PedalPGH DIGITAL RIDE GUIDE

Thank You!

Thank you for registering for our 28th Annual PedalPGH Charity Bike Ride 

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.

This Ride Guide contains everything you need to know about PedalPGH including information about packet pickup, navigating our four routes, ride preparation checklists, how-to videos for your ride, and much more.

It’s important that all riders read through this Ride Guide for updates and information about what to expect at PedalPGH this year!

Let’s Get Started!

PedalPGH 2021 will offer two options for riders: ride with limited support and access to Rest Stops on Sunday, August 29, or tackle our routes solo on a self-supported ride anytime from August 26-29. With either option, you may begin your ride anywhere along the routes, and choose a start time that is convenient for you!

  • Riders may start anywhere along the 4 PedalPGH routes. There is no official starting or stopping point.
  • Routes will be marked with colorful wayfinding signs to guide you around the city. Free digital navigation is also available through RidewithGPS.
  • Sport your PedalPGH 2021 T-shirt or jersey as you complete your ride. If riding in-person on Sunday, make sure to wear your rider bib and bring a face mask for access to the Rest Stops!

Due to safety precautions for Covid-19, there is no mass start or Finish Line Festival this year. We are excited to bring it back next year!

A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

We are excited that you’ll be joining us for the 2021 UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH. Because we are still in the midst of the pandemic, the ride will be different than those we hosted through 2019. That said, we have put a lot of thoughtful planning into this event and we are certain you will have a joyful experience riding these new and improved routes. While there will be no mass start or finish in order to keep some distance between groups of participants, you will have the freedom to begin and end your ride anywhere along any of the routes. If you choose to ride on Sunday, August 29, you’ll have access to rest stops and refreshments. If you prefer to keep more distance between you and other participants, you will have the opportunity to ride self-supported beginning Thursday, August 26. Our routes are challenging without being grueling. The climbs have big payoffs in terms of beautiful views and thrilling descents that will take you to dozens of neighborhoods and communities in and around Pittsburgh while showing off some of the bike infrastructure we have championed. For those of you who will be riding PedalPGH for the first time, you’re going to have a blast!

On behalf of our board and staff, we are grateful that you’ve chosen to support our mission by participating in our biggest fundraiser. Now more than ever, our communities need to invest in making streets safer and less stressful to bike and walk – fun, affordable, healthy, and non-polluting transportation options to help us all get where we need to go.

Scott Bricker

Executive Director
Bike Pittsburgh

Packet Pickup

Time & Location

Drop by packet pickup anytime during the hours below to receive your ride materials – we’ll have a packet with your bib, t-shirt, water bottle, jersey (if you registered for premium) and more.

Unless you paid for shipping with your Eventbrite registration, packets will not be mailed in advance of the ride. Make sure you stop by to pick yours up!

Pick up times:
Mon, August 23, 12 – 5PM
Tues, August 24, 12 – 5PM
Wed, August 25, 12 – 5PM
Thurs, August 26, 4 – 7 PM
Fri, August 27, 4 – 7 PM

Location: BikePGH office
188 43rd St #1, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Please wear a mask and observe social distancingFree 10 minute parking for bikes and vehicles is available during packet pickup.

If you require special accommodation for packet pickup, please contact us at info@bikepgh.org.

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Sweet Swag & Merch

At packet pickup you will receive:

  • Bib number (Very important: You need this to easily access Rest Stops on Sunday)
  • PedalPGH T-shirt
  • PedalPGH water bottle 
  • PedalPGH jersey (Premium registration only)
  • Swag items & more from our sponsors
  • BikePGH merch (shirts, buffs, socks, and more!) available for purchase 

Please note: Merchandise will not be available at rest stops, it is available for purchase in advance at packet pickup only!

Routes

With four routes to choose from, ranging from 7 to 62 miles, PedalPGH has a ride for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a casual, fun ride or you want to crush some miles and hills, there are options for all kinds of riders.

Route & Directions

Color-coded signs: From August 26th through August 29th, every route will be marked with color-coded cue signs at each turn.

7 Mile Local Loop – Follow Blue Signs
25 Mile City Tour – Follow Green Signs
40 Mile Grand Tour – Follow Yellow Signs
62 Mile MoveForwardPGH Challenge – Follow Pink Signs

Ride with GPS Digital Navigation: Follow these directions carefully to access free turn-by-turn audio navigation, route maps, printable cue sheets, and GPS files through the Ride with GPS website or app.

