BikePGH reports that it has collected 1,700 signatures in its petition drive — the “I bike. I walk. I vote” campaign — to influence the next mayor’s policies on bicycle and pedestrian safety, including better infrastructure to make bicycling in the city more inviting to more people.
If that number of people cast votes with bicycling and pedestrian issues in mind, that’s a significant voting bloc that could determine the outcome of the election.
BikePGH hopes to collect 3,000 signatures before the democratic primary on May 21.
“Under Mayor [Luke] Ravenstahl’s leadership, biking became safer and more convenient,” BikePGH wrote in an email. “The city installed bike racks, on-street bike lanes, as well as the recently announced bikeshare program to launch in 2014. Additionally, in 2010, the League of American Bicyclists honored Pittsburgh as a Bronze Bicycle-Friendly Community. BikePGH calls upon our next mayor to continue to invest in policies and infrastructure that will lift Pittsburgh to a Silver-level award and higher.
“Cities across the country are investing in safe, bike-friendly infrastructure because they are competing with each other to be the greenest, healthiest, and best able to attract talent,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of BikePGH. “The best part is, these mayors are finding that these initiatives are not only popular. They save lives.”
BikePGH has sent a questionnaire to all the mayoral candidates and will be publishing the results on May 1. The non-profit will also participate in the candidates’ forum on greenspace April 24 at the Heinz History Center.
May 17 is Bike to Work Day, when BikePGH will make a push to get out the vote for biking and walking.
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