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Plus, Fourth of July fireworks are back with a bang.
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🚲 Everything you need to know about biking in the ‘Burgh

Plus, Fourth of July fireworks are back with a bang.

Happy Tuesday, Pittsburgh!

Or should I say, happy primary day? Did you cast your ballot yet?

There are so many important races to vote on, and we covered them here in our election guide, in case you need a last-minute refresher. There are ballot questions, too, including a racial equality amendment that could become the constitution’s fourth equality provision.

Take some time to make your voice heard today. Together, we can all make a difference.

What are yinz waiting for? Get to the polls! They close at 8 p.m. If you requested an absentee or mail-in ballot, it has to reach the county’s department of elections by 8 p.m. tonight in order to be counted.

If you’ve already done your civic duty, go ahead and read on. There’s plenty of news to catch up on today. Then, we’re switching gears with a Q-and-A with BikePGH for Bike Anywhere Week.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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3 things to know today

💉 Pennsylvania pediatricians are raising red flags on a new GOP vaccination proposal, saying that it would interfere with their job and will put newborns and sick children at risk of getting a potentially deadly infection. 

  • How? “The Immunization Freedom Act,” sponsored by Republican state Rep. David Zimmerman, in part, seeks to bar pediatricians from denying care to a child whose parent does not want to follow the CDC immunization schedule. But if doctors can not control the traffic in their own offices, they risk exposing children with COVID-19 to immunocompromised children.
  • Quotable: “The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy for Pediatrics and doctors interviewed for this story say almost every sentence in the bill is based on misinformation. And regardless of how likely it is the measure would become law, they are concerned legislators are giving voice to anti-science ideas that affect what happens in their exam rooms.” (90.5 WESA)
  • Related: The same disparities that were seen in vaccinating adults may be worse for children. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for kids as young as 12 years old, but structural barriers to health care and the lack of access to technology and transportation has made getting vaccinated harder for Black and brown Americans. (90.5 WESA)

😷 Don’t forget your masks at home just yet. Even though the CDC said that fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most places, states and schools can still require them as a layer of protection for their employees or customers that may have underlying conditions. (90.5 WESA)

  • Related: This goes for public transportation too. Port Authority of Allegheny County is reminding Pittsburghers that these are the requirements, even for fully vaccinated individuals. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

📣 Dozens of Pittsburgh residents gathered in Oakland on Friday to stand in solidarity with Palestinians after recent violence killed at least 103 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including at least 27 children. Israeli officials reported that seven people in Israel have been killed, including two children. Local political, religious, and cultural groups called on the Biden administration and Congress to publicly condemn the Israeli government’s actions. (90.5 WESA)

3 things to make you smile

🎆 Pittsburgh’s summer is starting with a bang because the traditional Independence Day fireworks display is returning to Point State Park this year, as COVID-19 restrictions have been eased. (TribLIVE)

🍓 The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s rolling farmers’ market, Green Grocer, is bringing fresh produce to local food desert communities, stopping at 20 different neighborhoods each week. Click here for the full schedule. (NEXTPittsburgh)

💛 We’re fond of this fawn story. An adorable newborn deer appeared to be abandoned in Stanton Heights this weekend. But after several hours of merely moving, the fragile fawn sought refuge on a nearby deck where it waited patiently for several hours before it’s mother came back. (TribLIVE)

🚲 Everything you need to know about biking in Pittsburgh with BikePGH

(📸: @bikepgh)

BikePGH is a local nonprofit that works to make our streets safer, more accessible, and friendly to bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Now through Friday, they’re getting locals amped up for their two-wheel commutes with Bike Anywhere Week. The series includes an advocate workshop, bike light giveaway, WMNBikePGH Confident & Comfortable Cycling Workshop, tips for bike-friendly workplace coffee meetup, and of course, Bike Anywhere Day.

Yesterday, BikePGH hosted a Q-and-A on its Instagram, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to expand on some of those questions for all of you. Here’s our round-up of facts, tips, and helpful answers from BikePGH, so you can safely pedal through Pittsburgh.

How bike friendly is Pittsburgh?

While the lack of traditional street grids makes our city a bit trickier to bike in, the city’s features — like the rivers and hills — also make it a beautiful place to ride. Luckily, Pittsburgh is getting more bike-friendly everyday. This year, Pittsburgh is adding hundreds of miles of new bike lanes to its existing networks. Here’s the Pittsburgh Bike Map that details all the routes around the city.

