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Let's quickly build out a comfortable and connected bike network

Incremental change achieves incremental progress for ridership. Let's drop the rest of the bike network from the sky and leap forward!

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Pittsburgh has a respectable bike commuter rate for mid to large U.S. cities. At 2.6% that places the city eighth in the nation among cities with more than 300,000 residents. This rate has increased by more than 400% since the City of Pittsburgh started making an effort to build out a network about a decade ago. But climate change, our terrible air quality, and the rising cost of living in Pittsburgh call for a renewed sense of urgency. We need to create infrastructure that will quadruple our everyday cycling rate and coax many thousands more people to use bikes as an occasional mode of transportation. This will only happen with a complete and safe bike network in place. Seville, Spain built out an entire protected bike lane network (~100km) in a handful of years taking their everyday bike commuter rate from .5% to 7% and non-commuter trips to 9%. It can be done.

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Scott, I appreciate those stats, they help paint a picture of the cycling situation in Pittsburgh. Based on the applause you've received and posts made by other like-minded Pittsburgh cyclists (Anna Tang Connor Sites-Bowen ) - improving the biking infrastructure is a popular idea. However, I'm wondering, considering the scope of this project (https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/content/how-it-works), where do you think a good/pilotable starting point would be?
-Aly, community facilitator