Carnegie is a wonderful little town with much of the historic built environment intact
Carnegie residents have held on to the belief in their community despite industrial upheavals, economic downturns, and floods. It holds much potential for the future because it has the infrastructure to become a very walkable, bikeable, livable, and human scaled community.
As our featured district this month Carnegie marks the Car Free Fridays location furthest from Pittsburgh’s urban core. Local bicyclists Bill Edmonds in conjunction with Borough Manager Whitney Brady have planned a delightful evening of Car Free fun.
Bill has designed two rides that he hopes will provide something of interest for almost everyone.
One is what he is calling the “Social Ride”, an easier route of about 7 miles that winds through the back streets and hidden corners of Carnegie and adjacent Heidelburg. The ride will pass a couple of interesting cemeteries, one with a wonderful view, and another with headstones from the American Revolution era, the baseball legend Honus Wagner’s house, the beautiful and recently restored Carnegie Free Library, a 21st century green townhouse development, and a great street that will make you think you have suddenly been transported to the forest. This will be an escorted, no-drop ride, leaving at 6:00 pm, and if there is enough interest, again at 7:00 pm.
The other ride is for the more adventurous set. 8 miles winding up into the hills of Rosslyn Farms and Carnegie Heights with some serious climbing and some amazing views. Ride this one on your own or get together a group. A map will be available and the route is marked.
Both tours will start at the Carnegie Station of the West Busway
Golden Triangle Bike Rental will have bikes and helmets available to rent for $10 for those who sign up in advance. Sign up by contacting Whitney at wbrady(at)carnegieborough(dot)com before 1:00 on Friday.
Car Free Carnegie Happy Hour immediately following bike tours at Paddys’ Pour House , 215 East Main Street, Carnegie.
Sticking with the theme of Car Free Fridays BikePGH highly recommends getting to and from by bus, especially if you plan on participating in the Happy Hour. Follow this link to the BikePGH Message for a thread with information about getting to Carnegie by bus.
Thanks to Bill Edmonds for providing much of the content for this post.
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