Sept 15 – Event & Raffle to Support Cyclist Who Was Attacked Last Week

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.

How you can help

Fundraiser for Pgh Cyclist Who Was Attacked Last Week

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Colin Albirght Fundraiser
Saturday, September 15, 2012
OTB Bicycle Cafe, 2518 East Carson Street

More Details on the event from BikePittsburgh
The Bike Pittsburgh Blog Archives " Sat Sept 15: Fundraiser for South Side attack victim Colin Albright at OTBLocal cyclists are throwing a fundrasier for Colin Albright, the Pro Bikes mechanic who was brutally attacked in a road rage incident in …
Here is the link to OTB’s website if you need directions
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Win A New Bike!

just one of the many awesome prizes donated for this event – scroll down for more
Here is a picture of the KHS flight 100. City Bikes

More Awesome Raffle Prizes from…

Pittsburgh businesses are AMAZING at donating their time, money and product to support others. Even if you can’t attend the event – keep these folks in mind and shop locally!  If you would like to donate something to raffle send an email to and we will forward it over to them.
Commonwealth Press
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fundraiser for colin at OTB this sat: – read up/help out. @otbbicyclecafe @bikepghcommonwealthpress
East End Brewing
East End Brewing Company – BUY A GOOD FRIEND A GOOD …Pittsburgh microbrewer. Descriptions of beers, background, events, news, photo gallery, and bars where the beer is served.
Fat Heads’s Saloon
Fat Head's | Saloon, Brewery, Brewpub | Pittsburgh, PA and …Welcome to Fat Head's. Fat Head's consists of Fat Head's Saloon, located in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as Fat Heads's Brew…
OTB Bicycle Cafe
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Thick BikesCustom frame builder of freestyle, BMX and mountain bikes located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In The Blood Tattoo
In The Blood TattooWelcome to In The Blood Tattoo… … We are proud to provide clean and classic tattoos in a professional environment. In The Blood was e…
Just picked a gift certificate from In The Blood Tattoo for a tattoo up to $200 for the fundraiser. City Bikes
Free Ride Pittsburgh
Free Ride PittsburghFree Ride is a bicycle recycling and education facility focused on teaching the do -it-yourself approach to bicycle repair and maintenan…
Here is some swag from Free Ride! City Bikes
Iron City Bikes
Iron City BikesEmail: Follow us on. Recent Updates. Select Category, News, Racing, Uncategorized. © Iron City Bikes. Powered by…
Big Dog Coffee
Big Dog Coffee :: South Side Pittsburgh Coffee ShopToday, that bakery is now home to Big Dog Coffee. It's the first time this incredible structure has gone beyond the original bloodl…
Piper’s Pub
Piper's Pub – Food , Drink and Football ( Soccer ) from Scotland …Pipers Pub is a Pittsburgh PA pub. We have a full menu for brunch,lunch and dinner. Pipers Pub also has extensive beer & Scotch lists.
Smokin’ Joes
Best Beer Selection | Smokin' Joe's SaloonSmokin' Joe's Located In The Historic South Side Of Pittsburgh.
Cafee Davio
Caffe DavioWebsite for Caffe Davio, East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Carson Street Deli
Upscale, Casual Dinning – Pittsburgh, PA – Carson Street Deli …It is our goal to provide each of our customers the best upscale, casual, fast dining experience possible. We use only the freshest and…
REI Pittsburgh
Store – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Sporting Goods, Camping … – REIREI Pittsburgh is a premier outdoor gear and sporting goods store serving outdoor enthusiasts in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Cycling Organizations

Bike Pittsburgh
Bike Pittsburgh, Bicycle Advocacy, Safety and Community in …Fun Event! Friday, September 7: National Bike Challenge Wrap Party. Pittsburgh region finishes as largest Metro Area in the top 40. Pho…
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Free Ride
Free Ride PittsburghFree Ride is a bicycle recycling and education facility focused on teaching the do -it-yourself approach to bicycle repair and maintenan…
Free Ride Pittsburgh PA – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Community Organization | FacebookFree Ride Pittsburgh PA – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Community Organization | Facebook
Flock of Cycles
Flock of Cycles | Riding safe and fun.This morning, at a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust press conference, the board for first night announced that Flock of Cycles will be part of a…
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MGR Foundation – Positive Spin
The MGR FoundationPositive Spin is an exciting health, wellness, and mentoring program offered by the MGR Foundation for Pittsburgh’s high school youth. Th…
MGR Foundation (MGRFoundation) on TwitterInstantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

Press coverage about the attack

South Side bicyclist stabbed in road rage incidentColin Albright was bicycling home Wednesday night when, he told police, he may have inadvertently cut off a motorist as he headed from th…
Cyclist’s Throat Slashed in Pittsburgh Attack " Urban VeloFrom WPXI: A man was rushed to the hospital after police said his throat was slashed during an attack in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Accordi…
Police release description of bicyclist’s attackerPittsburgh police provided a description of the man who repeatedly stabbed a cyclist Wednesday night on the South Side in an act that may…

Alternative Fuel: East End Brewing 2012 Keg Ride

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.



Check out more photos at BikePGH’s public Flickr group!

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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The Hills Are Alive…

Canton Avenue, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's B...
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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)

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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…]