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OpenStreetsPGH activates Downtown and the Southside on May 29th

OpenStreetsPGH is presented by UPMC Health Plan

Contact: Julie Walsh, BikePGH, (412) 325 4334

PITTSBURGH – OpenStreetsPGH is back in full force for 2022 and will host its first event of the summer season this May. This free community event is organized by Bike Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of all Pittsburghers to transform our streets and neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.

Contact: Julie Walsh, BikePGH, (412) 325-4334

What: 

  • Grab your walking shoes, bikes, roller blades and yoga mats and come play on the car-free streets of Downtown and the South Side on Sunday, May 29. OpenStreetsPGH is a free, all-ages event that’s building healthier, more connected communities.
  • This event series is organized by BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk. 
  • BikePGH will be offering free “Learn to Ride” classes at the BikePGH Kids Hub at 22nd Street and East Carson Street in the South Side, while partners from the Wheel Mill and Thick Bikes provide obstacle courses and unicycle lessons to challenge more experienced riders.
  • BikePGH will also have free educational materials available at event hubs around the route including the Pittsburgh bike map and the Pittsburgh Biking 101 Guide. Look for the green and yellow BikePGH tents around the route to learn more.
  • Join us for free fitness classes, community arts performances, food trucks, activity stations and special promotions presented by over 100 local businesses and organizations.

When: 

  • Sunday, May 29th, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM     
  • Event schedule: www.openstreetspgh.org/schedule   
  • Full schedule of activities and partners will be available in May

Where: 

  • The 2 mile route stretches from Downtown to the South Side.
  • The route includes the Tenth Street Bridge, as well as the Armstrong Tunnel. 
  • Featured activity areas: Health & Wellness Hub in Market Square, Arts & Culture Hub at 12th Street in the Southside, and the BikePGH Kids & Family Hub at 22nd St. in the South Side.
  • Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a complete street closure. Car drivers can cross the route at a dozen intersections along each route. 
  • More information can be found at www.OpenStreetsPGH.org/route

Why:

  • “OpenStreetsPGH invites the community to get outside and be active, providing an opportunity to reimagine our streets as places for people, not just cars,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh.
  • 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.

For media inquiries:

Julie Walsh, BikePGH Marketing Manager, (412) 325-4334

Kéya Joseph, BikePGH Events Director, (412) 860-3921 

Media and the public are encouraged to visit www.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 www.openstreetspgh.org/getting-there.

The event is organized by Bike Pittsburgh and is made possible through major support from UPMC Health Plan. Additional support is provided by Green Mountain, Zero Fossil, Wahila Creative, Port Authority, Walnut Capital, Cannondale and many more.