A ride that touches every single Pittsburgh neighborhood
Hmm, really? In that case some rerouting will be necessary, I think.
I drove across the Bloomfield Bridge in the direction we’ll be traveling on Monday. Unless something changed between now and then, we’re in good shape. Can someone who went through Bloomfield this morning comment on this?
There was a report on WESA that they’re shutting it down this morning. Also this in the PG: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/07/29/Bloomfield-Bridge-closed-to-southbound-traffic/stories/201507290135
Southbound (uphill direction) work was completed last week and that side is open. Northbound (downhill) is now closed and will be closed into the middle of September.
You’re right, the story from the PG was old. Glad to hear we’ll be OK Saturday.
Something we might have to watch out for:
Full outbound closure of Ft. Pitt Tunnel and outbound Parkway West this weekend. Official detour through West End, Green Tree and Carnegie, so expect more traffic than usual on the western portion of the ride.
Great ride today, guys! Thank you to the organizers (Jacob, @mattre, et. al.) for putting this together. You guys rock!
++++ had a great (if not hot) time. Many thanks to all for planning & for the awesome snacks.
Four of us from the slow group finished (finally) at 8:45pm: Robert, Nick, Mikhail, and me. It was a long day – 12.5 hours. Thanks to Jake & wife for stopping and offering us drinks as they drove home – they found us on Carson St in the southside, 7:30ish. Getting some gatorade at that point helped me a lot. But would you believe that we got two flats after that stop?
More stories & pictures later.
We had only 3 finishers in the middle group (6:10) , and I heard there were only 10 finishers in the first group (~15 min earlier). It was definitely hot out there with little shade making for a tough day.
Interesting fact: I believe most of the finishers were of the 40+ age category.
People don’t expect the ride to take as long as it does, and there are lots of opportunities to bail towards the end if you live in the east. Thanks to Jake, Kelley, Matt, Jenny, and those twins who I like to watch grow up year by year. I had a great time.
Also, those Maggie’s bars were awesome.
I will admit to getting caught off guard to how long the ride would take. This is, of course, my fault as I believe the organizers mention this several times. As Jon said, there are a lot of opportunities to bail towards the end, and I saw daylight at the Squirrel Hill rest stop (which was awesome, btw. Pepperoni rolls!) and went home, tagging a few more neighborhoods along the way – including three of the ones in the Hill District. As I waited for the light at Fifth and Kirkpatrick (Bluff – check!), a sense of guilt took over me and I went up Kirkpatrick instead of continuing on Fifth (Terrace Village, Middle Hill and Crawford-Roberts – check!)
This ride brought my personal “Neighborhoods I’ve biked on” count to 89. Except for one, all the ones I was missing prior to yesterday were on the south hills.
East Hills, I’m coming for ya.
Thanx everyone! It’s a great ride organized by an excellent crew!
Marko82 said that most of those who finished were 40+. But one of the riders who finished in our group was a 16-year-old, Nick, and he didn’t appear wiped out, like the rest of us.
And, it started off roughly too..
Actually, that fellow finished!
That video quality is pretty excellent. What was that taken with?
We’re glad everyone had a good time; this is always a fun (albeit really difficult) bike ride. Pro Bikes once again supported this event by putting on a great first rest stop, free of charge; let that be remembered when in need of bikes and gear. NovaCare also sponsored the event by letting us use its Squirrel Hill office as the third rest stop; an air conditioned rest stop on a hot day was really nice. We also had a smorgasborg of food – everything a cyclist could want other than EPO, HGH and the like – thanks to Kelley, Jenny, Margie M. and many others who brought food and drinks.
If anyone has any photos of the ride, please post them here and send a few to Mike at BikePGH.
Crossing the Glenwood Bridge –
(The camera moved a few times as I went over a few rough expansion joints.)
Somebody told me 8/20, but that was a while ago and unofficial. You’re right, it’d be good to hear some deets.
August 20 at 8:00 a.m., at Doughboy Square in Lawrenceville, is correct. Please read the full description:
This is a road ride of around 72 miles which touches all 90 City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods (as well as a few suburbs). It’s not “every neighborhood that can be reached without too much climbing” or “every neighborhood where there are yuppies, coffee shops and yoga studios,” rather it is EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD. Be advised that the course involves between 5,500 and 7,000 feet of climbing, depending on whose GPS you believe, and is not an easy ride.
