Radio Round Up – May 29, 2009 – Cakes, Museums and Bikes

Pedal Pittsburgh 2009
Image by pghmtb via Flickr
  • Meet Carlos and Joe who are on a cross country bike ride to encourage more people to ride their bike to work
  • Friday, May 29 – 2:30pm @Pittsburgh Technology Council Offices on 2nd Avenue
  • On Friday – stop by for free cake from the famous Charm City Cakes (aka Food Network’s Ace of Cakes)
  • On Sunday – free family fun activities

Beyond Bikes Celebration

  • Saturday, May 30 Noon-3, @The Kingley Association
  • Free Family Bike Celebration for Beginning Cyclists
  • Larry McGee cut this record in 1976
  • YouTube video includes
  • All day Saturday – stop by to visit the new center
  • Saturday, May 30, 2009
  • New citizen journalism project
  • Launch Party and Workshop
  • Tuesday, June 2 6-8pm at the Union Project


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Meet the Real Geeks Who Ride Bikes on Friday

Back in February I read this blog post on The Blog Herald about 2 guys who were planning a bike ride across the country to encourage more geeks to ride bikes to work.  When I looked at the map and saw they weren’t planning a stop in a geek friendly, bike friendly city like Pittsburgh – I sent Joe and Carlos an email about making a stop in Pittsburgh.  


Joe and Carlos and the Susquehanna River

Joe and Carlos and the Susquehanna River

Last week Joe and Carlos started their bike ride and tomorrow, May 28 they will be making a stop here in Pittsburgh.  They have been updating their blog daily and you can read about their adventures and check out some great pictures at or follow along on twitter @realgeeksride

Meet Real Geeks Ride
Friday May 29, 2009, 2:30pm
Pittsburgh Technology Council Office, 2nd Ave 

More info at BikePGH and Techburger

May 30, 2009 – Free Family Bike Fun and the Major Taylor Cycling Club

Major Taylor racing in Paris
Image via Wikipedia

Saturday,  May 30 is Beyond Bikes Day – a family friendly bicycle celenbration for beginners – I wan’t to make sure to point out that this is beginner friendly – I know we have posted lots of bike information but I am a bike begginner myself and I know that it can be intimidating.  

Beyond Bikes Day is organized by Venture Outdoors and the Major Taylor Cycling Club

The event will be held Saturday, May 30, at the Kingsley Association Community Center at 6435 Frankstown Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. This particular event will encourage biking as a family-friendly activity, as well as showcase some of the bike lanes in Pittsburgh, particularly the bike lane along East Liberty Boulevard. Riders are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets. A limited number of loaner bikes will be available. Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the day, including kids’ bikes and biking gear.

I had seen a reference to the Major Taylor Club before but I didn’t know much about it.  The Pittsburgh Chapter is a project of Pitt’s Center for Minority Health.  

Do you know Major Taylor? 

In the late 1890’s bicycle races drew crowds that filled Madison Square Garden; the biggest draw of all was Marshall W. Major Taylor. Having become the undisputed black champion of America, Taylor overcame racial segregation and intolerance to become the one-mile sprint world champion in 1899, and by the end of 1898 held seven world cycling records! 

Why is this important? 

The University of Pittsburgh‘s Center for Minority Health and Adventure Cycling Association share the goal of encouraging people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, including African Americans, to explore the landscapes and history of America by bicycle. That is why these two organizations are committed to creating an Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. Throughout history black people have used bicycles as a mode of transportation. Both Major Taylor and the Underground Railroad represent the struggle to freedom from slavery and the challenge to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.  

More info on the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club is availble here.  Also the blogger Pittsburgh Guy has a great post about the Major Taylor Club and their ride to show support for the families of the police officers that will killed in April. [Read more…]

Radio Round Up – May 22, 2009

homecoming | prom
Image by whatnot via Flickr

Mt. Washington Artists Marketplace

  • This Sat and every Saturday through the summer
  • Artist market, live music and more
  • Shilo Street in Mt. Washington
Golf for the Non-Golfer…
  • Saturday, May 23 8pm-Midnight
  • Break out your old prom and bridesmaid dresses
  • Benefits the Union Project
  • Snacks, Punch, Dance Lessons and Promo Photos included
  • Pittsburgh History meets Pittsburgh food
  • Weekly walking and eating tours of the strip district and bloomfield
  • Info and registration at
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 5-9pm
  • Millvale PA
  • All of the proceeds benefit the renovations of the Millvale Library
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Links Worth a Look – May 21st

Here are some links/articles/blog posts that are worth a look:

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