Penn Avenue bike lanes. Photo courtesy of PeopleForBikes.

PeopleforBikes is excited about the country’s two-wheeled transformation in the year 2014– and overall, so is Pittsburgh.

Michael Anderson, a Green Lane Project staff writer, says that 2014 saw the development of protected bike lanes grow twice as fast as in 2013. In a best-of list, PeopleforBikes named 10 of the best new protected lanes in the country.

Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue appears at #8 on the list, below Portland’s Multnomah Boulevard. Anderson had this to say about Penn:

“If Pittsburgh sticks with its plans, this rapidly executed project — announced in July, built by September — will become the spinal cord of a new on-street biking network that’ll link the city’s excellent riverside paths to commercial and cultural destinations downtown. Downtown business leaders lined up behind this project and Allegheny County followed too, promising connecting protected lanes on two nearby bridges. Though Penn’s not perfect, neither was the status quo — and hey, neither were you when you were four months old. Pittsburgh has always been a city of action, and that’s its style with bike lanes too.”

For a full list of winners, visit the full article.

Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.