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Revamped PedalPGH around the corner, to include car-free routes

A revamped Pedal Pittsburgh is just around the corner, and will include several twists to this annual bicycle event, the largest in Pennsylvania.

For the first time, Pedal Pittsburgh will include a car-free section, with roads closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The goal is to allow riders of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the streets in comfort and safety.

“Taking away that barrier of car traffic is really nice for folks because they want to be able to ride, they just don't necessarily want to do it in the middle of a bunch of cars,” says Seth Gernot, of Bike Pittsburgh.

Pedal Pittsburgh was created in 1994 as an event to celebrate biking by the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP), and was a fundraiser for that organization.  Late last year, CDCP, now called the Design Center, transferred the event to Bike Pittsburgh.

Gernot praises the Design Center for their pioneering efforts, and building the event to a peak of 2,700 riders. He says the Design Center was happy to transition Pedal Pittsburgh to a new home that could help grow the event.

“They really saw the fit and they saw the potential  that it could have aligned with our organization,”  Gernot says.

On the day of the event, August 5th, different routes will be geared for riders of varying levels, including 7-, 30-, and 63-mile routes.

The 7-mile route will be completely car free, with portions of E. Carson Street and the entirety of the Birmingham Bridge closed to vehicular traffic.  Combined with The Rivers Heritage Trail system, the day will boast up to 20 miles of car-free space.

“We're trying to close down more and more roads every year to vehicular traffic so that bikes have a little bit more room on one Sunday a year,” Gernot says.

Pedal Pittsburgh has also moved from May--where it shared calendar space with the Pittsburgh Marathon and Great Outdoors Week--to August.  Bike Pittsburgh is hoping the warmer weather will draw an even greater number of riders to the event.

The event will also feature a Finish Line Festival, soak zone, live music, and professional BMX performances.

Each ride will begin and finish at the South Side Works.  For more information, and to register, visit the Pedal Pittsburgh page here.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Seth Gernot, Bike Pittsburgh

Silvi's SouthSide Kitchen and Buddy's Brews on Carson now open; Cafe Retro opens in Allentown

Silvi's SouthSide Kitchen opened last month on East Carson Street, serving what owner Dimitri Ávilas calls a mix of Mexican and American comfort food.  The menu ranges from tacos and enchiladas, to hamburgers and fried shrimp po' boys.

"We hope you come here and feel like you're coming home to Mexican food," Ávilas says. 

The restaurant, named for Dimitri's wife and co-owner, Silvi, is located across from the Birmingham Bridge (2212 E. Carson), and is BYOB.

Silvi, who is originally from Mexico, is responsible for the homemade flour tortillas, and items like burritos and sopadillas, while a few of Dimitri’s offerings are influenced by his Texas upbringing, and include chicken-fried steak, cowboy beans, and a pork tenderloin sandwich.

On Friday and Saturday nights, Silvi's joins the party on Carson Street with its late-night Taco Time menu (tacos only; 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.) and fixings bar; tacos just $3 apiece.

Ávilas came to Pittsburgh three years ago, and had been manager of Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh in the South Side Works (and previously at Hofbräuhaus Newport) before opening Silvi's, the duo's first.

In addition to their storefront location, Ávilas hopes to bring Silvi's home-style Mexican comfort food throughout the city via a roaming food truck in the near future.

Also new to the South Side is Buddy's Brews on Carson (2112 E. Carson), a specialty beer store offering a wide selection of craft, import, and domestic beer and cider.  Buddy's occupies the first floor of a recently renovated, 4-story structure built in 1901.  The storefront space had previously been home to T&T Hardware for 74 years, before it closed in 2010. 

The second and third floors have been renovated as apartment units, with two on each level. 

The space occupied by Buddy's Brews (named after owner Jake Nickman's dog), has been completely remodeled, and includes refinished original floors.  Nickman has begun hosting beer and cider tastings on Fridays, something he hopes to continue as a regular event.

And just over the hill beyond the South Side Slopes, Cafe Retro has recently opened in the Allentown neighborhood.  The restaurant, located at 637 E. Warrington Avenue, is hard to miss for its lime-green storefront.