Click the “Download Map on Your Device” button below to get access to the private event, then follow these additional steps to access the routes & free audio navigation on any smartphone:

1. Sign in or create a free account with Ride with GPS
2. Install the free Ride with GPS app on your phone
3. Open the app on your phone and sign in
4. Tap “More”, then “My Events” to access the PedalPGH routes. (Do not search for PedalPGH or the app may show you routes from previous years.)
5. Tap the ride you want to follow and tap Download to save for offline use*. When you’re ready to ride, tap Navigate to get turn by turn alerts and voice navigation.
7. Get familiar with the app before you ride! Test your audio navigation setup, whether relying on your phone speaker or a bluetooth speaker.

Questions about Ride with GPS navigation, or connecting to your GPS device?* Get help here!

Paper directions: Paper cue sheets will be available by request at packet pickup only. Help us limit paper use by following the color-coded signs and using audio navigation.

*Please Note: If downloading the routes for offline use, or using a device other than the RidewithGPS app, remember to refresh the GPS files on the day of your ride to make sure you have the most up to date cues. And remember, you can start anywhere – choose a location that works best for you and start your device’s navigation from there!

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Download map on your device here

7 Mile Local Loop

Follow blue signs

On the 7 Mile Local Loop, you can experience Pittsburgh’s beautiful riverfront trails and bridges with incredible views of the Downtown skyline. This kid-friendly route is as flat as you can get in Pittsburgh and consists almost entirely of trails and protected bike lanes. There is a snack stop on this route located at Millvale Riverfront Park, which will be open from 10 AM – 2 PM!

Parking: You may park and begin your ride anywhere along the route – or just bike there! There is no official starting or stopping point. Street parking is available at many points along the 7 mile route, and below are a few suggestions for lots and parking garages: 

Map:
See section above for information on accessing maps and digital navigation through Ride with GPS.

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25 Mile City Tour

Follow green signs

The 25 Mile City Tour will take you on a journey over bridges, through neighborhoods, and around Pittsburgh’s beautiful parks. Climbing and descending just over 1,200 feet, you can build stamina all while enjoying the unique sights in our city. Rest Stops with snacks, water, mechanics and food trucks will be located at Mellon Park, Schenley Plaza, South Side Works, and Allegheny Commons Park.

Parking: You may park and begin your ride anywhere along the route – or just bike there! There is no official starting or stopping point. While street parking is available at many points along the 25 mile route, below are a few suggestions for parking garages: 

Map:
See section above for information on accessing maps and digital navigation through Ride with GPS.

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40 Mile Grand Tour

Follow yellow signs

The 40 Mile Grand Tour will climb 2,400 feet of classic Pittsburgh hills, from dense neighborhood streets to quiet tree-lined roads. Rest Stops with snacks, water, mechanics and food trucks will be located at Mellon Park, Schenley Plaza, South Side Works, and Allegheny Commons Park.

Parking: You may park and begin your ride anywhere along the route – or just bike there! There is no official starting or stopping point. While street parking is available at many points along the 40 mile route, below are a few suggestions for parking garages: 

Map:
See section above for information on accessing maps and digital navigation through Ride with GPS. 

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62 Mile MoveForwardPGH Challenge

Follow pink signs

The 62 Mile route is back, with a few new twists! The MoveForwardPGH 62 Mile Challenge route will test your abilities with 4,000 feet of climbing up Pittsburgh’s iconic hills. Why 62 miles? It’s a metric century! Explore over 35 city neighborhoods, with a few excursions onto winding wooded roads just outside the city limits. Rest Stops with snacks, water, mechanics and food trucks will be located at Mellon Park, Schenley Plaza, South Side Works, and Allegheny Commons Park.

Parking: You may park and begin your ride anywhere along the route – or just bike there! There is no official starting or stopping point. Street parking is available at many points along the 62 mile route, and below are a few suggestions for parking garages:

Map:
See section above for information on accessing maps and digital navigation through Ride with GPS. 

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Rest Stops

Rest Stop Locations, Support Vehicles, and Hours (SUNDAY IN-PERSON RIDERS ONLY)

Rest Stop Hours are 8 AM – 2 PM, Sunday August 29th.
Riders arriving outside these hours will not be able to receive support! Plan your ride accordingly.

