I don’t know if you saw this story in the news last week or not – last Wednesday a cyclist was violently attacked by a driver on the South Side. Please take a moment to read the story in the Post-Gazette here - they have released a description of the driver who has still not been identified.
The cyclist, Colin Albirght, has been in the hospital but he will be okay. I have seen some photos of his injuries, I don’t think it is appropriate to share those with out talking with him first – but shocking is not strong enough of a word to describe the photos.
Some friends of the cyclist are organizing a raffle and event to raise some money to help with expenses and recovery. This is where Pittsburgh is awesome – already numerous businesses and organizations have donated raffle prizes.
This is an opportunity to not only support Colin but to support the cycling community in Pittsburgh. Bikes are a good thing for Pittsburgh – less people in cars is a good thing for Pittsburgh. And the cycling community here has come together to do really good things for others in Pittsburgh – if you aren’t familiar with groups like Bike Pittsburgh, Free Ride, Flock of Cycles – please visit their websites and learn more about them. I also just learned about the Positive Spin program from the MGR Foundation that is working to provide city youth with cycling mentors.
Say hello to Iva! She comes to IheartPGH with photo skills and a super camera! We’re excited for more of her posts that will have way better photos than the ones from my sad little Blackberry camera. Check out her awesome photos from the East End Brewing Keg ride last weekend
Cyclists love getting together and riding in absurdly large groups. I believe we’re entertained by the idea of being a spectacle — children shout “Wow! Bicycles!”, people stand on stoops taking video with flip cameras, traffic patterns react to the bikes and not the other way around. And, in my experience, cyclists LOVE beer. Why else would Pittsburgh have a bicycle bar on the South Side and maybe the most popular cycling jersey in town is the Big Hop jersey.
East End Brewing has it’s finger on that pulse. The 8th annual Pedal Pale keg ride sold out 600 registrations — after adding an extra hundred registration slots four days before ride. Proceeds from registration fees went to ABOARD’s autism connection and BikePGH. Someone even donated $250 to pull a keg!
Part of the magic of the Pedal keg ride is that the destination is kept a secret, right up until the kegs pull over. Beginning at the brewery’s new location on Frankstown Avenue The procession mostly meandered through the beautiful neighborhood of Highland Park, making a full loop around the reservoir. Then, 600 cyclists descended upon Station Street Hot Dogs, tapped some tasty kegs and destroyed hot dogs like it was our job.
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
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.
not with the sound of music, but with the sound of cyclists and Rick Sebak brought some video cameras along. Tonight (Wednesday, January 26) and I am sure many other times because these things do get repeated – Rick Sebak’s show Its Pittsburgh takes a look at The Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen is an “unofficial” bicycle race that goes something like 58 miles up and down 13 of the steepest streets in Pittsburgh, including Canton Avenue, arguably the steepest public street in the world).
Make sure you check out the The Dirty Dozen website here for a complete history of the race, winners and temperature on race day – amazing that it has only snowed during the race in 1983.
If you would like to watch this with other cyclists – there is a screening party tonight at OTB Bicycle Cafe with drink specials too, screening is at 7:30 but the party starts at 6:30. More info at BikePGH and OTB Facebook Page.
(h/t to @PatrickK for the heads up on this screening)
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. Continue reading →