The cafe serves diner fare—omelets, burgers, and a variety of retro-themed sandwiches—along with smoothies, specialty coffee, and free Wi-Fi.  Owner Ray Meyers encourages patrons to bring laptops and stay awhile, or just come for the food. 

Meyers hopes Cafe Retro will can add to the reanimation of Allentown's business district, which already includes the established Italian restaurant Alla Famiglia. 

Café Retro, 412-709-6647.
 

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Dimitri Ávilas; Jake Hickman; Ray Meyers

Photo credit: Kristina Helen Schmidt

Pittsburgh's first on-street bicycle corrals coming to South Side, Shadyside

How many bikes can fit in the space of one car?  At least a dozen, as will soon be shown on East Carson Street when the city installs its first bike corral on the South Side next week.

Last Friday, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that the city's first on-street bicycle parking would be located at OTB (Over The Bar) Bicycle Café.  The corral, at 2518 East Carson Street, will replace two vehicle parking spaces with infrastructure to accommodate between 24 and 30 bicycles.

The project was first initiated by OTB owner Mike Kotyk in 2009.  He says although the City was very supportive from the beginning, because Carson Street is a PennDOT road, they had to work through that organization's lengthy process of documentation and permitting.

Kotyk says that in addition to increasing the opportunity for business, the corral will work, much like bike lanes, to encourage more people to cycle, and feel confident on city streets.

“The more bicycle infrastructure that the city has, the more people are going to feel safe cycling, and feel that it's a bike friendly climate,” Kotyk says, “Where they have the ability to park their bike [and] feel safe and comfortable that it's going to be there when they get back.”

And on the same day, City Councilman Bill Peduto announced a second project located in Shadyside, at the intersection of Walnut and Bellefonte.  This bike corral will also be on-street, and is expected to accommodate between 6 to 12 bikes.

Funding for the corral was approved by City Council last November.  They are expected to be installed by August or September, depending on the design and approval process.

According to Peduto, the idea for the corral came from the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, a neighborhood organization, after identifying a need for increased bicycle parking in the neighborhood.

Another group, Shadyside Action Coalition, has also been involved in the process, and hopes to promote Shadyside as an eco-friendly community.

“I think the fact that the community chose the premiere location, the very center of the business district, shows how important it is to them to have bike parking, and how much they want to be able to promote it as part of the Shadyside experience,” Peduto says.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Mike Kotyk; Bill Peduto

South Shore Riverfront Park celebrates opening, party this Thursday

When the Southside Works was first envisioned in 1996, a master plan called for a portion of the riverfront to be transformed from latent industrial uses into a vibrant public park.  Tomorrow, the URA and its partners will celebrate the opening of the South Shore Riverfront Park, marking not only the park’s completion, but a final piece in the overall redevelopment of this former brownfield site.

This new public space, at 27th and Water Streets, is located on the south bank of the Monongahela River, between the Hot Metal Bridge and the existing Southside Riverfront Park, and is adjacent to the Southside Works.

Although the current phase is complete, the final portion of the park will include a public boat tie-up, with spaces for 17 boats, a dock where water taxis could potentially pick-up and drop-off passengers, and an entire boat marina.  Phase II of the park is expected to be completed next year.

During the development and excavation of the site, several steel ingots were uncovered.  Those industrial relics are now displayed in the park, a memorial to the men and women who dedicated their lives to working in the mills.

Other artifacts in the park include the Morgan Mill Gate, the pump house for the Jones & Laughlin’s No. 2 Open Hearth Shop, and a slag pot, taken from the Nine Mile Run area.

The park includes upper and lower trails, a large amphitheater, and a kiosk, which will be used as an information center.  From the kiosk, visitors can learn about the park’s history and artifacts.  Plans call for using the kiosk to sell gelato and coffee in the near future.

Construction of the park began in the summer of 2008, with total project costs at $13 million.

Thursday’s kickoff event, titled Rhythm n’ Flow, will be hosted by Cindy Howe of WYEP’s Morning Mix.  The event will begin at 6 p.m., with two live bands, White Wives and Delicious Pastries.  In addition to music, the Citiparks Roving Art Cart will offer activities for kids, and Bike Pittsburgh will offer a free bike valet. 
 


