For Immediate Release
June 10th, 2022
BikePGH media contact: Julie Walsh, BikePGH (412) 325-4334, firstname.lastname@example.org
OpenStreetsPGH in Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville on Sunday, June 26th
- Grab your walking shoes, bikes, roller blades, and yoga mats and come play on the car-free streets of Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville on Sunday, June 26. OpenStreetsPGH is a free, all-ages event that is building healthier, more connected communities.
- This event series is organized by BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, that works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike, walk, and roll.
- Enjoy activity stations, vendors, performers, and special promotions presented by local businesses and organizations along the route.
- Free YMCA fitness classes offered every hour at the Health & Wellness Hub in Market Square.
- Enter the Argo AI Kids Hub on Penn Ave and 27th St in the Strip District through a pop-up performance of Squonk’s “Hand to Hand” spectacle. “Learn to Ride” with BikePGH, and try a unicycle or advanced bicycle obstacle courses with the Wheel Mill and Thick Bikes.
- Enjoy food and beverages while listening to local musicians Big Fat Mallard, Geña y Peña, and The Colbys in the Arts & Culture Hub at Butler St and 52nd.
- Look for the green and yellow BikePGH info tents around the route to purchase event merchandise and learn more about how you can get involved with the movement for safer streets.
- Sunday, June 26th, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Full schedule of activities and partners: www.openstreetspgh.org/schedule
- The 4-mile route stretches from Downtown to Lawrenceville.
- The route spans from Market Square, down Penn Ave, to Butler Street ending at McCandless St.
- Featured activity areas: Health & Wellness Hub in Market Square, Argo AI Kids Hub at Penn Ave and 27th St in the Strip District, and Arts & Culture Hub at Butler St and 52nd St in Lawrenceville
- Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a complete street closure. Car drivers can cross the route at several intersections along each route, listed online on the Route Map and as indicated on-site with the presence of signage and intersection teams.
- Route information can be found at www.OpenStreetsPGH.org/route
- “OpenStreetsPGH invites the Pittsburgh community to experience the city in a truly freeing way. We’re opening up our streets so that the people can walk, run, bike, and explore spaces that would otherwise be filled with cars,” said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH.
- OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the open streets movement – a global phenomenon promoting healthy outdoor activity and community engagement using city streets. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of cities worldwide (over 100 in North America alone) that hold open streets events.
Julie Walsh, BikePGH Communications & Marketing Manager, email@example.com, (412) 325-4334
The event is organized by Bike Pittsburgh and is made possible through major support from UPMC Health Plan. Additional support is provided by Argo AI, Green Mountain, Zero Fossil, Spin, Google, Aurora, Port Authority, Walnut Capital, Cannondale, and more.
Bike Pittsburgh Issues Traffic Alert for OpenStreetsPGH this Sunday, June 26th
Julie Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org,
412.325.4334 (office), 412.735.8556 (cell)
PITTSBURGH – Thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians will take to Pittsburgh’s streets this Sunday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for OpenStreetsPGH. Participants will enjoy the car-free streets of Downtown, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville.
Car traffic will be prohibited on this 4 mile stretch: Penn Ave from Market Square through Downtown and the Strip District, to Butler Street and 34th, and extending down Butler Street to McCandless Avenue.
View a full OpenStreetsPGH route map at openstreetspgh.org/route
Need directions to the event? Find more at openstreetspgh.org/getting-here
Streets will begin closing Sunday at 8 a.m. The following streets will be impacted:
- Market Square
- Market St to Liberty Ave
- Graeme St at Market Square
- Penn Ave & 6th St to Penn Ave & 34th St
- Butler St & 34th St to Butler St and McCandless Ave
Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a complete street closure. Car drivers may cross the route at the following open intersections:
- 5th Ave & Market St
- 6th St & Liberty Ave
- Penn Ave & 7th St
- Penn Ave & 11th St
- Penn Ave & 16th St
- Penn Ave & 26th St
- Penn Ave & 31st St
- Butler St & 40th St
- Butler St & 44th St
- Butler St & 51st St
Roadways will reopen promptly by 3:00 p.m.
There is no parking allowed along the event route from 3 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th. All parked cars will be towed. “No Parking” signs will be placed along the route starting on Thursday June 23rd.
Media and the public are encouraged to visit openstreetspgh.org/media, or follow OpenStreetsPGH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for updates and details on event happenings. For more information on how to get to OpenStreetsPGH, visit openstreetspgh.org/getting-here.