Americans guzzle 391 million gallons of gasoline a day, pumping out greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, particulate pollution, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and hazardous air toxics. With some of the worst air quality in the country, single-passenger vehicles are a particular problem here in the Pittsburgh region. But there’s another, growing trend in our region–a trend towards “alternative” transportation. In this episode, we take a walk, a climb, a bike ride, and a bus through Pittsburgh’s history right up to the present. Hop on your favorite mode of (non-car!) transportation and join us on the road to a cleaner future.
Call to Action: Support alternative transportation! We have the perfect place for you to do it. Check out this year’s final OpenStreets on July 28th. It’s going to wind through the East End and–located somewhere along the way–will be GASP’s table with games and opportunities to get involved.
Lisa Valentino: Four years ago, Lisa embarked on a project to walk every street in Pittsburgh. Beginning near her house in Point Breeze and slowly radiating her way outward, Lisa shows us why walking is not only a good way to get around, but a way to gain a better understanding of yourself and the city you live in. Check her out at lisavcreative.com or follow her on Instagram @lisa.valentino.
Laura Zurowski: Pittsburgh has more city steps than any other city in the world, and Laura has committed herself to walking all of them. Follow her project at mis-steps.com and follow her on Instagram @mis.steps. To go on your own stair adventure, check out Laura’s field guide and inspiration, Pittsburgh Steps by Bob Regan.
Scott Bricker: Co-founder & Executive Director of BikePGH, Scott is committed to getting people out of their cars and into healthy, active modes of transportation through community events like OpenStreetsPGH, education efforts, and advocacy.
Laura Wiens: As the Director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Laura believes that access to public transit is a human right. Her organization’s goal is to defend and expand our public transit system to benefit residents and transit workers and to provide a sustainable future for all.
Disclaimer: The views expressed on On the Air are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Group Against Smog and Pollution.