Pittsburgh Bike Parking Requirement Ushers Age of Bicycle

The City of Pittsburgh recently approved a new ordinance requiring bike parking in new developments. Cyclists say the move is a ceremonial acceptance of bicycles as a form of transportation in the city.
March 29, 2010, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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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."

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Published on Monday, March 29, 2010 in Next American City
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