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Rack 'em up

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

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BikePGH’s advocacy has been the main reason we’ve made the progress we have as a city toward bike friendliness, though our two-wheeled friends still have an uphill fight to make it more friendly to bikes than it is to cars.

Yeah, good luck with that.

But here’s some cool news in which bikes and buses teamed up:

On its web site, BikePGH has announced that on Friday the Port Authority will be announcing that its fleet is now completely outfitted with bus-mounted bike racks.

“This momentous development didn’t happen overnight,” BikePGH reports. “In fact it took a decade, with many different folks working to better the program. When it all came down to it, though, it was all about advocacy and leadership that made it happen.”

Here is BikePGH’s story of how it happened:

2001: Sustainable Pittsburgh, along with several outdoor recreation groups, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County received a $70,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the initial 75 bus-mounted bike racks. These racks were concentrated on eight routes that primarily went to parks and trails. They dubbed the program, “Ride Rack and Roll.”

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