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Susheela Nemani-Stanger, URA

Enchanted Garden plant shop and garden art boutique opening in South Side

With each planting season, independently owned garden centers are making it easier to prepare gardens for spring without ever leaving the city.  And now, in addition to established growers like the Urban Gardener and Wilkinsburg's Garden Dreams, the Enchanted Garden, which opens Friday on the South Side, is the latest plant purveyor to assist in the greening of Pittsburgh.

Located within a five-room storefront one block from East Carson Street, the Enchanted Garden features annual and perennial flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs, as well as succulents and bonsai trees.  The store will be selling high-quality garden tools that are ergonomically designed, or feature lifetime warranties.

Co-owner Jackie Day says her shop is focused on organic growing practices, and offers a wide range of all-natural products for the garden and the body.

In addition to garden supplies, the shop is selling locally-made honey and bee pollen, used to treat seasonal allergies, as well as artisan soaps and body creams, all-natural bug sprays, and beeswax candles.

And the center is also a garden-art boutique, featuring the work of local artists in pottery, wind chimes, stain glass, jewelry, and more.  

Day says Enchanted Garden is ideal for those planning to garden in an urban setting, offering brackets and baskets for vertical growing, and a variety of container-growing options.

"A lot of the items that we're going to sell are tailored toward people that have smaller spaces to work with," she says.

The shop is also doing vermiculture composting on-site, and will be teaching customers how to compost with worms at home, with bins and worms for sale.  

“It’s the most nutrient rich plant fertilizer that you can get, but it’s completely natural,” Day says.

For those not quite ready for the at-home system, Enchanted Garden is offering two and five pound bags of worm castings for sale.

The Enchanted Garden opens Friday, May 4th, 73 13th Street, 412-235-7680.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Jackie Day

Riverside Mews phase II underway, brings more energy-efficient homes to South Side

Green living options are growing again on the South Side. Riverside Mews, which includes the city’s first net-zero home, is expanding with phase II of its townhome development.  

This latest phase will bring 18 new homes to the former-brownfield redevelopment site, located south of East Carson Street between 18th and 19th Streets.  Known for blending quality urban design with energy efficiency, developer Ernie Sota says homes at Riverside Mews actually perform 40% better than Energy Star requirements.

Phase I of Riverside Mews opened in 2007, and was one of the first energy-efficient residential developments in Pittsburgh.   It debuted with 14 units, some of which featured “sky room” rooftop decks, and were designed by the team of Perkins Eastman and Strada.

Sota says a few of the original homes have resold with appreciable gains in value, which speaks to the quality of the residences.  He cites earlier neighborhood developments, such as Fox Way Commons, New Birmingham, and South Shore Place, as important efforts to which Riverside Mews has built upon.

“We’ve taken the for sale housing on the South Side to the next level…taken what those products offered to another level of quality and size and space,” he says.

Sota says each home is customized for the buyer.  Initially, only the building’s shell is constructed, and once sold, homeowners choose from a floor-plan layout that meets their needs.  

Fourteen homes are complete in phase II, and eight have been sold.  The third and final phase, to be built nearest the river, will bring 16 additional homes to the site, with an anticipated completion date of early 2013.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Ernie Sota

Stagioni is moving to the South Side, adding more seats and a liquor license

Bloomfield’s popular Italian restaurant Stagioni is relocating to the South Side.  The former BYOB has outgrown its intimate Liberty Avenue location, and will reopen at 2104 East Carson Street later this month.

While the new location more than doubles the restaurant’s seating capacity, co-owner Cara Delsignore says it will retain the same cozy feeling and charm.  “We’re still little Stagioni,” she says.  “Now there’s just an extra level.”

The biggest change will come as Stagioni will now have a full-service bar.  Chef Stephen Felder says he and Delsignore share a passion for both food and wine, and look forward to bringing elements of the kitchen to the bar.

“We like making fun cocktails,” Felder says, “I like to pickle things, and cure things, and to have pickled ramps in a martini, or anything else like that, makes a drink more interesting, more exciting.”

For the past year, Stagioni has hosted monthly Wine Nights, where hard-to-find Italian wines are paired with traditional dishes from the same region of Italy.  The “small but interesting” wine list at the new restaurant will also feature those wines which are not commonly available at state stores.

