BikeFest, our annual celebration of all-things-cycling, is almost here.
You know what that means: bike rides with your friends and soon-to-be friends!
All* individuals and organizations that would like to organize a bike-themed event during the dates of August 19-28th are encouraged to host or lead a ride. Festivities famously begin with the BikeFest Kick-Off Party – this year at the ACE Hotel – and culminate with our annual fundraiser bike ride, UMPC Health Plan PedalPGH.
Leading an ride can be as simple or as complicated as you would like to make it. BikeFest events can be as simple as a coffee meet up (Coffeeneuring, yes it is a thing) or a bike ride to all 90 neighborhoods. Events must be submitted by August 7th to be listed in our annual BikeFest City Paper Calendar**.
How to create a BikeFest Event.
- Think of a place or activity that involves a bike, trike, or unicycle.
- Create a simple plan.
- What kind of ride would you like to do? (Road ride, fun fondo, social city tour, mountain biking, etc.)
- Do they need costumes or any other supplies?
- Where will they go?
- Pick a date and time
- Submit your event!
- Let people know about your event to the BikePGH Message Board, Facebook, Twitter etc.
- BikePGH will list your event in our annual BikeFest Calendar published in the Pittsburgh City Paper**.
For a more detailed guide for hosting a group ride check out this handy dandy guide:
BikeFest has featured tons of fun bike rides that explore Pittsburgh. Here just a few of the hundreds of rides that have been that were listed in our calendar over the last few years. :
12 Bridges, 3 Rivers, 21 Miles: What could be more fun then going on a 21 mile bike ride admiring some of Pittsburgh’s major creations?
Railbender Ride: A 2-day charity ride that held a post BBQ and live music.
2 Wheels-Lots of Green: GTech Strategies took riders on an adventure of exploring some past vacant lots and how they have been transformed into beautiful community spaces!
BikeFest would be impossible to put on year after year without people like you. We need lots of creative events to make BikeFest a success!
*BikeFest events should be inclusive by nature. Events must be open to the public and not discriminate.
**To be included in the BikeFest City Paper Calendar Events must be received by August 7th. Late submissions will only be included in our digital BikeFest guide.
If you love Pittsburgh, you’ll love riding PedalPGH on Sunday, August 28th. Voted one of the best city tours by City Paper readers in 2015, this ride is not to be missed. Choose one of three routes showcasing some of Pittsburgh’s most bike-friendly streets. Register today.