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Pittsburgh City Council moves to allow bicyclists on wooded paths in parks

Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday advanced legislation that would permit bicyclists to ride on wooded paths in city parks.

A city ordinance that has not been enforced prohibited mountain biking on narrow park trails, said Councilman Corey O’Connor, who sponsored an amendment to the law.

Amending the ordinance will clarify where riding is permitted and raise Pittsburgh’s status among bicycle enthusiasts, said cycling advocates who appeared before City Council.

“A lot of cities now are competing because they want to attract younger workers who want to live in a place where they don’t have to fear for their lives to ride a bicycle,” said Eric Boerer, advocacy director for Bike Pittsburgh. “This raises Pittsburgh’s status as a bike-friendly city.”

He said bicycle riders have been advocating for a policy change for years, but they didn’t press for it because the ordinance was not enforced. Mountain bikers regularly use trails in Frick, Schenley and Riverview parks, Boerer said.

O’Connor, who chairs council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said he was unaware of the regulation until mountain biker Eryn Hughes of Point Breeze contacted his office in December.

Council unanimously approved the amendment in a preliminary vote and is scheduled for a final vote Tuesday, O’Connor said.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or [email protected].

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