Volunteers needed for Pitt-staffed intersection during OpenStreetsPGH

Pitt Sustainability will be directing traffic at an Uptown intersection for OpenStreets Pittsburgh on July 28 and is looking for a few volunteers to help out.

During OpenStreetsPGH, roads are closed off to vehicles for people to get active and take to the streets on their skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, scooters or just their feet. This is the third and last open streets day for this summer.

The route for this month’s event, hosted by the nonprofit BikePGH, crosses the 10th Street Bridge, then up East Carson Street to the Birmingham Bridge, and down Forbes Avenue to Market Square. Pitt Sustainability will be stationed at Forbes Avenue and Pride Street, just behind UPMC Mercy Hospital.

According to an announcement from Nick Goodfellow, Pitt sustainability coordinator, the table will direct participants at the intersection while providing music to “pump up the crowd.”

Any help would be appreciated, Goodfellow said. People can volunteer for just one hour if they want. And “wear your Pitt gear” to show some Pitt pride, he said.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up here. The table will operate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. but volunteer times are flexible. Volunteers will get free lunch from Jimmy John’s and an OpenStreetsPGH shirt.

The following streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:

  • Forbes Avenue from Market Square to the Birmingham Bridge
  • East Carson Street from the Birmingham Bridge to 10th Street 
  • The 10th Street Bridge and Armstrong Tunnels

The Birmingham Bridge will be open to car traffic in both directions on the northbound span.

— Donovan Harrell