The eMessenger – Volume 5, Issue 4 – April 25, 2006

Volume 5, Issue 4 – April 25, 2006

“Our mission is to establish Pittsburgh as a city that is increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation.”

If your business is interested in sponsoring this newsletter, please contact

In This Issue:

* Sponsor BikeFest 2006
* Bike Pittsburgh Fundraiser at Whole Foods
* Pittsburgh ByCYCLE
* Don’t Forget to BikePool
* Bike to Work Week
* Adventure Cycling Association Meets in Pittsburgh
* BikeFest Calendar
* New Member Benefits at Thick Bikes
* Wish List
* New Bike Racks at Giant Eagle
* Please Endorse the Transportation Funding Initiative
* Upcoming Events


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


Mark your calendars! On May 5th from 5-7pm, Whole Foods will be Barbecuing up some eats. Meat and veggie options available for $5 a plate. Proceeds go to supporting Bike Pittsburgh. We’ll be there to valet park your bicycle!


Local bicycle activist and programmer, Jessi Berkelhammer, worked with the folks at to create an online bicycle route planner for Pittsburgh. Think of Google Maps or Mapquest for bicycles. It’s really cool. Check it out here: Note, this is a BETA version, and we are still experiencing a few bugs. Please send feedback to


New to bike commuting? Lonely on your ride to and from work? Link up with other bike commuters by signing up to BikePool. This is a joint effort of Bike Pittsburgh and SPC’s CommuteInfo Program. For more on BikePooling please click here


Join Pittsburgh bicyclist community during the week of May 15-19th for fun activities centered around networking and having a fantastic time commuting to work. Go to for a schedule of the week’s events.


Do you want to know more about Adventure Cycling Association and what it does to inspire people to travel by bike? If so, join Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling Association’s executive director, for a gathering of cyclists on May 11 in Pittsburgh at Union Project. Jim will discuss the latest routes, maps and tours at Adventure Cycling Association. He’ll also entertain questions and get your suggestions for future projects. Anyone with an interest in long-distance cycling is welcome to attend. Join him at Union Project, 801 North Negley Ave., Pittsburgh, from 7:00 until 8:30 pm. Call Beth at Adventure Cycling to RSVP: 800-755.2453 x 211. This event is free.

A special request: Jim will by on a long-distance ride which will be in Ohiopyle State Park on the day of the meeting. He needs a ride from Ohiopyle State Park to the site of the meeting in Pittsburgh and back again after the meeting. If anyone is willing to provide transportation, they can be guaranteed to have some very engaging conversation. Call Beth at the phone number above if you can help.


We’re busy updating the online calendar of events for BikeFest. Check it out on our website Please contact us at if you are interested in leading your own event.


Now Bike Pittsburgh members can get 10 percent off tune-ups and powdercoating (frame painting) at Thick Bikes in the South Side.


1) Bike Pittsburgh is in need of bike photography! Preferably photographs taken of bicyclists and bikes in Pittsburgh. Best yet would be “commuter oriented” photographs. We’re putting together a new website, and we’re a little low on the images. We’re going to start being a lot better at documenting things this year. If you have some cool digital photos, or scans of prints, please contact us at Your help is greatly appreciated!
2) Pickup truck on May 5th. We need someone’s help to cart the valet bike racks to Whole Foods for the BBQ fundraiser they’re throwing for us. If you would like to lend us a hand, and your truck please call 412.726.5872. Thanks!
3) Anyone out there have a decent used color laser printer you could donate? Ink cartridges are getting very expensive for Bike Pittsburgh. Muchas gracias!


The Giant Eagle store at Centre and Negley has purchased and installed seven Three-rivers bike racks to accommodate people shopping by bike. Thank them by putting them to use and leaving feedback at the store!


A viable transportation system is critical to the region’s sustainable economic development and economic competitiveness. Please take a closer look at this initiative, and endorse it if you believe in the same principles. Sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh and Transportation for Livable Communities.
Click here to see a list of endorsers.


Here is a listing of upcoming cycling events in the Pittsburgh Region. For complete details, visit Bike Pittsburgh and click on the “Events & Activities” section.

April 28th – Pittsburgh Critical Mass and Crush the Commonwealth race across PA
April 29 – Walk and Ride (WAR) Against Hunger – Boston Park, Yough River Trail Event Day: Saturday, April 29th @ 10AM (registration begins 9:00am)
Location: Boston Park, Elizabeth Township following Yough River Trail to Buena Vista and back
$20 registration
benefits Rainbow Kitchen
May 3rd – Envisioning Allegheny County (great time to give input about making Allegheny County safer for bicycling)
Workshop 1: 4:00 5:30 p.m.
(Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato will be in attendance to kick off Workshop 1)
Workshop 2: 6:30 8:00 p.m.
(The workshops will be identical attend the workshop that fits best with your schedule)
Robert Morris University, 6th Floor Lecture Hall, Downtown Campus
May 5th – Whole Foods BBQ fundraiser for Bike Pittsburgh
May 11th – Meet Jim Sayer from Adventure Cycling Association and learn all about bicycle touring, and the new Underground Railroad Route with a spur to Pittsburgh!
7-8:30pm at the Union Project (801 Negley Ave.)
May 13th – The Pussycat (all ladies alleycat)
Where: Meet on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park @ 2:00 pm
What: All ladies alleycat race/fun ride. Prizes awarded for first overall, first fixie, and a few surprise goodies.
$5 to enter
After: Bar-b-q in Highland park with food from Tazza D’oro, Bring a friend because the bbq is for everyone.
May 15th – 19th – Bike to Work Week
May 20th – Venture Outdoors Festival. Try kayaking, biking, fishing, in-line skating and much more. This event is FREE and open to the public. call 412.255.0564 for more information.
May 21st – Pedal Pittsburgh


Join today and make a difference! Membership directly helps us transform Pittsburgh into a more vibrant city to live, work, and ride. Membership starts at only $25 per year.

With your tax-deductible donation you will receive a Membership Card good for discounts with participating businesses, invitations and discounts to special Bike Pittsburgh-sponsored parties and events, and the satisfaction that you are making a difference for all of us. For details, go to and click on BECOME A MEMBER. Join us today!

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