Friday, May 26, 2006

The eMessenger

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

WDUQ 90.5 FM Examines Biking in the Pittsburgh Area

WDUQ 90.5 FM presents a new summer-long series, "On the Beaten Path: Pedaling Pittsburgh and Beyond." DUQ news reporter Mark Nootbaar examines bicycling in the Pittsburgh region, including stories on the biking community and the places they ride. From June 18 - 24, he will ride from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh along the C & O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage offering on-air updates and web journal entries along the way.

Hear all the stories on WDUQ 90.5 FM or archived on on-line at

Monday, May 22, 2006

Thank you!

This is going to read like a an acceptance speech, but I want to make sure to publicly thank everyone who has helped us out recently:

Bike Pittsburgh wants to thank all our volunteers who helped out with Bike to Work Week, Venture Outdoors Festival, and Pedal Pittsburgh. We also want to thank the Brillobox, Carnegie Mellon, Enrico's Tazza D'oro Cafe, Whole Foods, Crazy Mocha, and REI for all their donations during Bike to Work Week. Thanks to the bike shops who gave free safety inspections and thanks to all the folks to braved the rain to stop by and say hi and meet us at our various events. We hope to see a lot more of you at BikeFest!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Save a life, look twice

As most of you know, this week (May 15-19th) is Bike to Work Week. PennDOT has responded positively to a request by Bike Pittsburgh to display a bike-friendly message on its overhead signs during the week in locations along the Parkway East, West, and North.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Bike Pittsburgh needs your support!

Bike Pittsburgh needs your support. We are doing great things to make bicycling a more viable transportation and form of recreation in this city and we want you to be a part of our exciting organization! We can't continue expanding biking opportunities throughout the city, and growing/networking the bicycling community without your help. If you ride a bike in and around Pittsburgh for any reason - to get to work, if you use it at work, to run errands, to recreate - become a member of Bike Pittsburgh today! MEMBERS GET DISCOUNTS AT LOTS OF LOCAL BIKE SHOPS! Check out our website for more details.

Some highlights of our accomplishments:
1) Installed bike racks throughout Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
2) Partnering with Free Ride recycle-a-bike to get more people on more bikes more often
3) Worked with to map bike routes and bike accidents
4) Working with Port Authority to improve and expand the Rack n Roll program that will be rolling out in the coming months
5) Worked with Port Authority to get permission to bring bikes on the Monongahela Incline
6) Working with City Planning and various City Council members to make the city more bike-friendly
7) Coordinators of BikeFest for two years running
8) Corrdinators of Bike to Work Week locally for 5 years!
9) Edit monthly eNewsletters, quarterly print newsletters, and Action Alerts to keep bicyclists up-to-date on everything important to biking in and around Pittsburgh.

In the next year we plan on coming out with the city's first handheld commuter-oriented bike map! We need your help to make this happen, though. Become a member today!


Help us make BikeFest one of the most amazing events in Pittsburgh this summer. We want to try to keep as many events as possible FREE to the public. In order to keep it free, Bike Pittsburgh needs financial support to offset our costs. Any money generated over and above our BikeFest costs will go directly towards supporting our important work on the behalf of all local bicyclists. If you're not yet a member, please join today. If you are a member and would like to be an individual sponsor of BikeFest, please click here to find out more about our sponsor levels. We also want to do a Member Challenge ala NPR at the BikeFest party. We already have over $200 lined up for this, but need to grow it to $2,000 to "unlock" when we get get enough people to join during the event.

Contact us today about donating to the member challenge!

If your company wishes to learn more about our corporate sponsorship package please email us at

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Pittsburgh's 250 year anniversary bike race

This is the greatest idea I've heard in a long time. What a brilliant way to celebrate and show off all the wonderful things about Pittsburgh. This international event could bring in millions of dollars in tourism revenue while spotlighting the beauty of PA and the hidden gem that is Pittsburgh. This would be a great way to fill the void left after the Thrift Drug Classic dried up. Remember, Lance Armstrong won the Thrift Drug Classic three years in a row from 92-94 and helped him get to where he is today. This race across PA and Pittsburgh could reignite the drive to have a yearly race in the city, and bring in visitors from all around the globe.

I just hope the city and county and state start to see the high value in putting money and political capital into making Pittsburgh more bike-friendly. It would be a tragedy to have such a high profile event, get thousands of people from all over the world to our city with their bikes, only to have it still be daunting to ride in for many of them.

Link to article.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Carsharing: Is Pittsburgh ready for it?

Sure we're ready!

Carsharing, a hot topic in the Pittsburgh area, allows members to have access to a car when they need it, but to pay only the cost of the actual vehicle use. Interested in learning more about this concept? Join the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership for an information meeting on Wednesday, May 17 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM at the Regional Enterprise Tower (31st Floor). RSVP by calling 412.566.4190 by May 12.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Giant Eagle's New Bike Racks!

Check it out - Giant Eagle's Store #40 (corner of Negley and Centre) purchased seven three-rivers bike racks from Bike Pittsburgh, with enough room to park 12 bikes. Thank Giant Eagle at their store and by using the racks.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thank you DPW!

On behalf of all bicyclists who have to use this bridge to connect to work, school, entertainment, and shopping, thank you DPW for responding to Bike Pittsburgh's request, and sweeping the shoulders of the Birmingham Bridge two weeks in a row! This is absolutely awesome!

To thank DPW click here

Local High School Students Pedal to Class

In protest of high gas prices, Chartiers Valley students are riding their bikes to school. Nice job kids! Now if we can just get more people protesting too much petroleum use in general, then we'll be getting somewhere. link