Car Free Fridays features the Northside this week!

Raffle winners from previous months announced

This month Car Free Fridays heads to the Northside starting 6:30 on Tuesday, July 13 at the Artist Image Resource, with a Bike Commuting Forum hosted by the Northside Leadership Conference and BikePGH.

On Friday morning the car free fun continues at Allegheny Commons where you can pick up your voucher for discounts to Northside, Downtown and Oakland businesses and enter the car free raffle.  All this for agreeing to go CAR FREE all day and night this Friday.

  • If you bike to the morning event we’ll even throw in breakfast catered by Bistro to Go and Amani Coffee.
  • If you can’t make it to the Northside in the morning be sure to register for Car Free Fridays online. You’ll be entered into the July raffle and you can pick up your voucher at the BikePGH office.

In the evening the Northside’s Bike/Ped Committee invites you to join them on several leisurely bike rides to learn about some of the exciting bike friendly-improvements planned for the neighborhood.

Whether you live on the Northside or are just looking for an excellent time to visit, this Friday is a great time to see one of the city’s wonderful historic districts and cultural centers.  Check out the full details of activities and events on the Car Free Fridays website.

And the winners are .  .  .

At last we have some Car Free Friday raffle winners to announce. In May we had two raffle winners. Josh from Lawrenceville won the Commuter Package that included a Port Authority monthly bus pass, a Zipcar membership with $75 driving credit, a BikePGH membership with swag, and the last remaining parking lease to the new Bike Commuter Center Downtown courtesy of the Trek Development Group. Coincidentally Josh gave up his car recently so the timely announcement will help him enjoy the full reward of all these great prizes.

Our other winner from May is Pam from Regent Square. Pam won several restaurant gift certificates courtesy of the City Paper and tickets to see Lez Zeppelin.  It may not be the original lads from across the pond, but these ladies certainly know how to rock. Wasn’t the term “Time to lay down some Led” coined by a WDVE dee jay? This town loves Zep. Pam must still be pinching herself.

Our winner from June is Janice from Trafford, our first suburbanite to take the prize.  Janice won all the goodies from the Port Authority, Zipcar, and BikePGH (mentioned previously) plus an incense burner and incense from Jamal’s, a gift certificate to Capri Pizza, and a City Paper prize package that includes a restaurant gift certificate as well as passes to the National Aviary.

Four more “Car Free Fridays” remain, so be sure to go car free on event days and sign up for your chance to be a winner.  You can sign up at any of the events and activities listed on the Car Free Fridays website or register online.

June’s Car Free Fridays in East Liberty was great chance to learn about the neighborhood

For those of you who had a chance to participate in some of the activities in East Liberty last month, you know just how wonderful it was to see this storied Pittsburgh neighborhood through the eyes of some of its most ardent proponents. East Liberty Development Inc. in conjunction with Venture Outdoors hosted a ride that highlighted the innovative projects and developments taking shape in the neighborhood. We visited a community play ground made of recycled materials, community vegetable and rain gardens, and a green housing project using existing homes.

Our guides also shared with us news about the new Target store currently under construction and the prospect of a new bus station.  It was interesting to learn that East Liberty station is the second busiest stop in the whole Port Authority system, only second to the Wood Street Station.

As ELDI’s tour was passing through East Liberty so was another Car Free Fridays’ event – the Ladies Summer Solstice Ride hosted by Velomuse. The Solstice Ride gave woman who participated an opportunity to meet one another and talk about bike issues specific to women that sometimes get overlooked in an activity that is often dominated by men.  Ride organizer Eryn Hughes was pleased with the attendance and felt it was an excellent first step in nurturing events and activities that further cultivate a female riding culture in Pittsburgh.  Eryn emphasized these rides are not about excluding men, but about helping building a support network that makes bicycling – racing, mountain, and commuting – more accessible to women.

A week later Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation shared with dozens of visitors the wonderful history and architecture of the neighborhood with an extended stop at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

If you didn’t have a chance to participate in East Liberty be sure to check out Car Free Fridays this month on the Northside!


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