The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) and its Bike-Ped Committee recently hosted a community-centric Fern Hollow Bridge Walk and Ride event, marking an uplifting chapter in the bridge’s history after its unfortunate collapse. With its recent reopening, the event served as a celebration of resilience and community spirit. About 40 community members joined the guided bike and walk tour, led by Bike-Ped Committee Chair Marshall Hershberg and SHUC Executive Director Maria Cohen, who provided informative commentary about the bridge’s significance, its reconstruction efforts, and plans for future pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The atmosphere was one of renewal and optimism. Families, couples, and individuals came together to appreciate the revitalized bridge and discuss ways to make the neighborhood more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly. The event wasn’t large in scale, but it was deeply meaningful for those who attended. Following the tour, the community gathered for family-style picnics, creating an environment of casual fellowship that allowed for meaningful conversations and shared visions for Squirrel Hill’s future.
A special shoutout goes to Park Pizza for generously providing discounted pizza and ice cream for the event, making the picnics all the more enjoyable. Their support added a layer of community involvement that contributed to the event’s warm atmosphere.
While the day was relaxed, the sense of community engagement was palpable. The Bike-Ped Committee received valuable feedback that will inform future projects, reinforcing that impactful change often starts at the grassroots level. Overall, the event was a cheerful reminder that the Squirrel Hill community stands strong, united in its resolve to make the area a better place for all, one step and one pedal at a time.
The Squirrel Hill Business District in collaboration with Pittsburgh City Council hosted a highly successful National Night Out event. The community came together in full force, making it a memorable evening of unity, fun, and engagement.
Preserving, Improving, and Celebrating the Quality of Life in Squirrel Hill
For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.