Want to learn how to ride a bike? Want to learn how to ride one more safely?
BikePGH has resources and opportunities for individuals, businesses, communities and schools/universities. See our offerings below.
These are the classes you’ve been waiting for! Whether you’re a first-time rider, or a veteran cyclist, BikePGH has a City Cycling class for you. See our offerings below and we’ll see you soon:
This class is taught at The Wheel Mill’s indoor practice facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Veteran bike educators Karen Brooks and Harry Geyer are the instructors.
The Wheel Mill’s indoor venue, and the class’s small-group, drop-in style allow participants to learn and practice city cycling skills in a controlled, protected environment. The Fundamentals class’ curriculum is built according to your needs. If you’re a first time rider, the Fundamentals classes will help you practice balance. If you’re a life-long rider, the Fundamentals classes can help you dial in on improving a particular movement or skill. The personalized approach allows you to keep coming back to work on what you need to get pedaling.
Riders will have time before and after the class to practice new skills in The Wheel Mill’s Warm Up Room and Fundamental Skills Room (and if you’re feeling feeling ready, you can try to rest of the park too).
Fundamentals of City Cycling is designed for riders of all ages. Riders 17 & under must have their parent present to sign the waiver or download one HERE and have it NOTARIZED.
Confident City Cycling is intended for riders who know how to ride a bike, and are looking for instruction on how to operate it safely on city streets. These mobile classes meet monthly from April to October in different neighborhoods around the city. They’re structured to give participants education and experience navigating different traffic patterns, intersection layouts and types of bike infrastructure.
We begin the class off of our bikes. Exciting right? Here we set expectations for the class and highlight the specific skills we’d like to take away. Next, we learn how to properly fit their helmet and perform basic bike maintenance. Following this, we move to a traffic-free parking lot to practice of new skills, like: body bike separation, brake modulation, weight distribution, and quick hazard avoidance. When we’re ready, we break up into smaller groups to go out on a group ride. During the ride we practice strategies for crossing big intersections, riding on fast roads, and reading traffic patterns and road conditions. We have some fun exploring, too. Finally, we come back as a group for an open Q & A and practice with one of the Port Authority’s practice bus racks.
Confident City Cycling is a class intended for participants ages 15 and up. All participants or their guardians will need to sign this waiver in order to participate in the class.
Urban Biking Companion
This is edition #2 of our comic-book style guide to urban biking. Since 2007, over 50,000 copies of this guide have helped people learn the tricks, tips, suggestions, and laws to stay safe, comfortable, and legal while biking.
All the information is laid out in an approachable style that gives you enough to grasp the concepts, but not too much to scare you away. The best part is: it’s absolutely free. Grab a copy at any of the bike shops in town, or feel free to stop by our office. Be green and skim through the online version. If you have any questions, there’s sure to be a helpful biker on our message board to give you some advice.
Urban Biking Forum
BikePGH has a teaching curriculum based on the Urban Biking Companion guide that we present in our Urban Biking Forums. We approach the Forum with the understanding that every participant comes with a question and useful insight. Through this peer-to-peer educational opportunity everyone has a chance to learn, share, and leave with a better understanding of how we all bike in Pittsburgh.
Forums can be hosted by businesses, community organizations or government agencies. They work well in lunch settings or guest-speaker settings. For information on hosting an Urban Biking Forum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Smart Videos
Our friends at The League of American Bicyclists have produced a series of short, instructional how-to-bike videos. They cover topics, from starting and stoping, to riding in bike lanes, to basic bicycle laws; bike education from the comfort of your computer screen! See the whole series on the League of American Bicyclists’ website. Just as an example, here is their video on “scanning”:
How to find Safe Routes:
Through the City
- BikePGH’s Pittsburgh Bike Map: find a free copy of our map at any number of bike shops or Bike Friendly Businesses around town!
- Google’s Bike Directions: when in doubt, just Google it!
- Contact email@example.com to get connected with a volunteer Biker Buddy
- RideTheCity.org Pittsburgh: another great resource for finding a safe bike route.
On the Trails
- Friends of the Riverfront’s Interactive Three Rivers Heritage Online Trail Map
- PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources Pennsylvania trail map
PA State Laws for Bicyclists & Pedestrians
Title 75 is the State of Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code. Check out the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ‘s (PennDOT’s) resource that summarizes all the sections of Title 75 that are applicable to bicyclists and pedestrians.