Reclaimed barn wood and oak timber features prominently in the bar, where the rustic aesthetic matches the traditional, farm-to-table Italian cuisine. 

Stagioni’s menu will continue to change daily, but it is known for house-made gnocchi and fresh pastas, made-to-order mozzarella, and dishes like beef braciole, braised short ribs, and locally sourced lamb and duck.  Desserts include homemade tiramisu, Nutella mousse, and ricotta cheesecake.

The new space replaces the former Le Pommier bistro, which closed over a year ago.

Felder and Delsignore opened their Bloomfield restaurant in November of 2009.  That storefront was distinguished by its Tuscan orange awning and façade.  That same color scheme will be brought to the interior of the Carson Street restaurant, as well as subtle reminders of the original location.

Stagioni, 2104 East Carson Street, South Side.  412-687-5775.
 
Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Stephen Felder, Cara Delsignore

Pittsburgh Riverhounds to build soccer stadium at Station Square

With the announcement of a new stadium to be built at Station Square, professional soccer will soon have a home in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced plans last week to build a $7 million, 3,500-seat multi-sport stadium in Station Square.  The stadium will overlook the Monongahela River, and north to the city's other two riverfront stadiums, Heinz Field and PNC Park.

CEO Jason Kutney says this development is an opportunity for the Riverhounds to be considered a “real” franchise, located in the same area as Pittsburgh’s other professional teams.

“Our focus really is to make this the most accessible downtown stadium, where we're looking to get year-round usage,” Kutney says. 

In addition to the Riverhounds, the stadium is planned to be home to a number of local schools and colleges, the Pittsburgh Passion women’s football team, and a few rugby clubs.  And in wintertime hockey rinks will be installed on top of the turf.

Although they’ve been in the region for several years, the Riverhounds have spent the past five years playing at the Chartiers Valley High School.  The Riverhounds participate in the United Soccer League (USL), which is recognized as the second highest level of soccer, just below the top-tier Major League Soccer (MLS) league. 

The Riverhounds mascot's name, AMO, stands for the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, and the new stadium will be located near the confluence of those three rivers.

“It is pretty cool to see that the Riverhounds are finally going to be in Pittsburgh, and the name of the mascot, AMO, will finally make sense,” Kutney says.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Jason Kutney

Simple Green Cabinets bring sustainable design to kitchens and more

Pete Schoonmaker, owner of  Simple Green Cabinets, says his products are the most environmentally friendly on the Pittsburgh market.

So green in fact that, according to Schoonmaker, when a project reaches the end of its life expectancy you could bury an entire kitchen in the ground and not transmit any toxins into the earth. "It's all good stuff," he says.

While Simple Green Cabinets builds multipurpose cabinets, entertainment centers, bars, and does general contracting work, they primarily remodel kitchens, using materials that are non-toxic and locally sourced.

SGC’s plywood is formaldehyde-free, comprised of recycled wood fiber, and use only waterborne glues.  And while Schoonmaker says cabinet doors can be made of any material a client chooses, an emphasis is put on locally timbered wood.  Of the hardwoods Schoonmaker uses, 95% comes from Pennsylvania forests.

According to Schoonmaker, many other builders still use toxic lacquer wood finishes for cabinets, which often require EPA permits.  In contrast, he says SCG’s stains, paints, and clear-lacquers are all waterborne, safer to handle, and lack unpleasant, harmful odors.

Schoonmaker says choosing locally sourced materials, and locals builders, is increasingly important to his clients.

“People are wanting to build more responsibly,” he says. 

But being conscious of waste and resource usage also makes good business sense to Schoonmaker.

“We waste very little here --we don't waste time, we don't waste man power, and we don't waste resources,” he says.

Schoonmaker also donates his sawdust to urban gardens throughout the city.  A friend, who teaches art at a local university, takes SGC’s wood scraps for her students to work with.

“My point-of-view on being a sustainable company is if we are wasting, then we’re losing,” Schoonmaker says.


Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Pete Schoonmaker

Highway Robbery Vintage clothing shop opens on Carson Street

At Highway Robbery Vintage everything is one-of-a-kind -- from the clothing and jewelry to the handcrafted display fixtures and local art.  Owner Kate Minton remodeled the hundred year-old Carson Street storefront with help from family and friends, and has created a space that is as unique as the clothing for sale.

