A Big Weekend for the Bicycle in Pittsburgh


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Pittsburgh has been gaining quite a bit of attention from other places for our bicycle friendly community.  This is due in large part to the hard work of the folks at BikePgh and the people in Pittsburgh who ride their bikes and want to make this a better place for all bike riders.

Even if you don’t have a bike or like to ride a bike (the only bike I have been on in the past 10 years is the spinning bike – I am great at pedaling and going nowhere) – we can all celebrate the community of cyclists that are putting Pittsburgh on the national map as a place for cyclists.

So there is a lot of stuff happening in town for cyclists of all levels this weekend

FRIDAY is National Bike to Work Day

BikePgh has got breakfast ready for anyone who is biking to work:

  • Market Square: 7:30 to 9:30
  • Carnegie Mellon, University Center Merson Courtyard: 7:30 to 10:00
  • Chatham University, Pond area adjacent to the Mellon Center: 7:30 to 10:00
  • Whole Foods, Shadyside/East Liberty: 7:30 to 10:30
  • REI, South Side Works: 8:00 to 10:00

Check out how much you can save with the Car Free Calculator

Pick up your sticker tomorrow morning at one of the breakfast spots and save even more – BikePGH has lined up some great discounts with local businesses – check out the entire list here.

SUNDAY is Pedal Pittsburgh

Each year the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) hosts Pedal Pittsburgh.  An annual bike ride around the city with routes for every level of cyclist.  This year’s event starts and ends at SouthSide Works. There are 6 different routes around the city from 6 to 60 miles long.  A great way to check out Pittsburgh on two wheels and to support the CDCP.

Looking for more bike rides? Check out the BikePGH calendar which lists many different rides that are open to everyone all around the city.

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Pittsburgh Mini Climate Ride – April 23

The Climate Ride is a bike ride from New York to Washington, DC in May that raises money to support sustainable solutions and environmental causes.  There is also a Climate Ride in California in the fall.

Transition Pittsburgh, a newer group in Pittsburgh focused on community building and sustainable development, is organizing the Pittsburgh Mini Climate Ride.   This ride is a 15 mile bike ride around Pittsburgh which will stop at local businesses and nonprofits that are focused on sustainability.   The ride will raise funds for the national Climate Ride.

Pittsburgh Mini Climate Ride
April 23, 2011
Bike Ride 1-5pm
Happy Hour Party for riders and non riders – 5-8pm
Facebook Event Link –  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205860669431690

The Ride is a 15 mile loop starting and ending at OTB.  Suggested donation is $15/$20.  The tour will be stopping at the following places:

  • CCI
  • Bike PGH
  • Tree Pittsburgh
  • Grow Pittsburgh
  • East End Brewing Co
  • Transition PGH
  • and more!

The Happy Hour will also be at OTB and is free for riders and $5 for everyone else.

You can read more about the ride at BikePGH, thanks to East End Brewery for the heads up on this great event.

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In Case You Missed It…Streetfilms Visits Pittsburgh

Thanks to the folks at BikePGH for the heads up on this video.  Streetfilms, which is part of the Streetsblog network.  The Streetsblog network is an awesome collection of blogs, news stories on sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets issues [Read more…]

Bringing Bicycles to the Big Screen

Kraynick's on Penn Ave
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On Monday, December 20 – you can catch the Pittsburgh premier of Life Cycles – a feature length documentary about bicycles.  I will admit that I am not an avid cyclist – but I am in full support of bicycling in Pittsburgh.  While I have become a pro at pedaling a bike to nowhere (thanks to spinning class) I haven’t gotten the nerve to ride in traffic. Thankfully Pittsburgh has an amazing bicycle community (thank you Bike Pittsburgh!) – last night I was driving a friend home (thanks Zipcar) – she has been biking more and more and was telling me how she was a non-cyclist until she hesitantly checked out one of the group rides during Bikefest last summer.

Also, even if you aren’t ready to become a super cyclist – the bicycle community has been an amazing this for Pittsburgh – one of the many reasons that Pittsburgh continues to receive praise for being such a great place to live. [Read more…]

Sept. 17 – Happy Park(ing) Day Pittsburgh!

Parking Day picture from Sq.  Hill
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I have been stuck at home all week – fighting off what I hope will be the first and only cold of the fall season.  I have been catching up on bad tv and blog reading and one of the events that has been receiving much attention in the blogosphere and beyond – it was actually a friend who I saw on the bus last week that first reminded me about Park(ing) Day.

Park(ing) Day is an annual event that is celebrate here in Pittsburgh and other cities around the globe (New York, London, Brisbane, Los Angeles) – where parking spaces are turned into mini parks for the day. Park(ing) day is a chance to see some creative ideas around parks and to think about how we use our public spaces.

Just a few years ago – Oakland had a large, what I thought at the time was – lovely and convenient parking lot right next to the library, museum and the Cathedral of Learning.  But the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy had bigger ideas and the big parking lot has been replaced with Schenley Plaza – which is much more lovely than a parking lot.  It is great to see the plaza and the tent filled with people enjoying the space on sunny afternoons.  Schenley Plaza is just one example of how we can start to re-imagine our public spaces.  [Read more…]