Bike Commuting Forum and lots of bike stuff at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP)  strives  to get  info and resources that  people  want! With  such a vibrant bike community here in Pittsburgh, the Library  offers  good bike-related resources to the bike-riding people of our fair town.


CLP has a number of bike-related zines in the zine collection on the First Floor  at CLP – Main in Oakland. They’re shelved in a category with a divider that says – you guessed it – “BIKES”. The collection ranges from repair guides to bike trip journals to zines that deal with bikes and city infrastructure questions.

They catalog zines in LibraryThing under the member name “clpzines”. You can search the zine collection at:

Type a keyword, zine title or author into the search box. Fifty seven  of their 943 zines have a bike-related tag (bike gear, bike maps, bike repair, bike rides, bike safety, bike trailer, bike trips, bike accidents, bikes, biking).  They also have Bike Pittsburgh’s bike map and bike commuting guide.


CLP – Main is really excited to  host the Bike Pittsburgh Bike Commuting Workshop on Thursday, August 18 from 6-7:30 pm. Last year the Library hosted a Bike Pittsburgh/Elly Blue and Joe Biel collaborative workshop where Elly and Joe presented on the history and current situation of bike infrastructure in Portland. They imagine doing more bike-related zine programs in the future.

Please let the library know if you’d like to see more bike-related programming!


The library also has books! It’s true! If you look in the “TL” call numbers in the stacks on the 2nd floor, or  in the Music, Film and Audio Department,  you’ll find lots of different bike repair manuals for mountain and road bikes in general, as well as some more specific info like a Schwinn Bicycle Service Manual from 1972. In the Children’s Department under that same call number you can find Kids’ Easy Bike Care.

CLP also has David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries in book and book-on-CD format, A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World, Wheels Of Change : How Women Rode The Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along The Way) and tons more.

Finally, the library also has a jillion great bike-related movies like Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Breaking Away, Bicycle Thieves

If you haven’t been to the library to boost your bike love yet, it’s obvious that you need to get there.

Contact librarian Jude Vachon at the CLP – Main if you’d like to learn more, or 412.622.3151.

What: Bike Commuting Forum

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main, First Floor

When: Thursday, August 18, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Not a member of BikePGH?Join today! We need you to add your voice! Bike Pittsburgh works to protect cyclist’s rights and promote the vision of making Pittsburgh a safer and more enjoyable place to live and to ride. For more info, check out:

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