Whether you're a hard core cyclist or a casual weekend bike trail enthusiast, Pittsburgh has the bicycle experience for you!
Pittsburgh has a strong and devoted community of cyclists who are eager to welcome you to their city. Let Pittsburgh wow you not only with its bike-accessible hotels and public transportation, but also its beautiful trails, fascinating and fun tours, and accommodating shops with knowledgeable and passionate staff.
In fact, People for Bikes, one of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to making bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone, named Pittsburgh among the top 20 cities in the United States for people on bicycles. Included in the evaluation were five key indicators: ridership, safety, network, reach and acceleration. Pittsburgh performed particularly well in terms of safety (how safe it is to ride bikes) and acceleration (how fast the community is working to improve biking).
There is so much to see and do in Pittsburgh - all you need is your bike!
Pittsburgh's unique topographic blend of steep, winding hills and flat river areas makes it one of the best cities for cycling enthusiasts. One of Pittsburgh's outdoor claims to fame is The Great Allegheny Passage, also known as the GAP Trail, a 150 mile connection from Pennsylvania to Maryland. The GAP ultimately connects Pittsburgh to Washington D.C., passing through Cumberland Narrows, crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, snaking across the Laurel Highlands through Ohiopyle State Park, and ending right in Downtown Pittsburgh at the beautiful Point State Park.
Other beautiful and exciting Pittsburgh trails include the trail systems at Frick Park, Schenley Park, and Highland Park, Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Montour Trail, and Main Line Canal Greenway, just to name a few. If you're looking for a little more challenge, check out these tougher Pittsburgh-area trails.
OpenStreetsPGH is a free event series run by BikePGH. It is a group of businesses, neighbors, non-profits, and others who want to help Pittsburgh be the healthiest, most active, and happiest city it can be. Three times a year, OpenStreetsPGH closes down a city street and uses it for fitness workshops, kids activities, shopping, brunch, community arts, and special promotions from over 100 local businesses and organizations.
POGOH is Pittsburgh's bike share system. Bike-sharing is meant for quick trips around the city of Pittsburgh. Customers can pick up a bicycle at 50 stations throughout the city, return the bike at one of the other stations, and move about their day.
Pittsburgh's arts and cycling communities come together in the form of Art Bike Racks sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Be on the lookout for some fun and interesting bike racks as you travel through Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods via bike lanes that extended throughout the city. Don't forget to snap a pic!
Pittsburgh is committed to supporting its bicycling community as well as all of its visiting cyclists, so much so that the city's public buses and light rail system, called the T, encourage travelers to combine modes of transportation by providing space for you to store your bicycle.
Each bus has racks on the front for bike storage while you ride, so you can get through town and get out into the beautiful nature that is so perfectly integrated into the city.
Pittsburgh's light rail system, better known as the T, is also bike friendly. Two bikes per train car are allowed on the T at all times in any direction in a designated area. Find more information about Pittsburgh's bike-friendly public transportation on the Port Authority Website.
Allegheny Cycling Association
Conducts and organizes bicycle racing for riders of all abilities within Western Pennsylvania and encourages nationwide competition of its members.
Partners with local stakeholders to increase the safety and accessibility of bike transportation in the city through street, bridge and trail improvement. Also check out their Google Calendar of local events.
The region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health and fitness, and urban lifestyles.
Western PA Wheelmen
Founded in 1969; one of the largest cycling clubs in Pennsylvania.