and progress on building better bike lanes. To learn more, visit www.greenlaneproject.org or signup to receive the Green Lane Project weekly news.

View and download photos of and a video about protected bike lanes across the U.S

About the Green Lane Project
The Green Lane Project is a program of the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, a movement to unite millions of people to improve bicycling in America. The Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.