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  Commuting Options: Biking

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BikepoolingA bikepool is a group of two or more bicycle commuters who agree to bike to work or school together.

CommuteInfo maintains a list of experienced bicycling commuters willing to help others get started bike commuting. You can consult with these experienced bike commuters to plan your commute or learn about locations of bike racks/lockers and other bicycle amenities. For people who decide to share their daily commute, their arrangement can formalized as a Bikepool.

Advantages of Bicycling:

  • No Traffic Jams
  • Fresh Air
  • Tremendous personal health benefits
  • Rely on these basic cycling street smarts to stay safe (click on image to read PDF):

    Biking
New to bicycle commuting?  Want to try a new route, but would feel more comfortable if you could pair up with someone who has already tried it?  Bike Pittsburgh and CommuteInfo program partner to link local bicyclists up with each other to ride to and from work or school together.

Many cyclists, especially new riders, feel safer riding in groups until they get the hang of it.  A Bikepool is a group of two or more bicycle commuters who agree to bike to work or school together two or more days per week.  The people willing to share their bike commuting experience, will have a special note next to their contact information on your commuting options report.  New bike commuters can then contact the more experienced bike commuter, and get started.  It's that simple!  

Please click here to sign up and get your personalized commuting options report.

Biking Safety

In addition to the Street Smarts materials, PennDOT publishes a Bicycle Driver’s Manual, which includes the sections of the PA vehicle code which relate to bicyclists and a “Traffic Survival Guide.” Access the manual by clicking here.

And Bike Pittsburgh has some additional resources available including safety tips, a bike to work guide, and an interactive bike map for those commuting into and around downtown Pittsburgh. BikePGH has also joined forces with a wide range of partners in Southwestern Pennsylvania to encourage the use of sustainable transportation. Learn more about this initiative by clicking here.

SPC Ped-Bike Committee

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Pedestrian and Bicycle (Ped-Bike) Committee addresses issues of concern and pursues priority improvements of regional significance. This committee is composed of representatives from SPC-member counties, the City of Pittsburgh, transit agencies, PENNDOT, trail organizations, and advocates for pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons with disabilities.  Click here to learn more about this committee.

Some other resources available through the Ped-Bike committee are: (link to these on the site)

Bicycle Suitability Evaluation Project

SPC’s transportation planners have undertaken a project to evaluate the cycling conditions of the regional state highway network.  Based on the evaluation of a combination of traffic volumes, roadway geometry, and field observations, maps will periodically be created that can be used as a reference tool by cyclists and cycling commuters. The maps indicate the roadways as being above average, average or below average for cycling, as well as other features relevant to cyclists such as significant hills, trails, park-n-ride lots, and bicycle parking.  These maps are intended to connect with and build out from the existing Bike-Pittsburgh Bike Map.

Note: The suitability ratings of the roadways apply to cyclists experienced in operating on the roadway network with other motorized vehicles.  Inexperienced cyclists looking for facilities free of motorized vehicles should view the SPC bike trail maps.

The first set of preliminary bicycle suitability maps is available for the inner ring of suburbs in Allegheny County surrounding the City of Pittsburgh.  Please understand the maps are in their preliminary form and they will be evolving as we strive to improve them based on cyclist input.  Periodically, as the project moves forward, new maps will be posted for review for the remainder of Allegheny County and other densely populated areas within the region.

Bike Racks

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) and Bike Pittsburgh have made biking to Downtown Pittsburgh easier by having installed 115 new bike racks at strategic locations throughout Downtown.  Twenty additional racks will be installed in neighborhoods throughout the City of Pittsburgh

For more information about the specific locations, call the PDP at 412.566.4190 or visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com.

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