We will probably have three (3) ride leaders and three (3) groups, which will essentially be the “fast” group, the “intermediate” group and the “slow” group. “Fast” does not mean “your private race” or “your private training ride,” so if you are the kind of person who tries to turn someone else’s group ride into a race or training ride, please do that on some other ride, or better yet, just enter a race.
The ride leaders will make reasonable efforts to keep their groups together. However, given the distance and hills it is NOT a “no drop” ride. In other words, we won’t be jerks about it, but we cannot and will not babysit riders who are out of their league and get dropped repeatedly. For riders who wish to cruise along at their own pace, that is all well and good. Cue sheets will be distributed at the start, but you are otherwise on your own, and don’t expect anyone to be waiting for you at the rest stops.
We mostly avoid busy roads, but a few roads will not be ideal for bicycles. There will be rest and food stops at various points, replete with a bathroom, bike repair tools, etc. for folks who stay with the ride leader(s). There are some serious descents; a properly functioning bike with good brakes is needed.
There are many good points to “bail out” and return to the start if you want to do part of the ride. If you plan to do the whole ride, anticipate a long day on the bike and plan accordingly; complaints such as “Can we hurry up, I have to get home to feed my ferret” will not be entertained or well taken.
The ride will obey all laws and traffic devices; running stop signs and the like will be condemned. Helmets are required. Other than a serious all-day storm, rain does NOT cancel the ride. Riders participate AT THEIR OWN RISK and are solely responsible for their own safety, and acknowledge as much through their participation. The aide stations will be stocked with food, but bring money for the bus if you bonk or have a mechanical problem, and bring enough tubes for a few flats. Again, please note the considerable climbing and pack light!
To attend, please send an email to Jacob McCrea at jcm250b at juno dot com. There is no entry fee, no social or political causes, and we are not asking for a donation, but if you would like to contribute food or drinks, or give something to BikePGH in our names, that would be appreciated. Email me to discuss contributing food or drinks, if inclined.
It’s a great, well-planned ride. Hopefully I’ll get to do it this year again
I will reiterate Jacob’s point about the duration of the ride. Even for the fast group, expect the ride to take all day. I did not expect this when I did it last year (despite Jacob’s written warning prior to the ride) and ended up having to bail after the third rest stop due to time constraints.
I don’t mean to discourage you from doing the ride. Do it. You won’t regret it.
I hope to do the whole thing this year. Last year, I only managed to ride along for a few miles on the South Side.
They had better food and adequate food for riders (compared to pedal pgh). It really does take all day. We hang out and chat at the rest stops for an hour sometimes. Everything Jake said is completely accurate about this ride. I appreciate the work of those who make this run well.
This is now officially on the Bike Fest calendar for a remarkable fifth year in a row. If anyone would like to help with the ride by “sweeping” the groups, i.e., riding at the back of the pack and making sure riders don’t miss turns, please send me an email at the address in my last comment. Also, for planning purposes, please email me if you plan to contribute food and/or ride.
Saddest face! i’ll be out of town for it this year.
I love that this ride exists.
I won’t be at the ride this year because I’ll be away on vacation. But I made a guide to the neighborhoods so you know what neighborhood you’re in. It is organized by mileage and also has cues. I also put in some notes on how the neighborhoods got their names. It’s at
Jacob, I’ll help if my bike is back from a west coast trip. Riding Vancouver to Portland starting next weekend. ~ Gerry
Ha! BC TO OR. We hope to ride through Pittsburg, OR to ask them “What the H?”
Cookie-baking for the ride has started, with pepperoni rolls to follow. We would appreciate an accurate idea of how many will actually attend, so that we don’t waste our time and money preparing too much food, or worse, have too little on hand. Please send me an email to register, as requested above, and ASAP, if you plan to be there.
Also, I am happy to say that Pro Bikes + Run, as well as NovaCare Rehabilitation, have again sponsored the ride by providing excellent rest stop support and facilities. Please consider supporting these businesses as they “put their money where their mouth is” in support of our local cycling scene.
Does the following news affect the All-Neighborhoods Ride?
Parkway Center Mall is coming down
The Kossman Development Co. has begun demolition of the Parkway Center Mall located on the western edge of the city near the Parkway West,the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The mall is now completely vacant except for a Giant Eagle store adjacent to it. The mall is expected to be completed demolished by November. The developer is pursuing a major mixed-use project on the site expected to include retail, offices, housing and entertainment, according to the report. An official for Kossman told the PG “it could be a couple of years” before the company is “able to move forward with anything significant.
Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Do as you see fit, bit I will likely skip that little loop through the mall parking lot, which is to hit whatever neighborhood is on the other side of it.
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