Bicycling http://wesa.fm en 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 Dedicated, Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh Before Summer’s End http://wesa.fm/post/dedicated-protected-bike-lanes-coming-pittsburgh-summer-s-end <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other city officials announced the construction of three protected bike lanes in the city. The lanes will be built from Schenley Plaza to Anderson Playground in Schenley Park, along Saline Street between Greenfield Avenue and Swinburne Street (Panther Hollow Trail) in Greenfield, and on Penn Avenue from 11th Street to Stanwix Avenue Downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:19:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32035 at http://wesa.fm Dedicated, Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh Before Summer’s End Historic Tunnel to be Added to Bike Path http://wesa.fm/post/historic-tunnel-be-added-bike-path <p>Pennsylvania’s cyclists will soon be able to enjoy some century-old history as part of their biking scenery.</p><p>After decades of being boarded up and blocked off, the Pinkerton Tunnel near Markleton in Somerset County is set to be renovated and made part of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail sometime next year.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 31411 at http://wesa.fm Three Rivers Heritage Trail Set to Expand from Aspinwall through O’Hara Township http://wesa.fm/post/three-rivers-heritage-trail-set-expand-aspinwall-through-o-hara-township <p>Plans have been approved to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along a mile of the riverfront.</p><p>The expansion will run from Aspinwall Riverfront Park to Blawnox Community Park. The corridor has been eyed for years as an ideal location for a trail, but it runs in front of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority plant, and conversations with previous city administrations left planners thinking they’d have to route the trail along Freeport Road. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:23:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26134 at http://wesa.fm Going Up: Dirty Dozen Bike Race Rides Again This Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/going-dirty-dozen-bike-race-rides-again-weekend <p>One of Pittsburgh’s most popular bicycling events turns 30 years old this Saturday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dannychew.com/dd.html">Dirty Dozen</a> bike race challenges cyclists to climb the 13 steepest hills in the city. The 50-mile route takes riders from Highland Park, through the North Hills and the North side, across the Roberto Clemente and Smithfield Street bridges, through the South Hills and the South Side, ending in Hazelwood.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Liz Reid 20440 at http://wesa.fm Going Up: Dirty Dozen Bike Race Rides Again This Weekend New Public Awareness Program Reminds Motorists to Share the Road With Cyclists http://wesa.fm/post/new-public-awareness-program-reminds-motorists-share-road-cyclists <p>On July 20, 17-year-old Emily Jancart of Moon Township was struck and killed while riding her bike in that community.</p><p>This most recent bike-related death is the fifth in the Pittsburgh area in the last two years, prompting Bike Pittsburgh to sponsor advertisements around the city as part of a public awareness program to protect cyclists.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker, they just want to remind motorists to be more alert while sharing the road with cyclists.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 15960 at http://wesa.fm Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces http://wesa.fm/post/photos-highland-park-track-cyclists-are-put-through-their-paces <p>Fifteen years ago, the <a href="http://www.acaracing.com/home.html">Allegheny Cycling Association</a> was hosting their summer cycling races in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo.</p><p>Today, racers have found a more fitting home at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park. <span>Formerly a driver training course, according to the </span><span>Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy,</span><span> the track</span> is a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:21:40 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 14379 at http://wesa.fm Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces Cylists Call On State Lawmakers to Keep Proposed $2 Million For Lane Planning http://wesa.fm/post/cylists-call-state-lawmakers-keep-proposed-2-million-lane-planning <p>Bicycle and walking enthusiasts took to the state Capitol steps Tuesday to urge lawmakers to maintain money set aside for lane and pathway planning in a transportation funding bill.<br><br>The state Senate's $2.5 billion transportation funding proposal includes $2 million for planning for pedestrian and bicycle lanes.<br> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:24:09 +0000 Mary Wilson 11227 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Installs New Bike Racks With Hopes of Boosting Local Economy http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-installs-new-bike-racks-hopes-boosting-local-economy <p>Fifty new bike racks will be installed throughout downtown by the end of this month, bringing the total of city-installed bike racks to more than 500.</p><p>Stephen Patchan, Pittsburgh’s bicycle-pedestrian coordinator, said adding more bike parking downtown is intended to spur business growth.</p><p>“The more bicycle-friendly business districts are, the higher customer capacity they generally have, which equates to more foot traffic for local businesses,” he said.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 11131 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