Watch our 60 second video to learn the basics of planning your next bike route. The BikePGH Bike Map shows you everything you need to know to find your way around Pittsburgh on bike. Biking 101 is another great resource for tips, suggestions, and laws to stay safe while biking.
How to fit your bicycle HELMET
A helmet needs to fit properly in order to provide the highest level of head protection. Don’t rush fitting a helmet. Make sure the fit is right for your head. Watch our video below for quick tips and use our step-by-step guide for detailed fitting methods.
How to do an ABC Quick Check
Have you checked your bike since your last ride? When was the last time you had it in the shop? Regular bicycle maintenance can prevent accidents. Here is the “ABC Quick Check,” which you should do every time before you ride.
How to Carry More Stuff on a Bike
Everyone needs to carry things on their bike, whether it’s something small like a multi-tool or a spare tube, up to larger hauls like groceries. We are going to show you a few ways that work for various budgets, how much you need to carry, and your personal preference of what feels most comfortable to you.
How to use a 2-stage turn box
If a cyclist wants to turn left, it can be a challenge to merge into the left-lane to make that left turn. A green bike box is a designated space in front of cars where a cyclist can wait during a red light. Bicyclists can also make a left turn from the driving lane.
How to use a contra-flow bike lane
Pittsburgh’s first contra-flow bike lane begins at Bellefield Ave, where Forbes Ave goes from a one-way street to a two-way street. What’s changed is that all westbound traffic still needs to turn onto Bellefield Ave – except bikes. Take a look at our 60-second video below to learn how to use this new bike lane.
How to Buy a Bike
When purchasing a bicycle it’s important to think about the style of bicycle that best fits your riding needs. Ask yourself, what terrain will you primarily ride on? What type of position would you be most comfortable riding in?
How to use hand signals
Predictability is key to your safety. Be deliberate and clear about your intentions. Have a commanding presence and use both hand signals and eye contact to communicate. Watch our 60 second video to learn the basics of using hand signals.
How to lock your bike
Love your bike? Lock it right. Doctors agree, getting your bike stolen causes severe sadness, stress, and irritability. Watch our 60-second video for tips and avoid these symptoms by following our guide.
How and when to ride on the trails
Whether you want to explore the Three Rivers Heritage Trail or travel longer distances via the GAP Trail, Pittsburgh has a variety of trails that provide wonderful bicycling experiences. Watch our 60-second video for guidelines to riding on these beautiful trails.
How to fix a flat tire
If you ride a bike, it’s pretty much inevitable. You will get a flat tire one day (hopefully not in the middle of a rainstorm or a race). That said, it pays to be prepared!
Pennsylvania bike laws
Knowing the law and your cycling rights on the road is important to ensure the safety of you and others.
How and when to ride on the sidewalk
Sidewalks were made for pedestrians, not bicycles, and pedestrians have the right of way.
How to do the dutch reach
An often over-looked dangerous obstacle for cyclists is the possibility of getting ‘doored’. So, how do you combat this challenge? The Dutch Reach might be the answer.
How to Crosswalk
On your next trip, be extra cautious when traveling through areas with crosswalks. Remember everyone begins and ends their trip as a pedestrian.
What to do on a group ride
Following proper cycling etiquette during group rides helps keep you and those around you safe.