Biking: New campaign promotes rider safety across city

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Bike Pittsburgh's Public Awareness Campaign -- "There are people on those bicycles" -- has begun with four billboards and 15 bus shelter ads, and the organization is soliciting funds to maintain and expand the campaign to bus and possibly television ads.

Although the campaign is directed at motorists to urge them "to simply drive with care," it also should encourage bicyclists to ride with care.

Riding with care includes using a helmet with front and back lights, brightly colored and/or reflective clothing, a bright/pulsing light on the handlebars and a blinking red light behind the seat.

Unfortunately, a billboard in Lawrenceville shows Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown standing beside a bicycle with a football in his right hand doesn't display a bike helmet.

The orange/gold colored horizontal billboard with large white letters identifies Brown as a "wide receiver" and a "father" who "rides a bike" and reminds motorists to "pass with care." There is, however, a helmet shown hanging from his handlebars in a vertical bus shelter ad.

Helmets also are shown in vertical bus ads that identify bicyclists as:

"Nurse," "Mother," "Rides a bike" and advises motorists to "operate with care;" "Student," "Daughter," "Rides a bike" -- "Drive like a grown-up;" "Carpenter," "Friend," "Rides a bike" -- "Cut her a break;" "Student," "Adventurer," "Rides a bike" -- "Drive like a grown-up;" and "Priest," "Volunteer," "Rides a bike" -- "Take the high road."

The ad showing the priest doesn't include a helmet. Perhaps it was left it in the rectory.

"Although the majority of motorists do respect bicyclists on the road, there is a minority that's often taking our lives in their hands," Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker said.

He said the Public Awareness Campaign was launched with "a generous grant from The Benter Foundation. Now it is up to us to sustain it."

Donations can be sent to Bike Pittsburgh, 188 43rd Street, Suite 1, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15201.

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Mon/Yough banquet

A presentation by artist Karen E. Howell and local historian Bob Cupp of their book, "River Reflections," and the election of five board members will be among the highlights Nov. 2 of the Mon/Yough Trail Council's annual meeting and banquet.

It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Court Time Sports Center, 95 Enterprise Street, Elizabeth Township. The deadline for reservations to the banquet, which costs $20 per person, is Friday.

Cathy Bartley, Bob Hoffman, Pam Magyar, Judy Marshall and Mary Reid have been nominated to fill five seats on the board.

Council member Bill Hall said crushed limestone has been applied to a 1,400-foot section of the Great Allegheny Passage near the Dravo Cemetery that was damaged by a landslide in July. Crushed limestone also will be used to cover a 300-foot section where heavy equipment was used.

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ARTA meeting

The election of new board members and an update on its recent fund-raising event will be on the agenda at the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association's (ARTA) annual general membership meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the YMCA, 1150 N. Water Street, Kittanning.

John Pryde, Sarah Heppenstall and Bob Jennings have been nominated to fill three vacant seats. Nominations from the floor also will be accepted.

Association President Toni Henry said 55 bicyclists participated in the Second Annual Eat, Play, Ride event Sept. 28 that raised more than $3,000 for trail improvements.

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Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette. First Published October 11, 2013 8:14 PM


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