For season one of the Car Free Calculator ;http://car-free.bike-pgh.org/; we have two metrics we'd like to reach: 500 registered subscribers and 100,000 miles. At nearly 80,000 miles the second goal is close at hand. The first goal of 500 initial subscribers is more of a challenge. This Winter we plan to begin development on the second phase.Our plans for phase two include batch entry so you don't have to individually log each day, a competition element that enables businesses and even neighborhoods to compete with one another, and easy navigation on smart phones.
We're only 19 subscribers shy of 400, which triggers the next raffle prize. We've had five winners so far. They've enjoyed prizes like gift certificates to the East End Food Coop, OTB, Piper's Pub, or an American Eagle swag bag. Don't forget to log your
miles;http://car-free.bike-pgh.org/; to help us reach the 100,000 mark before we start work on the upgrades.
On other fronts we had some more good bike news locally, 6 more Pittsburgh businesses were recognized for being a bike friendly business by the League of American Bicyclist's. All six were part of the inaugural class of BikePGH's Bike Friendly Employer program; http://bike-pgh.org/campaigns/bike-friendly-employer/;.
Read about the announcement on the BikePGH blog;http://bike-pgh.org/blog/2011/09/16/six-local-employers-earn-national-bike-friendly-recognition/;
This Friday is Transportation Exploration;http://bike-pgh.org/blog/2011/09/14/pittsburgh-transportation-exploration-set-for-september-23/; in Market Square from 7:30 to 9:30am. A big wrapped present that will be there waiting for you.
...The Pittsburgh Art Blog
The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com.
the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.