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Pittsburgh’s Mayor Peduto Wants to “Leapfrog” Your City on Livability

9:22 AM PDT on September 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is putting the rest of the United States on notice. His city is on the rise and he fully intends to implement bicycling, walking and complete streets policies that enhance and make his city more attractive to young talent and business. The newest bike stats show Pittbsurgh has the 11th highest bike mode share in the country. And for the first time in over half a century, Pittsburgh is expecting a population increase.

Mayor Peduto at Park(ing) Day 2014. Photo courtesy of the City of Pittsburgh

Earlier this month, the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Pro-Place conference took place in Pittsburgh. The energy of the city -- and of Mayor Peduto -- was on display. Pittsburgh has implemented its first true protected bike lanes downtown and is looking to create a more multi-modal city that more fairly balances transportation modes.

When talking with the Mayor it's immediately obvious how well-versed in urbanism and the history of cities he is. He went on a study tour with The Green Lane Project to experience some of the best bicycling in Denmark this past summer.

Cities across the country have been electing good mayors who understand one of the keys to growing a city is having equitable transportation policies that work for all people. Mayor Peduto is one of the best.

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