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Making Pittsburgh's televisions screens look extra sharp: Best Local Media Personalities Rick Sebak and WTAE Channel 4's Sally Wiggin and Wendy Bell
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Making Pittsburgh's televisions screens look extra sharp: Best Local Media Personalities Rick Sebak and WTAE Channel 4's Sally Wiggin and Wendy Bell

Best News for Cyclists

More bike lanes

Last year the best news for cyclists was new bike lanes. This year, guess what? More bike lanes! This summer, the city began installing protected bike lanes, the first of their kind in Pittsburgh. Eventually, the bike lanes will run along Penn Avenue, in the Strip District, and Saline Street, in Greenfield, as well as Schenley Park.

2nd: Bill Peduto

3rd: BikePGH

Best Peduto Administration Initiative

Protected Bike Lanes

Yes, automobile drivers, we can hear you wailing about the inconvenience of traffic changes on Penn Avenue, Downtown. But Peduto's support of cyclists — one part of his commitment to fitness and providing a more flexible transportation grid — has distinguished his term so far. If he cruises to re-election three years from now, it may be on a 10-speed.

2nd: Pothole fix

3rd: Support of Uber and Lyft

Best Living Pittsburgh Role Model

Mario Lemieux

Maybe some voters picked Mario in hopes that the active-duty Penguins would take his hard-driving example closer to heart — especially during the playoffs. But Lemieux's contributions to Pittsburgh go beyond hockey. His Mario Lemieux Foundation provides vital funding for cancer research and hospital facilities for sick children.

2nd: Rick Sebak

3rd: Charlie Batch

Best Media Personality

Rick Sebak

It's pretty hard to think about Rick Sebak and not think about Kennywood Park. For most of us, his 1988 documentary Kennywood Memories was our introduction to this one-of-a-kind local filmmaker-slash-celebrity. Since then, he's made nearly 40 films and has become one of the city's best-loved sons, drawing a crowd nearly everywhere he goes.

2nd: Sally Wiggin

3rd: Wendy Bell

Best Local Sports Moment

Pirates in the Playoffs

The Bucs' first playoff appearance in more than 20 years became one of the most talked-about stories in all of baseball, and the Oct. 1, 2013, Wild Card game against the Reds was possibly the most electric atmosphere in the history of Pittsburgh sports, rivaling previously untouchable Steelers levels of excitement.

2nd: Dan Bylsma getting fired

3rd: "Cueto" chant

Best Place to Have a Gay Wedding

Phipps Conservatory

1 Schenley Drive, Oakland

412-622-6914 or

Phipps Conservatory is probably one of the best places in the city to have any wedding. Not only are the event spaces beautiful, but you don't have to drive around town looking for great spots to take your pictures. Phipps offers three different locations for weddings, and even has several options to accommodate the reception.

2nd: Anywhere

3rd: Mount Washington

Best Local Place to Take a Selfie

Mount Washington

If we must selfie, let's head to Mount Washington, because a great background helps any selfie. (And confidentially, it makes it less about you.) From Mount Washington, the solo shutterbug can pose before the epic sweep of three rivers, two stadiums, one city center and numerous bridges. Click!

2nd: Point State Park, Downtown

3rd: PNC Park, North Side