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PedalPGH is an annual charity ride for BikePGH

Since 1994, PedalPGH has been Pennsylvania’s biggest celebration of bicycling. Join in the most fun you can have on two wheels while touring the city’s sights. It’s a casual, fun ride that exposes people of all ages and fitness levels to the neighborhoods, parks, bridges, and geography that make Pittsburgh so unique. Proceeds fund BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.

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So what do we mean by “virtual”…..

  1. To aid in social distancing, riders may begin anywhere along the routes, anytime from August 26th to August 29th, 2021.
  2. Riders can choose from four routes around Pittsburgh, ranging from 10 to 62 miles long. Socially-distanced rest stops will be available on Sunday August 29th only for those that are looking for support along their ride.
  3. Colorful wayfinding signs around the city will guide you on your way, along with free digital navigation available through our Digital Ride Guide, or printed cue sheets available at Packet Pickup.
  4. When you sign up you will receive: Digital ride guide (Featuring maps, tips, and more from our sponsors) and a ride packet that includes: Limited edition PedalPGH T-shirt, Specialized water bottle, sweet swag, and a personalized bib number (required for access to rest stops around the city on Sunday)

The biggest differences from the event we normally have…..

Due to Covid-19 precautions and regulations, there will be no mass start line, timed starts, finish line festival, or gathering of any kind. Participants are expected to wear masks when around other riders and observe social distancing throughout the event. We encourage you to #PedalPGH solo or with members of your household or pod. If riding in-person on Sunday and utilizing PedalPGH rest stops, participants are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and present their bib number to receive service.

packet & apparel pickup

Packet Pickup will be held throughout the week before the event, at the BikePGH offices in Lawrenceville. When you drop by packet pickup, we’ll have a packet ready to go with all your items, everything you need to ride (plus a bib number to access the rest stops for in-person Sunday riders). Packet pickup will be operating outdoors, and we will require you to wear a mask and observe social distancing using the lineup markings provided. Riding a bike, walking or taking transit is preferred, but parking is also available while you receive your items. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact us to schedule a contactless handoff of your packet and items anytime during business hours during the week of the event. 

When you register, make sure to select the correct t-shirt and/or jersey size on your ticket. . For safety reasons, there will be no exchanges or switching sizes onsite. 

Hours and more information coming soon…

planning your ride

This year, PedalPGH will be a “virtual”, ride-on-your-own event in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Riders may start anywhere along the PedalPGH routes anytime from August 26th to August 29th. The four routes, ranging from 10 to 62 miles, will be marked with cue signs, and digital navigation is available to registered participants. 

All Riders must obey traffic laws. Helmets are required for any participants under 18 and highly encouraged for everyone else.

Please note: Due to restrictions on gatherings, there will be no mass start line, timed start, or Finish Line Festival. Riders are required to ride solo or with members of their household, to wear face masks, and comply with social distancing guidelines. 

frequently asked

What does “virtual” mean?

PedalPGH 2021 will be a self-supported ride. Riders can choose from four routes around Pittsburgh, ranging from 10 to 62 miles long. To aid in social distancing, riders may begin anywhere along the routes, and may ride anytime from August 26-29, 2021. We encourage participants to ride solo, or with members of their household/pod. Share your pictures and videos online as you take on the new #PedalPGH routes, and share your completed route(s) using your favorite riding software.

Are there any rest stops?

Rest stops with water, bathrooms, and grab-n-go snacks for riders will be open along the routes for a limited time on the final day of PedalPGH weekend (Sunday August 29th) only. Stay tuned for Rest Stop hours, locations, and details in your Digital Ride Guide.

How does packet pickup work?

Packet Pickup will be held at the BikePGH offices in Lawrenceville (check back for details on dates). Drop by packet pickup, and we’ll have a packet ready to go with all your items for the event. Packet pickup will be operating outdoors, and we will require you to wear a mask as you approach our staff members and observe social distancing using the lineup markings provided. Riding a bike, walking or taking transit is preferred, but free parking is also available while you receive your items. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact us to schedule a contactless handoff of your packet and items anytime during business hours on the week of the event. Make sure you have selected the correct t-shirt and/or jersey size on your ticket. For safety reasons, there will be no exchanges or switching sizes onsite.

How do I buy the new merchandise?

Our sweet new merchandise will be available at packet pickup only and remaining supplies will be made available online after the ride. Masks will be required at all times as you enter the packet pickup/merch sale area and interact with our staff. No try-ons will be permitted, but one of each item in each size will be set out for customers to hold up. If you wish to buy a jersey only, you can add it to your packet until August 1. Purchase on the same page you registered by selecting the “Jersey Only” option.

Can you mail my items?

Yes! Make sure to select the $5.00 “Add Shipping” add-on when registering and we will mail your packet out the week of the event. Shipping is not available to add after August 1. Please note, due to shipping timelines we cannot guarantee you will receive your items prior to the event dates unless you come to packet pickup!

What if I get a flat?

Virtual Riders: You’re going to fix it yourself or walk to the nearest bike shop! You should be prepared before the ride with an extra tube, tire levers and a pump. Learn how here: https://www.bikepgh.org/2017/11/14/video-how-to-fix-a-flat/ Sunday In-person Riders: SAG support is available on Sunday August 29 ONLY during the hours listed in the Digital Ride Guide. Sunday riders can call for SAG vehicle assistance during event hours using the number on their bib.

What if there’s an emergency?

If there’s an emergency or you are injured in a crash, call 911 immediately.

Where can I brush up on my biking skills?

Please make sure you ride predictably and safely, obeying all traffic laws, and communicating your intentions with proper hand signals and eye contact. Here’s a link to our safety videos if you need a refresher: https://www.bikepgh.org/resources/educational-videos/

Do I have to wear a mask while riding?

State orders require the use of a face covering in any outdoor area where you are unable to maintain consistent social distance from others, including sidewalks, parks, trails, roads and more. As PedalPGH is held on public city streets and trails, encountering other road users is basically guaranteed. So yes, you should wear a mask while riding, or be able to pull it up quickly when around others.

What does my registration go towards?

Your registration goes towards our mission and our work throughout the year on our three programmatic focuses of advocacy, community building, and education. A portion also goes towards purchasing T-shirts, custom water bottles (by Specialized), bib numbers, event signage to mark the route, DPW costs to pre-sweep and patch the event routes, traffic signage to assist with keeping safe routes, and more!

I’m a new rider. What if I don’t feel safe doing a solo road ride?

We recommend those who do not yet feel comfortable on the roads along with traffic to complete the 10 mile route – this route consists of mostly off-street trails & protected bike lanes/infrastructure. Feeling this way is not uncommon and really draws attention to why we need to hold PedalPGH in the first place – because everyone should feel safe and confident to travel through Pittsburgh by bike!

Where can I get water?

Bring your own water, and if riding on Sunday, you can check out the Digital Ride Guide for information on rest stop times/locations where you can refill your bottle. Water can also be purchased from local shops. Don’t forget your mask, which is required for you to patronize any business.

Where can I see the routes?

The routes and cues will be shared with registered riders the week of the event in the Digital Ride Guide, and can be followed using a smartphone or GPS device. The routes will also be marked with cue signs throughout the city. Printed cue sheets available at packet pickup only.