May 17: National Bike to Work Day

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scott
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Didn’t see a thread about this, but wanted to make sure people were aware of all the stops.


Erica
Participant
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(if you stop into The Big Idea with your Swag Bag on Friday, you’ll get a free cup of coffee or tea!)


stefb
Participant
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Maybe I am missing it, but I don’t see the times the stations will be open


Elmo
Member
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@stefb, I am a volunteer and we were instructed to have the stations open at 7, I believe they will be open until around 9


helen s
Participant
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Times listed on map are all 7:00 am except CMU (7:30) and Pitt at 8:00.

I will hit one before I leave to go out of town- I have never worked on ride to work day but that does not preclude my visiting a station.


buffalo buffalo
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stefb wrote:Maybe I am missing it, but I don’t see the times the stations will be open

Click on the little bike logo for each spot and it should pop up a box with the (roughly) precise location and hours.


joeframbach
Participant
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If I leave my house at Center and Negley, which direction do you think would be best to hit all 11 before getting to work downtown at 9? I can’t come up with a decent route.


buffalo buffalo
Participant
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Hm. I might do Friendship, Whole Foods, Co-op, Squirrel Hill, Chatham, CMU, Pitt, South Side, North Side, Lawrenceville, Duquesne, Market Square….


melange396
Participant
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@joeframbach: thats NP-hard!


buffalo buffalo
Participant
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those hoping to find an optimal route hitting many or all of the stops may find this TSP-solver useful: http://gebweb.net/optimap/


joeframbach
Participant
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The weights between neighbors are not merely the distances. I need to add weights for hills.


scott
Keymaster
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Top for today!


edmonds59
Participant
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It is a beautiful beautiful day.


stefb
Participant
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I was able to sneak down to the one outside of PNC park after I got to work. Thanks to the volunteers and thanks to Bike Pittsburgh. I will make a suggestion: maybe the stations could be open a half hour earlier? 7am is a very common time for shifts to start at hospitals, and i imagine that a good number of health care workers get to work too early to stop by the stations.


pinky
Participant
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Woohoo! Had a great cup and coffee and chat with folks by PNC Park. Thanks for the goodie bag, BikePgh!


myddrin
Participant
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Thanks to everyone for organizing! I diverted from my normal route to go through Sq Hill. Glad I did. Nice swag and always nice to talk to folks.


Benzo
Participant
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I work too early. I’m in the office by 7:30am. No swag for me.


JaySherman5000
Member
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Thanks for the free stuff, Bike Pittsburgh!

I stopped by the station at the East End Food Co-Op. They were giving away a lot of stuff, but my favorite item: 85% cacao dark chocolate (fair trade/organic/hippie approved)!

Informal survey time: what was your favorite item in the swag bags this morning?


WillB
Participant
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I hit up Market Square. So nice to see some friendly familiar faces. Great job Bike Pgh!


Swalfoort
Participant
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I stopped on north side, where I put a face to the moniker Vannevar, and met Sue R. The granola from The Priory was among the best I’ve ever had. I then swung through Market Square and waved to Scott, P Rob and others I could see hanging out there. I made it to the Duquense U. location where I met Dave and (? – Ben, I think), just before 9.

My favorite swag? Dirtrag socks! Yay!

Cool to meet people riding in from far and near and each stop.


brybot
Member
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This is the earliest I’ve been to work in a while! Biked to work like any other normal day (except last week after a crash). Stopped at the CMU station around 9am. They were out of the swag bags, but still had a little food. Thanks for putting this together!


ajbooth
Participant
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Market Square at 7:45, hung out until 8:30. Great coffee, great swag, great event. Probably saw 30-40 cyclists come through in the time we were there.


edmonds59
Participant
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I go to work too late. No swag for me. I have enough stuff anyway.
But Dirt Rag socks? Darn.


chinston
Participant
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Thanks to everybody who made this happen! I hit up the Squirrel Hill station around 9 am and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee.

And also, if anyone would like to trade me a L/XL pair of socks for my S/M pair, PM me. Not worn yet, I promise…


LizziMac
Member
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Dirtrag socks with SKULLS on ’em were my favorite bit o’ swag! That and coffee, always.


sew
Participant
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We rolled through Market Square as they were setting up around 6:50. A quick hello and off to work.


ajbooth
Participant
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edmonds59 wrote:I go to work too late. No swag for me. I have enough stuff anyway.
But Dirt Rag socks? Darn.

