, the new full service bicycle shop in the Strip District, will open next week. The closest bicycle shop to the center of Downtown Pittsburgh and three blocks from the Strip District Trail, Kindred Cycles specializes in commuter and folding bikes as well as repair and maintenance.
Owners Katharine Jordan and Aaron Stein have a mission of love and support for people using pedal power. With more than a decade of combined professional experience wrenching, they see an opportunity to include average Pittsburghers in the growing bike-riding community.
“More and more people are realizing that biking puts a smile on your face. The best trip is one that I would have used my car for,” gushes Aaron. “When you bike you see the neighborhood differently.”
Kindred Cycles hopes to grow with the riding community by promoting accessibility for new riders through programs like Positive Spin
, partnering with local businesses, and eventually organizing classes and group rides.
“We want to encourage the average Pittsburgher to bike by giving everyone access to a friendly and inclusive community-driven bike shop,” Katharine summarizes.
Kindred Cycles fits like a true spoke in Pittsburgh’s continuing transportation evolution. Last month, Mayor Bill Peduto gave the opening address at the National Bike Summit
in Washington, D.C. and announced that the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project
selected Pittsburgh to develop protected bike lanes. The Pittsburgh Bike Share Partnership
will start this summer. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center will host the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place National Conference
in the autumn.
Writer: Adam Schøtt Hovne
Sources: Katharine Jordan and Aaron Stein