Pittsburgh Bike Fest '06

Bike Fest 06 is a project of Pittsburgh’s only cycling advocacy organization,Bike PGH.We want to show off PGH’s inherent uniqueness,promote safe bicycling in all of its glory, and celebrate our bicycle culture in one fell swoop.This years festival (June 23-July 4) includes several events each day.The calendar of events is open to anyone who has the desire to organize an event, and relate it to the bicycle in some way.For more info: www.bike-pgh.org or email bikefest@bike-pgh.org.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006



Tuesday, June 27, 2006


here's the flyer. I'm not gonna post the whole thing again, just scroll down to a previous post...

Everything has been going well, despite the rain. Folks are still coming out and looking the weather in the eyes, and making the rain stop just for the events. The swap saw hundreds of folks come thru it's gates. All the rides have seen great attendance and went super well. So, keep staring momma nature down and keep the rain away...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

BikeFest Display at the Carnegie Library in Oakland

Be sure to check out the Bikefest Display at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. The display is located on the first floor and features a bunch of bike-related social history, repair, training, and children's books. You can also pick up posters/calendars at the display.
Thanks Joseph!

T-Shirts are in!!

The T-shirts are in, and if you ask me, they look great.
They are now available for $10 in person, $12 ppd.
Colors: Black, Charcoal, Gold, and Army Green
Sizes: S, M, L, XL

If you want to get one sent to your house, you can send us $12 through paypal, with your name, address, and size/color.
Otherwise, we'll have these at various events, especially the Bike Swap and the the BikeFest party on June 30.

New Event Added-Screening of Breaking Away

This won't be on the calendar, obviously, but we were able to get the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts and Filmmakers to have a FREE outdoor screening of Breaking Away!!
It will be at PCA, at Fifth and Shady on July 3, at 9ish (sundown)
If you go on the Scenic Views Ride, the ride leader is going to end at this event.
There are also some shorts that will be screened as well.

Some Press in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Bicycling: Festival atmosphere should pump up cyclists the next three weeks

Friday, June 16, 2006

By Larry Walsh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Biking in the 'Burgh can be daunting.

In addition to the city's hilly topography, there's the fear factor of pedaling in traffic. It can be done, of course. You just have to know how.

Sharing that knowledge is one of the goals of BikeFest, a 12-day celebration of bicycling and bicycle culture in Pittsburgh that will run from Friday to July 4.

Free Ride and Bike Pittsburgh, the coordinators of the second annual festival, said the events are designed to be enjoyed by even the most inexperienced riders to show them that bicycling "can be a fun, safe, healthy, efficient and environmentally sound way to navigate the city."

They are counting on local cyclists to help make the event successful. They also ask motorists to be extra vigilant because there will be more bicyclists on city streets during the festival.

Participants also can enjoy the delights of the asphalt-paved Three Rivers Heritage Trail which parallels miles-long sections of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers.

Eric Boerer, a co-founder of Free Ride, a non-profit community bike repair and recycling shop, said there will be a series of free, independently hosted events intended for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

They include a bike swap at the Warhol Museum, scenic rides, tours of the city, riding and repair workshops, races, mountain bike rides and outdoor movies. A detailed events calendar can be found at neighborhood bike shops and www.bike-pgh.org. That's the Web site of Bike Pittsburgh, the city's first bicycle advocacy organization.

Boerer said Free Ride and Bike Pittsburgh serve as the clearinghouses for information relating to the events. He said they also provide the framework and resources to the individual members and organizations of the bicycling community "who are the true organizers of the festivities."

Visit the Bike Pittsburgh Web site to stay current with the times, dates and places of all the events. Boerer, who also serves as the outreach coordinator for Bike Pittsburgh, said the organizers of each event are eager to share their knowledge and experience and should be contacted directly about their respective events.

For more information, e-mail bikefest@bike-pgh.org, scott@bike-pgh.org or call 412-726-5872.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Date Change for Track Day and BBQ

So the date had to change for the track day and BBQ. It was originally scheduled for July 2, but it will have to be moved to June 23, at 6 pm. This will now coincide with Oscar Swann's Friday Nite at the Track Event. Sorry for any confusion.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Space still available at the swap

We're trying to solidify the swap spaces. Remember it's a first come first serve deal, where the early birds get the better locations. So, if you are on the fence about this, please contact us to reserve your space.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Party Line up is set

Here's the lineup for the party:
June 30th post Critical Mass ~7:30pm - ? @ Free Ride - 214 N. Lexington Ave in Construction Junction
DONT MISS OUT on one of the best parties of the year! Join Bike Pittsburgh and Free Ride for our annual BikeFest Party. Live music, DJs, Food, Beer, Games, and amazing raffles!

FREE for Bike Pittsburgh members!!!!!!! $5 for non-members or become a member at the door and get into the party for free! All proceeds benefit Bike Pittsburgh and Free Ride.

Be sure to bring lots of $1 bills for chances to win hundreds of dollars in prizes and to take part in the fun. Bikes and bike gear prizes donated by Gary Fisher, Planet Bike and Dirt Rag, Beer (FREE) and Food (some free) provided by East End Brewery and Whole Foods Market and Free Ride Burrito Makers.

Poisoned Era (ex-New Alcindors & ACGC - electronic dub/dancehall)
More Humans (Formerly called We're Wolved - pop/rock)

Jason Kirker + Phil Boyd (Members of Modey Lemon will be spinning Rock, R&B, Funk, and more)
Pete Spynda (Pandemic & Air Guitar Magazine - Dancable music from around the world)
Justin Hopper (Soulcialism - Soul and Funk from all eras)
Edgar Um (tcrps - who knows what he'll be spinning, but it's going to be good)

We're pretty excited about this. to see the Gary Fisher bikes we're raffling off, check out:
Also, Planet Bike threw in some stuff, so make sure to bring lots of ones for the games and raffles.

Monday, June 05, 2006


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The posters are in and they look amazing. By the end of the week, we're hoping to have them up all over town, so you can't miss them. In a number of places like coffee shops and the food coop, we will have several posters available that people can take home with them. It has the (abridged) calendar on the back. The calendar with full and complete descriptions is still the online version, so be sure to check frequently. If you don't think that you can pick one up around town, we'd be happy to send you one. Just email: bikefest@bike-pgh.org.
Let us know what you think!!!