The ordinance requires a minimum amount of bike parking for any new or re-zoned commercial development project. It was approved unanimously.
"The approval of the bike parking measure is important symbolically, indicating a general acceptance that bikes are indeed a vital component of Pittsburgh's transportation system and an essential element in Pittsburgh's goal to become a more livable city.
Beyond the pretty symbolism, however, the legal provision for safe and secure bike parking demonstrates a commitment to sustainable transportation in Pittsburgh, now and in the future. Providing secure parking removes what some advocates consider the main deterrent to biking for transportation: bicycle theft. Following this theory, when secure and reliable parking is available, people are more likely to ride bicycles."