BikeFest + Batman = The Batcycle

Bike Pittsburgh is celebrating all things bicycle in Pittsburgh from August 12-21, 2011. 10 days, 1 big bad fundraiser, 70+ bicycle events for cyclists of ever level, a photo contest and fun in the sun – thats BikeFest in a nutshell.  We have our eye on many great BikeFest events – but there is an extra special one this Sunday – The Batcycle.

The Batcycle – Bicycle Ride

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Meet at Dippy The Dino in Oakland

The Batcycle from Batman (1966). Built by Dan ...

Image via Wikipedia

To celebrate the new Batman movie being filmed in Pittsburgh, we will go on a Batman themed ride. Dress up like Batman, Robin, or any other Batman character, although costumes are not required. Decorate your bicycle if you’d like. This is a no-drop ride at a relatively slow pace. We will swing by downtown filming locations, and get as close as we can to the road closures. This ride will end at Dippy. Bring your family and of course kids are more than welcome. Rain does not cancel, helmets are required, and our route length will be around 10 miles or less.

Click here for the entire BikeFest Calendar.

A Big Weekend for the Bicycle in Pittsburgh


Image by paukrus via Flickr

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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Bringing Bicycles to the Big Screen

Kraynick's on Penn Ave
Image by lemonad via Flickr

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
Image by IheartPGH via Flickr

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…]

Links Worth a Look – August 24th

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

  • Ambiance Boutique to Open a 3rd Location in Lawrenceville in September 2009 – Ambiance Boutique is a project of the non profit Bethlhem Haven – they have two consignment shops located in Regent Square and Oakmont all of the proceeds from Ambiance Boutique benefit Bethlehem Haven. A third location will be opening on Butler Street in Lawrenceville in September 2009. They have a great selection on women’s clothing (the Oakmont location also carries home decor items) and are very helpful when it comes to taking consignments too. Check out the photo of the new shop and follow Ambiance on twitter – [Read more…]