I suppose if the premise is to improve, being merely "good" isn’t as mediocre as it sounds. I love biking in Pittsburgh for many reasons, I won’t bore you all of the reasons, but here are a few. Please if you feel so inclined, post about what makes your “good” city good and what can make it better. Here’s the list from “GOOD” magazine.
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1) Bike culture, is growing in Pittsburgh. I see more people than ever on their bikes. Alleycats, CM, and bike stores are all flourishing. Despite the sometimes rocky relationship with some officers, the Pittsburgh police and cycling community aren’t enemies . Pittsburgh even has a banked cycle track!
2) Under 30 minute commute to town from anywhere in the city. This is mostly due to downtown being at the bottom of a valley.
3) Growing support from the city They’ve recently cut the red tape needed to install a bike rack outside your business. They also painted more bike lanes, and are prohibiting car parking where it has caused problems for cyclists.
4) New bridge projects improve the ped/bike lane.
5) 37 miles of bike lanes on the scenic Ohio, Mon and Allegheny Rivers, much of which can also be used by commuters.
6) 319 car free miles to DC!. I think that there are less than 15 miles on road with cars to get from Pittsburgh to DC.
7) There are lots of mountain bike trails in Frick and Schenley parks.
Things that could improve—
1) Lots of cars run red lights, stops and no right on reds. City officials need to “bite the big one” and install traffic cameras.
2) Some big projects are not so bike friendly – the new casino messes up the riverfront bike trails and the West End Bridge could be easier for bikes.
3) Since Pittsburgh is hilly as heck, (we have a 37% grade hill!). There could be some planning taking this into thought. Though we will never get the bike tow thing, like they have in Norway, we could find ways to get more new commuters going, by telling them about how to take their bikes on the inclines and buses. Who knows maybe when the recession is over; they’ll even add a cable car.
4) The PAT Bus drivers and “Access drivers” seem to hate cyclists. They need some job counseling about respecting the organic road units.