Minton says she wants to offer styles that are affordable and trendy, but also accessible.

“I’ve always liked vintage but I think some of it can be really hard for people to incorporate in their wardrobes,” she says. “So this is kind of baby-vintage…easier to wear on a daily basis.”

Minton describes the Highway Robbery style as vintage-casual.  Pieces range from the ‘50’s to the ‘90’s; anything that is on-trend and vintage.  Aside from a few kitschy, must-have Steelers and Penguins t-shirts, all items are from before 1992.

The building’s original hardwood flooring has been restored, as well as the original tin ceiling, and a terrazzo entrance with hand-laid tiles.  Minton worked with her father to build shoe displays from reclaimed barn wood.  A table in the back, made from an antique door with original knobs and hinges, was salvaged and built by her brother.  And she had help decorating from her stepmother, who is an interior designer, and a friend, who is an artist.

“I’m lucky I have a lot of creative family and friends,” Minton says.  “Everything is done in a way that I think is low impact and cool.”

Minton, who is an Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate, asked current AI student and friend Tyler Kozar to design the Highway Robbery logo and website.  And in the next few weeks an intern from the Art Institute will begin working at the store.

“Those kids in the Art Institute don’t get enough credit,” Minton says.  “They're so hard working [and] they are super nice to work with.”

Highways Robbery is located at 1411 E. Carson Street; open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  412-251-0818.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Kate Minton

New South Side businesses, Delanie's Coffee and Local Bar and Kitchen, open on Carson Street

Delaine's Coffee and Local Bar + Kitchen, both part of the AMPd Group management company, are East Carson Street's newest destinations on the South Side.

Delanie's Coffee held a grand opening earlier this week. The shop is serving coffee, espresso, real fruit smoothies, and house-made pastries and desserts. In addition to drinks and light eats, Delanie's offers salads and sandwiches--including jerk chicken, mojito chicken, and an heirloom tomato camprese.

Delanie's plans to stay open until midnight, offering a late night alternative to Carson Street's row of bars and clubs.

"There are people that want to come and enjoy the atmosphere on the South Side and not necessarily have a drink," at a bar, say Randy Recker, Delanie's manager.

But for those that are looking for an evening with drinks, Local Bar + Kitchen opened earlier this summer near 16th Street on Carson. Their rooftop patio, which overlooks the bustling street scene below, is the largest on the South Side. An equally large, oversized fan cools the patio, which is lit by several strings of hanging lights.

Local's decor is in keeping with the neighborhood's industrial heritage, featuring rustic wood and exposed metals. Large gears and other industrial paraphernalia hang from the walls.

The menu at Local--a neighborhood bar--offers a range of pub food, from pizza and sandwiches to burgers and wings (and does in fact feature local ingredients). An extensive beer list includes every Pittsburgh-area brewery, again staying true to the restaurant's name.

Delanie's Coffee, 1737 E. Carson Street. Local Bar + Kitchen, 1515 E. Carson Street. 412-431-1125.


Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Randy Recker and AMPd Group

Steel City Mongolian Grill will bring sizzling stir-fry to SouthSide Works

SouthSide Works adds more sizzle with the opening Steel City Mongolian Grill this fall.  

The new franchise will be part of bd's Mongolian Grill, known for its "create your own" stir-fry experience. While the restaurant has locations in 13 states, this is the first in Pennsylvania.

The restaurant's atmosphere is right for SouthSide Works, says Rick Belloli of the South Side Local Development Company. Diners watch as meat, seafood and vegetables are tossed and cooked on a flat grill in a nod to the Mongolian tradition of throwing large community feasts.

"It's definitely a good fit.  These establishments are destination locations," says Belloli.  "It's a lot about the entertainment and food, and that characterizes the SouthSide Works."  

The opening of the new restaurant is a bright sign after a string of retail closures. But Belloli points out that the closings were corporate and unrelated."It's a tough retail environment out there.  [SouthSide Works] is responding the way a smart business would: evolving to stay current."  

For SouthSide Works patrons, that means a new and entertaining place to eat. Steel City Mongolian Grill will occupy the former Ann Taylor Loft space on 27th Street.  

