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.
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.
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. Sign up
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Writer: Alex Audia
Source: Jennifer Fox, CDCP