I already have a pair, so you can have mine if you’d like them.


joeframbach
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Here’s the breakdown of my ride this morning:

7:00 left home – Center and Negley

Whole foods – great job guys.

I’ve never been to Chatham before, but I remember seeing a giant building with a big Chatham sign at Penn and Fifth, so I went there… apparently this is not Chatham. Asked a few people at bus stops and eventually found it. Cool bike shop! Best of luck with the bikeshare.

CMU’s station is hidden in a back corner with no signs and nobody knows where anything is. The website said “merson courtyard” but I’ve never heard of that before, and the students I asked haven’t either. Took a while to find. Please consider putting up signs or moving.

Pitt’s station starts at 8am, not sure why. Still doing pre-setup when I got there, moved on. Took Joncaire to the hallow, hot metal bridge to south side.

South Side – great signage! The chalk directions from the bridge were super helpful, since I’ve never ventured down that path before. From there, I went back across hot metal, up Bates, and through Scheneley to SqHill.

Squirrel Hill, again great location. Lots of attentive driver and pedestrian traffic here. From here I took Forbes to East End.

East End – Thanks for the chocolate. I’m about halfway done with the bar now. I’ll be back for more.

Friendship Park – Time was running out for me by this point. Sorry I didn’t stick around too long. Checking in then taking off.

Penn&Butler – This station wins the award for most “morning person” people. How can you be so excited to stand in the island of a busy intersection at 9am? Nice to meet you Christine. I had to get to work so I BOMBED down forbes to market square. Probably set a new PR for that stretch.

Market Square – Couldn’t stick around too long. Chatted with Jane, got my picture taken with Frambike, and took off. I’ll see you guys again in a few weeks.

I didn’t make it to Duquesne or Heinz Field. From market square, it would bee too much backtracking to get back downtown for work. +1 for the suggestion above for starting earlier.


buffalo buffalo
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I think maybe I saw you at Friendship.

The CMU and Pitt stations are definitely set up more for their students and maybe staff than for general traffic. Both are in areas which are high in campus traffic if not easy to find from the road.


Elmo
Member
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Glad the South Side sidewalk chalk did the job, Michelle and Nate from pair Networks were fantastic hosts and had the idea to direct traffic using the chalk.

I volunteered at the location, and was extremely pleased by the turnout and the incredibly positive attitudes of the people I had the chance to meet. I think the GAP trail being completed helped our traffic, many of those I spoke with were headed to or from the newly opened passage.

We had a reporter from Allegheny Front (http://www.alleghenyfront.org/) interviewing people at the station and taking photos for a good 45 minutes, so I would expect to see something there soon.

Nice work, BikePGH.


P-Rob
Participant
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Thanks for organizing this. The skulls rock!


Mikhail
Member
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Elmo wrote:I volunteered at the location

I missed you and your station completely. :( I passed trhough 26, Tunnel, 27, S. Water around 8:12 and did not see anyone on sidewalk.


edmonds59
Participant
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ajbooth – I would take that offer. PM’ing.


the beast
Participant
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I made the Whole foods stop for a quick sec before I was even more late to work!! Thanks again.
Also, I just found out that today is national wear your lifejacket to work day sponsored by the American Canoe Association, unfortunately too late to wear my jacket in today :(


sarah_q
Participant
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this was awesome! thanks for the socks!! :)


JaySherman5000
Member
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Speaking of socks, the pair that were in my bag o’ swag this morning are probably too small for me. They are size S/M 5-9. Anyone with smaller feet have a L/M or L/XL size they want to trade? I haven’t worn them yet.


klkpgh
Member
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Was at the Bike Rental Place at 7:05 this morning… no one was there. place was not even opened. No SWAG for me!


Lou M.
Participant
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klkpgh wrote:Was at the Bike Rental Place at 7:05 this morning… no one was there. place was not even opened. No SWAG for me!

Which one? First Ave?


salty
Participant
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Bah, I got up too late to get to any of the stations… but I’m happy to report the unofficial count at my office is 60 bikes + 1 unicycle!


stefb
Participant
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Whoah that is awesome. Are you counting the bike share bikes :)?

I got bicycle times socks.

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