Explore Bus Rapid Transit

GET THERE PGH recently created a video to help demonstrate what using BRT will be like.

On June 20, 2013, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald led a delegation of community leaders to visit Cleveland and experience its highly regarded HealthLine. The HealthLine is the name given to Cleveland’s successful bus rapid transit – or BRT – line, where high quality transit has sparked neighborhood revitalization and new development. The Pittsburgh group sought to learn more about Cleveland’s model BRT as we continue to assess development of a similar BRT line between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Click here to watch the video.

Pitt’s Kids Fall Program

The University of Pittsburgh’s Family Saturdays Fall 2013 Program is accepting registrations.

The PITT’S KIDS program provides instruction in aquatics and physical activity to children ages 3–13 years old. As a developmental program, PITT’S KIDS is comprised of two parts: Physical Activity in the gym and Aquatic Instruction in the pool. All children involved participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities with a focus on progressive skill instruction. These Saturday mornings offer two sessions including: 50 minutes of physical activity and 50 minutes of aquatic instruction, plus a Parent Fitness program for parents of children who participate.

Who: Children Ages 3 to 13, including children with special needs
Days/Times: Saturdays, 9:45 a.m.–Noon, September 21st–November 23rd, 10 Sessions
Where: Trees Hall, University of Pittsburgh (Across from the Field House on Allequippa St)

This program is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s oldest community outreach program, Community Leisure-Learn, under the Department of Health and Physical Activity. Click here to learn more.

City Panhandling Ordinance

According to City of Pittsburgh Ordinance 602.04, it is illegal to panhandle:

  • Within 25 feet of an ATM, or the entrance to an establishment which has an ATM visible from the street.
  • Within 10 feet of a bus stop
  • Within 10 feet of a sidewalk food vendor
  • Within 25 feet of a sidewalk cafe or dining area, or
  • In an aggressive manner

Resources are available for individuals in need. If you have questions regarding panhandling near your business, contact Alex at 412-683-6243 ext 20.

For the full text of the Pittsburgh City Code referring to panhandling, please see section 602 at: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13525

Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day

Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day is quickly approaching – where will your spot be?


PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh is seeking area businesses, artist, designers and nonprofits to set up a community space inside a parking spot.

From a table and chairs to giant recycled sculptures – a  spot to some yoga to a mini dog park – the parking spot is your canvas.

What will your spot be on September 20th, 2013?  Sign up today. http://bit.ly/19N79Il


OBID Member Spotlight: Elaine Scheider

Elaine Scheider of Sir Speedy Printing is a big fan of the OBID.
“The organization is so informative and keeps us up to date on everything, a lot of which I wouldn’t otherwise know. I love the e-blast and newsletter and always look forward to reading it.”
Elaine is also a supporter of the OBID’s cleaning program. “The guys are always wonderful. I can walk down Forbes Avenue and I never even see a cigarette butt!”

Stop into Sir Speedy, 3614 Forbes Avenue and say “Hi” to our friend Elaine!