Volume 1, Issue 15 – November 03, 2002

Volume 1, Issue 15 – November 03, 2002

“A Newsletter Published by Bike Pittsburgh to Promote Bicycle Safety and Awareness.”

In This Issue:

* Bike Pittsburgh In The News
* CMU Survey ~ Communal Bikes For Pittsburgh?
* Downtown Commuter’s Survey
* Local Events!
* Become A Full Member!


People are listening.

Larry Walsh has written an article about Bike Pittsburgh that was published on Page C-18 (Sports) of the Sunday, November 3rd issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article focuses on the need for greater acceptance of cyclists in the Pittsburgh Region. This is one of the key points in Bike Pittsburgh’s mission.

You can read the article online by pointing your web browser to:


People are listening. We are being heard. Consider becoming a Full Member and show your commitment to making Pittsburgh a better place to cycle.


CMU Seniors Jess Liberatore and Joshua Space are working on a project developing ideas for a communal (free) bike system for Pittsburgh. They have put together a short survey, and request your input.

You can find the survey on the Home Page of http://www.Bike-Pgh.org

Please help to make their project a success. Take a few moments and give them your feedback.


Do you bike to work? The PDP’s Transportation Management Association (TMA) is trying to identify Downtown employees who bicycle to work for a possible bike project in 2003. If you bike to work on a semi-regular basis, please email Lucinda at (lbeattie@downtownpittsburgh.com) with your name, building or company address, and email address.


November 4th – Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Greenway Open House

This event is sponsored by Friends of the Riverfront (www.FriendsOfTheRiverfront.org). You are invited to a planning and design open house for The Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway. The Open House is Monday, November 4th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at the Friends of the Riverfront’s New Office located in the Terminal Properties at 33 Terminal Way in Pittsburgh’s South Side (the big brick warehouses off East Carson Street near the Liberty Bridge).

Drop by anytime between 1:00pm and 5:00pm to:

* Learn more about the local initiatives that are key links in the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Greenway
* View and update detailed maps of your region
* Discuss your ideas with other community members and greenway experts

The planning process in underway so now is the time to provide your insight and ideas. For further information on the Greenway projects please go to: (www.alleghenyridge.org/projects/greenway/greenIntro.htm)

Event Day: Monday, November 4th
Event Location: Terminal Properties at 33 Terminal Way in Pittsburgh’s South Side
Event Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $FREE

November 5th – Schenley Park Lunchtime Series – Lou Fineberg

This event is sponsored by The Western Pennsylvania Field Institute (www.wpfi.org), the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, WQED-FM 89.3 and PITTSBURGH magazine. For a complete list of the next month’s lectures please visit (www.wpfi.org).

Mark your calendars to join us every Tuesday at the Schenley Park Visitor Center (near Phipps Conservatory) at 12:00 noon for a new exciting lecture series – Schenley Park Lunchtime Series: Lectures with a View. Each week there will be a different local speaker from the outdoor, environmental, historical or artistic communities. Each presentation will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions. All lectures are free and make a perfect compliment to your own brown bag lunch or something delicious from the cafe.

Cyclist Lou Fineberg (who is also on the Bike Pittsburgh Board of Directors), will speak on his new book 3 Rivers on 2 Wheels. Come learn about some great rides here in the ‘Burgh!.

Event Day: Tuesday, November 5th
Event Location: Schenley Park Visitor Center (near Phipps Conservatory)
Event Time: 12:00pm
Cost: $FREE

November 17th – Bike Trip: Mahoning Path

This event is sponsored by The Western Pennsylvania Field Institute (www.wpfi.org). Following the Mahoning Path, a former Native American trail, this trail was one of the earliest rails-to-trails, dedicated in 1983. Scenic farms and woods abound along the Stavitch Trail. For more information, visit (http://www.wpfi.org/activities-wpfi.htm#start) or call (412) 255-0564.

