Sunday, April 23, 2006

Hang up and drive!

If Pennsylvania is serious about protecting its citizens, then PA legislators ought to pass a bill banning driver cell phone use. It's already been done in NY, Connecticut, and DC. PA should follow suit. New studies, such as this one released last week by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute, are showing just how dangerous driving and talking on cell phones is. Link to article in Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Slate rates bike locks

Which is the best bike lock for the money? Which ones did the best job of fending off these menacing bike-thief tools? Read a review of 9 locks rated on secuity, portability/ease of use, and value.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Announcing: Bike to Work Week

May 15-19 is Bike to Work Week. Bike Pittsburgh has planned a bunch of fun stuff for the week. Check out the calendar of events for more information.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Newsflash: Allegheny County too car-friendly

Seems people are finally getting what we've been saying for years. Our region is facing SERIOUS issues as far as adult and especially childhood obesity is concerned. The reason? According to this article it's because our neighborhoods are being designed too often with only cars in mind.

It's true - poor urban design has been happening in this area for way too long. However, all the blame shouldn't only be put on Urban Designers and City Planners. Fingers should also be pointed at many federal, state, and local politicians, who for too long, have shown little interest in bike/ped-friendly communities.

Businesses can also step up to the plate. More corporations need to provide bicycle parking, showers and lockers for their employees. Local businesses should welcome people to shop by bike by installing bike racks outside their stores. Companies could also start providing commuter incentives to employees who ride their bikes X days a week to work. Healthcare companies could offer discounts on insurance to companies who have a certain percentage of their employees biking to work X days a year. The more people who ride their bikes every day, the more bike-friendly a place becomes. It's that simple.

If this is as big of a crisis as everyone seems to think it is, then everyone should pitch in and do whatever they can in making Pittsburgh more bike-friendly in order to keep our citizens (especially our children) safe and healthy.

By the way, thanks to all the companies such as Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, and REI who have purchased bike racks for their businesses, and the Sprout Fund and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership who were so foreward thinking to invest in bike racks for the city!


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fight global warming. Ride a bike!

According to a recent poll by Environmental Defense, 71 percent of Americans think global warming is real, 53 percent think human activities are to blame, 70 percent think it global warming can be reduced, and best of all 70 percent are willing to make lifestyle changes like driving less, BICYCLING, walking, taking public transportation, or carpooling!

All right, Pittsburgher's, now's your chance. Get linked in to the local bicycling community through Bike Pittsburgh, and Free Ride and start making a difference in global warming!

Link to the full story here as it appears in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Poll: Americans Ready To Fight Global Warming