Learn about OpenStreetsPGH

What is OpenStreetsPGH?

OpenStreetsPGH temporarily closes roads to car traffic, and invites Pittsburghers to reimagine our streets as places for people. In 2021, OpenStreetsPGH will be held as a “mini-event” and will open 2 miles of city streets in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh for safe outdoor recreation. Walk, run, bike, skate, roll, dance, and enjoy the road at your own pace. Jump into a free fitness class at our wellness hub, learn how to bike at our kids hub, grab food from local vendors, and enjoy fun activities hosted by local organizations.

This event series is organized by Bike Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to transform our streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.

OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the global open streets movement. Hundreds of cities around the globe celebrate open streets to promote car-free transportation, healthy outdoor activity, and community engagement using city streets.

Who organizes OpenStreetsPGH?

This event series is organized by Bike Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.

Motor vehicles dominate our city streets every day. Yet, those who get around on foot or by bike have just as much of a right to our streets. BikePGH hosts OpenStreetsPGH to flip the status quo and allow people to experience Pittsburgh’s streets in a new way. At BikePGH, we work year round to make it possible for more Pittsburghers to get around safely without a car.

We advocate for policy change and infrastructure improvements to make our streets more bikeable and walkable. We train bicyclists to confidently bike in the city and create educational materials that improve street safety for all users. We also host events for our members and the broader community that celebrate biking, walking, and car-free transportation. Learn more about Bike Pittsburgh and get involved by visiting bikepgh.org

FAQ

Participating in OpenStreetsPGH

It’s free to participate in OpenStreetsPGH, and there is no registration or ticket required. Just come ready to bike, walk, skate, or roll through the streets. You can start anywhere along the route, and go either direction. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Volunteering at OpenStreetsPGH

Want to volunteer at OpenStreetsPGH? Go to openstreetspgh.org/volunteer and pick your favorite role! Do you live in one of the neighborhoods on the OpenStreetsPGH route and want to spread the word about the event to your neighbors? Email us at openstreetspgh@bikepgh.org.

No parking on the event route

There is no parking allowed on the OpenStreetsPGH route. “No parking” signs will be posted along the event route. Safety for event participants is our top priority, so cars still parked on the route early in the morning of the event will be towed. Driveways for businesses and residences along the route will not be accessible from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

Port Authority Bus detours

Port Authority Bus Routes 56, 57, and 58 have stops near the event route. Bus Route 57 will not stop within Hazelwood Green on event day. To view all detours, visit https://www.portauthority.org/Detours/

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are strongly recommended for all attendees while approaching & interacting with staff members in programmed activity areas. Masks will be required while within the Kids Hub and for all unvaccinated individuals.

Will there be any new health and safety measures at the event?

Yes, there will be additional handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, and free masks available at each hub. We ask that all attendees respect social distancing and stay a minimum of 6′ away from others while biking, walking, and participating in event activities.