Event Day: Sunday, November 17th
Event Location: Stavitch Trail, New Castle
Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $5 ~ Bike Rentals Extra

November 30th – Urban Trail Ride

This event is sponsored by The Western Pennsylvania Field Institute (www.wpfi.org). Pittsburgh has bike trails along all three rivers–really!–but it takes a knowledgeable guide to connect them smoothly. You can expect a great tour of the city and its riverfronts with plenty of interesting stops along the way. Bring a daypack, water and lunch. For more information, visit (http://www.wpfi.org/activities-wpfi.htm#start) or call (412) 255-0564.

Event Day: Saturday, November 30th
Event Location: Washington’s Landing – Park in the first lot on the left
Event Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $10 members, $12 non-members, Kids $5

December 1st – 13th Annual Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro

This event is sponsored by P.O.R.C. (www.porcmtbclub.org) and Dirt Rag Magazine (www.dirtragmag.com). P.O.R.C and Dirt Rag present: The 13th annual Punk Bike Enduro. Sunday, December 1st, 2002. at 10 am sharp at the Dorseyville Fire Hall in Dorseyville, Pennsylvania.

This is an 8 to 10 stage stage race for fun and points. The most points wins. Categories include: Overall, Women and Junior. No fees, no NORBA, no rules. Eats & party after it’s all over. You bring the eats, (or go hungry). A kitchen is available; beer provided by Penn Brewery.

Course volunteers needed, please call! (See number below)… Dress for cold, wet weather; you might wear a helmet as there is no insurance.

Phone: (412) 767-9910 to register, or get directions. Be ready for anything.

On Sunday November 24th and Saturday November 30th there will be Trail Maintenance/Volunteer Pre-Rides. Meet at 10:00am at Dirt Rag Magazine (call for directions…).

Event Day: Sunday, December 1st
Event Location: Dorseyville Fire Hall, Dorseyville, Pennsylvania
Event Time: 10:00am
Cost: $FREE


Chances are, if you’re reading this newsletter, you’ve been out to the Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. site and liked what you saw. Please consider becoming a Full Member with Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. Your support will help us to achieve our goal of making Pittsburgh a better, safer place to bike.

Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. now offers two levels of Membership – Associate Membership, and Full Membership. The fact that you’re on our mailing list indicates that you’re already an Associate Member. Associate Members will continue to receive The Spokesman – Bike Pittsburgh’s email newsletter, and will have full access to the Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. website.

Full Membership tells us that you’re committed to our mission! Just like Public Television or Public Radio, Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. relies in part on your contributions to help us carry out programs designed to make Pittsburgh a better, safer place to bike. We ask that you consider making a contribution of $12 (renews annually) – this is the minimum amount required to become a Full Member. Of course, contributions smaller (or larger!) than $12 are gratefully accepted. (Contributions less than $12 are not eligible for Full Membership). In return for your contribution, Full Members will receive the following benefits in addition The Spokesman:

* The right to vote in Board elections and on decisions put out to the Membership by Bike Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Board of Directors.
* A Membership Card that is good for perks and discounts from participating organizations.
* A letter acknowledging your gift to Bike Pittsburgh, Inc.
* The satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will be put to work.

Your contribution will go towards funding activities such as promoting “Share The Road” campaigns, distribution of free bicycle helmets, or purchase of public bike racks or bike lockers. Simply visit the www.Bike-Pgh.org website and click on the Become A Member! section for Membership Form and contribution instructions.

Bike Pittsburgh, Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, will be applying for recognition as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Recognition of 501(c)(3) status by the IRS is generally retroactive to the date the organization was formed, which means that contributions made prior to recognition of 501(c)(3) status will be considered tax deductible upon recognition of such status.

“The Spokesman” is an occasional newsletter of Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. Bike Pittsburgh, Inc. does not rent, sell, or make available any personal information, including email addresses, that you may send to Bike Pittsburgh. If you would like to be removed from the distribution list, simply email: remove@bike-pgh.org and request to be removed. 100 loan constructionauto a1 loansonline chance 2nd loanfixed loan 15 termaircraft loanassitance agricultural loan landloans home albuquerque125 loan value to Map

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