A new poll shows that most Pittsburgh voters are actually not opposed to bike lanes. In fact, city residents are eager to see safe streets with more investment in transportation, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure.

If I’m new to biking in the city, where should I start?

Learning to ride confidently on city streets is a lot like learning how to ride a bike. It takes practice and patience. Here’s BikePGH’s list of tips for new Pittsburgh bicyclists, including: practicing your hand signals and the ABC (air, brakes, chains) quick check.

Among the list of tips is advice on being aware of the road hierarchy: “There is an unfortunate hierarchy on the road. Trucks and buses > cars > bikes > pedestrians. As a bicyclist, you’re in the lower-middle end of that hierarchy. On one hand, this means you need to be aware of the dangers of cars. If a driver is being aggressive, just get out of their way. It’s not worth the fight. On the other hand, this means you need to respect the rights of pedestrians. Yield to pedestrians at intersections. In Yinzer speak, don’t be a jagoff,” the blog post read.

Some Pittsburgh neighborhoods are getting new bike infrastructure. How do we use it?

In the last ten years alone, our city has seen over 90 miles of bike infrastructure and counting. Learn about the different lanes and how to use them.

For example, did you know what a bifurcated sharrow lane was? Maybe you did, but just didn’t know that it was called that. These have sharrows in both directions and are often used on narrow streets to show that cyclists are encouraged to take that route.

Where should I buy bike gear locally?

At The Incline, we always encourage our readers to shop local. Buying bike gear from neighborhood shops will do more than just help the local economy; it’s also a great way to get involved in the local cycling community. Of course, BikePGH has you covered with a list of local bicycle shops to support. Plus, if you become a BikePGH member, you can get discounts.

For the full round-up of facts, tips, and helpful resources from BikePGH, follow this link.

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Today

📖 Listen to local author Brian Broome talk about his coming-of-age memoir about Blackness, masculinity, and addiction at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures' Made Local series (Online)

✏️ Explore the fascinating connections between Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Fallingwater at a virtual program hosted by The Frick Pittsburgh (Online)

🎶 Watch musical performances, theater, and dance on Flagstaff Hill at Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts (Schenley Park)

📖 Hear from one of Japan’s most important and best-selling contemporary writers, Mieko Kawakami, at City of Asylum's International LitFest (Online)

Tomorrow

💃 Spice it up with dance and exercise during Wellness Wednesday Zumba in Allegheny Commons Park (North Side)

📕 Discover the life and work of Braddock writer Thomas Bell, immigrant experiences in the Mon Valley, and the impact of industrialism on contemporary Pittsburgh (Online)

📖 Discover the work of Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen and his newest novel, The Committed, at City of Asylum's International LitFest (Online)

Thursday

🎭 Join Pittsburgh Public Theater for a virtual benefit reading of Black Ballerina portraying three generations of incredibly skilled Black dancers struggling to keep their dreams on point in the face of discrimination (Online)

📖 Join Nobel Prize winning author Olga Tokarczuk as she discusses her award winning book Flights at City of Asylum's International LitFest (Online)

Friday

🎭 Join Pittsburgh Public Theater for our virtual benefit reading of Black Ballerina portraying three generations of incredibly skilled Black dancers struggling to keep their dreams on point in the face of discrimination (Online)

🌱 Enjoy Donna's Natural Happy Hour, a refreshing and relaxing way to end your week for those in recovery (South Side Slopes)

One more thing …

Since it’s Bike Anywhere Week, I’d love to hear your favorite places to bike in the ‘Burgh. What’s your favorite two-wheel adventure to take in the city? Or, if you have issues with the current bike infrastructure and are passionate about making it more accessible, let me know those thoughts too!

One of my oldest and dearest friends, who I used to ride bikes with when I was a little kid, moved to the North Side near me last summer. We had the best time bicycling around the ‘Burgh, just like the old days. Our favorite ride was along the Allegheny Riverfront Trail, over the Clemente Bridge, and through the city to The Point. There, we’d sit, chat, and soak in the beautiful sunset. I can’t wait to do it again this summer!

That’s it for today. See you back here tomorrow. Go vote!

— Francesca at The Incline

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