Writer: Lindsay Derda
Source:  Rick Belloli, South Side Local Development Company

South Side library due for big changes as it closes for renovations

South Side residents will have another chance to help envision their library's future this weekend, just before the branch closes for long-awaited renovations.

The South Side branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will close on June 30 for an expected 12-month interior and exterior rehabilitation project. Library patrons and friends can consider the renovation plans during "Imagine a New Library" on Saturday, June 25.

Plans for new air conditioning and heating systems will be major improvements.  In addition, an elevator and entrance ramp will upgrade access to the East Carson Street building. 

"We've been working with the community for more than a year," says Suzanne Thinnes, a CLP spokesperson. "There have been several meetings, in which architects have brought plans to the community so that they have a say in what the library looks like."

With the branch being located in the city-designated East Carson Street Historic District, exterior renovations will follow historic guidelines.

The design will incorporate a front stair entrance, which will mimic the library's original plans.  

Thinnes points out that this particular branch was "one of Andrew Carnegie's original gifts to the city of Pittsburgh," and one of the last built through his personal donations. 

Based on data from previous renovations, CLP expects to see an increase in foot-traffic around the library and an increase in numbers of patrons after the project is completed. 

Curious library-goers can follow the project's progress on the library's website.  The "Imagine a New Library" event runs from Noon to 3:00 p.m. on June 25. 

Writer: Lindsay Derda
Source: Suzanne Thinnes, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 


Hyatt Summerfield Suites coming to Southside Works

Construction will begin next month on the six-story, 136-unit Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Southside Works, next to Hofbräuhaus.

Aiming for LEED certification, the hotel will feature rooms ranging from extended-stay efficiency to two bedroom units. They will be furnished with 42-inch flat screen TVs, a DVD player and some will include kitchenettes.

With its location at the Southside Works and with local universities nearby, the hotel will be an ideal location for business travelers and tourists alike, says David Heaton, assistant vice President of Development at Oxford Development Company. "It's going to bring a new type of visitor that otherwise may not have been there," he adds.

Another unique aspect is its close proximity to the Great Allegheny Passage trail, which will make the hotel a destination for cyclists, Heaton explains. Bike storage and washdown areas will be available.  

Other hotel amenities include a terrace overlooking the river and 2,000 square feet of meeting rooms. It will also include a small cocktail bar, which is unusual for a Hyatt Hotel, Heaton says.

Oxford Development is working with Concord Hospitality Enterprises on the project, along with NORR Illinois, Inc. and Rycon Construction, Inc. They hope to have the hotel open by October 2012.

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Writer: Alex Audia
Source: David Heaton

Image courtesy of Oxford Development Company

Pedal Pittsburgh showcases design and architecture with one-of-a-kind city bike ride

What better way to enjoy Pittsburgh's great neighborhoods and architecture than on a bike? That's the goal of Pedal Pittsburgh's 18th annual ride scheduled for Sunday, May 22.

A fundraiser for the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP), the various bike rides will all begin and end at SouthSide Works. Attracting more than 2,000 riders each year, it's the only ride of its size within the city limits says Jennifer Fox, director of administration at CDCP.

"It's not about the first one to the finish line," she explains. "It's really about a leisurely ride that's going to take you past some fantastic views and places." With routes ranging from six to 60 miles, and many refreshment stops along the way, riders and families of all skill levels can take part.

The six routes travel through the South Side, Northside, Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill and Mount Washington, giving cyclists--especially those who travel the entire 60 miles--a great way to experience the city and its neighborhoods, says Fox.

One group joining the ride is Team East End Brewing Company and OTB Bicycle Café (EEB/OTB). The first 50 riders to RSVP for their team will get half of their registration covered for the event and a Team EEB/OTB t-shirt.

This year, Fox explains, CDCP will have activities for riders at its rest stops to showcase what good planning and design brings to communities.

Over the past 10 years Fox has coordinated Pedal Pittsburgh, she says they have consistently seen more people get involved. "It's amazing to see that many people on bikes," she adds.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at SouthSide Works, with the first group of riders taking off at 7 a.m.

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Writer: Alex Audia
Source: Jennifer Fox, CDCP
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