For the health & safety of all, a face covering is required to receive service at the rest stops regardless of vaccination status. Make sure you have a mask, gaiter or other face covering to put on as you approach our volunteers for refreshments, and are sporting your bib number to show you are registered for the event.

South Side Rest Stop Location: SouthSide Works at the North Lot

East End Rest Stop Location: Mellon Spray Park Lot

Central Rest Stop Location: Schenley Plaza Oval

North Side Rest Stop Location: Allegheny Commons Park

7 Mile Local Loop Snack Stop (10AM – 2PM): Millvale Riverfront Park


Support and Gear Vehicles will also be circulating the course on Sunday to pick up riders who need transportation to the nearest rest stop.

Support & Gear (SAG) Hours are 8 AM – 2 PM, Sunday August 29th.
Riders calling outside these hours will not be able to receive support!

SAG vehicles are meant to transport riders who have broken down or are otherwise unable to complete their ride. If you are in a crash and require medical assistance, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. SAG drivers are NOT medical professionals or mechanics. They are only equipped to transport you and your bike, and will bring you to the nearest rest stop for pickup or to receive help from a mechanic. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status while in a SAG vehicle.


Rider Checklist

RIDER CHECKLIST

  1. Choose your route wisely. Out of the four routes, choose a distance that you can reasonably and safely accomplish. Consider the distance and elevation change. Note the rest stop locations along your route and the distance between stops.
  2. Make an exit plan ahead of the ride. If you break down or can not continue the ride, plan for someone to pick you up, or bring a Connect Card to take transit home. If riding on Sunday, you can call a Support and Gear (SAG) vehicle using the number on the back of your bib to be transported to the nearest rest stop location. 
  3. Bring everything you need. Here’s your checklist: 
    • Your bike or a Healthy Ride bike & Helmet
    • Water & Snacks (at least two full bottles)
    • Rider bib (you’ll need this to access rest stops on Sunday)
    • Face mask (you’ll need this to access rest stops on Sunday)
    • First aid kit 
    • Spare tube, tire levers, patch kit, mini air pump, and multi-tool
    • Money for lunch or snacks at local businesses along the route
    • Bike lock
    • Phone (for navigation & in case of emergencies!)

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Safe Riding Tips

Prepare your body

  • Fuel up before riding with a hearty meal and lots of water. Bring more snacks and water than you think you’ll need.
  • Stretch before riding and during breaks to prevent injury 
  • Choose your route wisely: Out of the four routes, choose a distance that you can reasonably and safely accomplish. Consider the distance and elevation change. Note the rest stop locations along your route and the distance between stops.
  • Wear a helmet, and make sure to adjust it correctly!

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Prepare your bike

An easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

  1. Check the AIR PRESSURE of your tires. Inflate to the recommended limit (written on the sidewall of your tires)
  2. Check your BRAKES. Your brake lever should not touch the handlebars when you squeeze them. If you have rim brakes, make sure the brake pads rub against the metal rims, not the rubber on the tires. 
  3. Check your CHAIN and your drive-train mechanism (shifters and derailleurs) to see if it is lubricated and working properly

Need some help to get your bike ready to ride? Call and make an appointment ASAP – local bike shops are busier than ever!

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Communicate for a safe ride

Remember, PedalPGH is held on city streets, and you will be riding alongside vehicle traffic. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, and communicate clearly while on the road:

    • Use hand signals when turning
    • Say “car up” or “car back” to alert other cyclists in your group to approaching vehicles
    • Say “slowing” or “stopping” to notify cyclists behind you
    • Point out potholes, glass, loose gravel, etc. to cyclists around you

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Bike confidently, bike safely, and don’t be a jagoff!

You can help lift up the perception of cycling in Pittsburgh, and keep everyone safe by biking respectfully and responsibly:

    • Stop at all stop lights and stop signs. 
    • Yield to pedestrians and give them plenty of space
    • Ride in the rightmost lane (unless turning left) or the bike lane. 
    • Do not ride on sidewalks in business districts.
    • Ride no more than two abreast.
    • Use hand signals when turning. 
    • Take the lane rather than weaving in and out of parked cars
    • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times; do not wear headphones while riding.

And finally, ENJOY THE RIDE!

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