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Listen on WESA: Pittsburgh’s Second Bicycling Boom

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Thick Bikes in the South Side. Photo by Margaret Krauss

Connecting Pittsburgh’s cycling past with the future

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.

The story connects Frank Lenz’ departure on his worldwide tour, with the opening of the Great Allegheny Passage, which is roughly the same route he took when he bid farewell to Pittsburgh. Also in the story, Margaret Krauss interviews Eric Boerer (BikePGH’s Advocacy Director), Bruce Woods (Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club), and customers at THICK Bikes in the South Side.

Listen to the story on WESA’s website


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