BikePGH http://wesa.fm en Downtown Streets to Close this Sunday for Community Festival http://wesa.fm/post/downtown-streets-close-sunday-community-festival <p>Several downtown Pittsburgh streets will be closed Sunday to host Pittsburgh's&nbsp; first Open Streets event, which will include Tai Chi, Zumba, dance classes and a rock climbing wall--all for free.</p><p>Open Streets was started 30 years ago in Colombia.&nbsp; It is a time when cities shut down sections of roads so that pedestrians, and cyclists can move about freely.</p><p>In Pittsburgh, streets from Market Square to the Clemente Bridge will be closed for the event, but Mike Carroll, an events coordinator from BikePGH says traffic will not be impacted too heavily.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:55:06 +0000 Jess Lasky 32578 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes http://wesa.fm/post/bike-pittsburgh-starts-cycling-classes <p>Pittsburgh is the 35<sup>th</sup> most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine.</p><p>Now, Bike Pittsburgh is introducing cycling classes in an effort to make the city be even more bike-able.</p><p>The “Fundamentals of City Cycling” class is taught indoors at The Wheel Mill in Homewood. Participants will learn about the basics of bicycling including techniques to maneuver obstacles such as curbs and potholes; using hand signals; how to start and stop in traffic; and, how to perform a pre-ride safety check.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 32176 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes BikePGH Reveals Vision for 'Better Bikeways' http://wesa.fm/post/bikepgh-reveals-vision-better-bikeways <p>Bike Pittsburgh is pedaling toward a vision of Pittsburgh where cyclists have their own space to ride safely.</p><p>This can be done with bikeways, or passages made specifically for bicyclists to ride.</p><p>Scott Bricker, BikePGH executive director, said the lack of bikeways in Pittsburgh present many challenges to bicyclists.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 17146 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Ahead in Competition with Cleveland Cyclists http://wesa.fm/post/bike-pittsburgh-ahead-competition-cleveland-cyclists <p>Sorry, Cleveland. It appears Pittsburgh will likely be victorious in yet another facet of the intra-city rivalry that has existed since before the Cuyahoga River caught fire.</p><p>This year, Bike Cleveland challenged Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) to see which city could log the most points in the National Bike Challenge, and with four days to go, BikePGH is in the lead.</p><p>Pittsburgh, which was the largest city to finish among the top 40 nationwide in 2012, is now ranked 169.</p><p>The friendly competition began May 1 and will finish Sept. 30.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 17153 at http://wesa.fm BikeFest: Celebrating the Culture of Cycling http://wesa.fm/post/bikefest-celebrating-culture-cycling <p>Bike Pittsburgh’s annual <a href="http://bikepgh.org/campaigns/bikefest/">Bike Fest</a> is back with over 100 events, celebrating the bike community and the city.&nbsp; Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Brinker says with the addition of more bright green lanes, miles of bike trails and a promising new bike share program for 2014, Pittsburghers are embracing the bicycle culture.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:44:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14449 at http://wesa.fm BikeFest: Celebrating the Culture of Cycling With More Pittsburghers Riding, BikeFest is Bigger Than Ever http://wesa.fm/post/more-pittsburghers-riding-bikefest-bigger-ever <p>With more people riding bikes in Pittsburgh, it seems only natural that the 9<sup>th</sup> annual BikeFest is longer than ever.</p><p>BikeFest, which begins Friday, is a fundraiser celebrating all things bicycling to create a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city.</p><p>Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, said a strong bicycle community will make the city more attractive to visitors.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:54:03 +0000 Michael Lynch 14465 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Second Bicycling Boom http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-second-bicycling-boom <p></p><p>At the turn of the 20th century, bicycling enthusiast and Pittsburgh native, Frank Lenz was an American celebrity. His two wheeled global journey, and eventual disappearance in Turkey, are chronicled in David V. Herlihy's book <em>The Lost Cyclist</em>. Last year Herlihy came to Pittsburgh and <em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> to celebrate <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/a-lens-on-lenz-on-the-south-side-635673/">Frank Lenz Day</a>. This year, in observation of Lenz's world tour departure, we look at Pittsburgh's place in cycling history with WESA reporter <strong>Margaret Krauss</strong>. Tue, 14 May 2013 22:20:27 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9560 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Second Bicycling Boom Pittsburgh and Cleveland Square Off Again ... In Biking? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-and-cleveland-square-again-biking <p>Pittsburgh versus Cleveland: The initial thought is the Steelers versus the Browns or the Carnegie Museum versus the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one group wants you to think biking.</p><p>The two cities will square off for the title of “Rustbelt Champion” as a mini-competition within the National Bike Challenge.</p><p>How will the winner be determined? By registering more riders and logging more miles than the opponent.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:57:57 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8822 at http://wesa.fm