Thursday, May 6, 2010

City gets nod for being bicycle-friendly

Saturday, May 01, 2010
It still takes some willpower to navigate what Stephen Patchan, city bicycle-pedestrian coordinator, called Pittsburgh's "spaghetti network" of roads.

But the ride is a lot smoother than it used to be, according to a national group that today will announce that the city is a "bicycle-friendly community."

In all, 140 communities nationwide have the designation, recognizing their efforts to make bicycling safer and more convenient. Pittsburgh is one of 16 cities new to the American League of Bicyclists program today. Others include Dayton, Ohio; Spokane, Wash.; and Roanoke, Va.

"I know Pittsburgh is definitely moving forward quite quickly," Meghan Cahill, spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based league said.

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