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Open Streets
11:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Downtown Streets to Close this Sunday for Community Festival

Several downtown Pittsburgh streets will be closed Sunday to host Pittsburgh's  first Open Streets event, which will include Tai Chi, Zumba, dance classes and a rock climbing wall--all for free.

Open Streets was started 30 years ago in Colombia.  It is a time when cities shut down sections of roads so that pedestrians, and cyclists can move about freely.

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.

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Transportation
4:58 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes

Instructor Dan Yablonsky leads cyclists in East Liberty
Credit 90.5 WESA's Michael Lynch

Pittsburgh is the 35th most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine.

Now, Bike Pittsburgh is introducing cycling classes in an effort to make the city be even more bike-able.

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.

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Transportation
3:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

BikePGH Reveals Vision for 'Better Bikeways'

Bike Pittsburgh is pedaling toward a vision of Pittsburgh where cyclists have their own space to ride safely.

This can be done with bikeways, or passages made specifically for bicyclists to ride.

Scott Bricker, BikePGH executive director, said the lack of bikeways in Pittsburgh present many challenges to bicyclists.

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RustBelt Challenge
4:40 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bike Pittsburgh Ahead in Competition with Cleveland Cyclists

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.

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.

Pittsburgh, which was the largest city to finish among the top 40 nationwide in 2012, is now ranked 169.

The friendly competition began May 1 and will finish Sept. 30.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:44 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

BikeFest: Celebrating the Culture of Cycling

Potential bike share station
Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Bike Pittsburgh’s annual Bike Fest is back with over 100 events, celebrating the bike community and the city.  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.

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Community
3:54 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

With More Pittsburghers Riding, BikeFest is Bigger Than Ever

With more people riding bikes in Pittsburgh, it seems only natural that the 9th annual BikeFest is longer than ever.

BikeFest, which begins Friday, is a fundraiser celebrating all things bicycling to create a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city.

Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, said a strong bicycle community will make the city more attractive to visitors.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:20 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Pittsburgh's Second Bicycling Boom

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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 The Lost Cyclist. Last year Herlihy came to Pittsburgh and Essential Pittsburgh to celebrate Frank Lenz Day. This year, in observation of Lenz's world tour departure, we look at Pittsburgh's place in cycling history with WESA reporter Margaret Krauss.

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Community
4:57 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pittsburgh and Cleveland Square Off Again ... In Biking?

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.

The two cities will square off for the title of “Rustbelt Champion” as a mini-competition within the National Bike Challenge.

How will the winner be determined? By registering more riders and logging more miles than the opponent.

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