Oakland is a Great Place to Ride!
Home to universities, hospitals, the School for the Blind, senior housing and many businesses; Oakland is the 3rd largest economic and social center in Pennsylvania after only Center City Philadelphia and Downtown Pittsburgh.
Bicycling is an excellent way to navigate through the bustling neighborhood. Here are some important tips.
* RIDE SMART: PEDESTRIANS RULE!
* MAP: USE THE LOW STRESS STREETS
* NEW TO BIKING? TAKE A CITY CYCLING CLASS – JUST $10-15
* HELP PROMOTE BETTER BICYCLING IN PITTSBURGH
* MIND THE BUSSES
Iron City Bikes – 331 South Bouquet Street
Thick Bikes – 1401 Bingham St
Kindred Cycles – 2515 Penn Ave
Iron City Bikes – 3822 Butler St
• Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and on sidewalks.
• Walk your bike on the sidewalk in business districts like Fifth Ave, Forbes Ave, and Craig St – it’s illegal to ride on the sidewalks there.
• Make some noise! Signal with your voice (“Bike on your left!”) or with a bell before passing a pedestrian.
• Ride Oakland’s most bike-friendly routes to avoid Oakland’s dangerous, high-stress corridors.
* AVOID THE HIGH-STRESS FIFTH/FORBES CORRIDOR BY USING THESE ALTERNATE ROUTES
* THREE GREAT CLASS OFFERINGS FROM BIKE PITTSBURGH
Fundamentals of City Cycling
The Wheel Mill’s indoor venue, and the class’s small-group, drop-in style allow participants to learn and practice city cycling skills in a controlled, protected environment. The Fundamentals class’ curriculum is built according to your needs. If you’re a novice time rider, the Fundamentals classes will help you practice balance. If you’re a life-long rider, the Fundamentals classes can help you dial in on improving a particular movement or skill. Learn more.
Confident City Cycling
Confident City Cycling is intended for riders who know how to ride a bike, and are looking for instruction on how to operate it safely on city streets. They’re structured to give participants education and experience navigating different traffic patterns, intersection layouts and types of bike infrastructure. Learn More.
If you’re an absolute beginner, or you want 1 on 1 instruction, 2015 is the first year that BikePGH is offering options private lessons. Individual lessons are $40/ hour for BikePGH members and $50/ hour for non-members. Learn more.
* WE NEED YOUR VOICE
Biking in Oakland could easily be better with safer access on Fifth and Forbes Avenues. Bike Pittsburgh needs your help to take this vibrant neighborhood to the next level by joining us in calling for protected bike lanes, way-finding routes for new riders, and improved pedestrian access. Getting involved is easy. Here are three things you can do to help make biking and walking better in Oakland.
Three things you can do to help make biking (and walking) better in Oakland.
- Call the City Council District 6 and 8 officies and tell them you’re in support of adding safe bicycling facilities in Oakland.
- Attend the Oakland Green Team meetings. The Oakland Green Team serves as the bike and pedestrian advocacy organization for Oakland. Their meeting times can be found on our Civic Events Calendar.
- Stay tuned to Bike Pittsburgh’s Facebook, Twitter and email newsletter for more information about infrastructure in Oakland.
Please also note that bicycles are prohibited in the bus only lane on Fifth Ave.
Have other questions about riding in Oakland? Want to get more involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.