PEDALPGH DIGITAL RIDE GUIDE

Thank You

Thank you for registering for our 29th Annual PedalPGH Charity Bike Ride.

Proceeds fund BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, working on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.

Your digital ride guide contains everything you need to know about UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH 2022: information about our four event routes, picking up your ride items at packet pickup, free access to digital & audio navigation through RidewithGPS, ride day checklists, and much more.

Please read the information below fully and carefully to make sure you are ready for event day! We’ll see you at the ride.

Let’s Get Started!

This year, UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH will be returning to a fully in-person event format.  

  • Please arrive at Southside Riverfront Park in time to depart during your chosen route’s rolling start time on Sunday August 28
  • Routes will be marked with colorful wayfinding signs to guide you around the city
  • BikePGH will also provide free digital and audio navigation access through the Ride with GPS app. Printed cue sheets are available upon request at packet pickup and on event day
  • Rest Stops and a Lunch Stop will be located along the routes offering Snacks, Water, Portable Restrooms, Bike Mechanic Support and UPMC Sports Medicine Support free to all riders
  • Support and Gear Vehicles circulating the course will transport riders needing assistance to the nearest mechanic or back to Southside Riverfront Park

And don’t forget, the Finish Line Festival is BACK for 2022! Return to Southside Riverfront Park by 3 PM to join the celebration with food trucks, beverages, games, giveaways, music and more. More details below. 

A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thank you for registering to ride in our first fully in-person UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH since 2019. Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran rider, we’re so happy you decided to join us for this community ride to support our mission to make Pittsburgh a better place to bike and walk.

We’ve planned this year’s route options with care so that you can engage with Pittsburgh’s unique geography and infrastructure in the best way we know how – on a fun and supported bike ride where all of the details are handled for you. In addition to the regular rest stops, snacks, navigation, signage, mechanics, and rider support, one of the most exciting things about this year is the return of the Finish Line Festival! We’re excited to see smiling faces and rows upon rows of bikes as we gather together once again in Southside Riverfront Park to eat, drink, and celebrate the day’s achievement.

With this being our premier fundraiser I cannot stress enough how appreciative we are to have your support. The thousands of cyclists who come out for PedalPGH are a visual demonstration of just how many people care about the accessibility of our streets and the safety of people using them, and that’s a pretty amazing thing. Our staff has worked hard to deliver you a high-quality, one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh cycling experience, and we are grateful to have you alongside us, working together to further our mission, and having fun doing it.

Scott Bricker

Executive Director
Bike Pittsburgh

Packet Pickup

Drop by packet pickup anytime during the hours below to receive all your PedalPGH ride materials ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line to get rolling on event day!

Packet Pickup Time & Location

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

⏰ Packet Pickup Hours:

THURSDAY AUG 25, 2022 (11:00am – 7:00 pm)

FRIDAY AUG 26, 2022 (11:00am – 7:00 pm)

📍  Location: BikePGH office (Lawrenceville)
188 43rd St #1, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

At packet pickup you will receive:

  • 2022 T-shirt (wear it on event day!)
  • Water bottle 
  • Bib number (contains tear off tabs for lunch & beer) & safety pins
  • Swag and coupons from event sponsors
  • PedalPGH 2022 jersey (Premium packets only)
  • Plus, NEW MERCH IS FOR SALE! Get one of only 100 pairs of 2022 PedalPGH socks, browse the limited remaining stock of 2022 jerseys (and some vintage jerseys too…) and grab some of our new 20th Anniversary swag for the closet while you’re at it.

If you cannot make packet pickup, please arrive to the event with enough time in the morning to pick up all your ride items (or at least your bib) before joining your route’s rolling start (recommended 30 mins in advance). All registered riders should wear their bib number during the ride and use the tear off tabs to access rest stops, free lunch and free beer (21+ only) . 

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Event Day

Event Day Details and Schedule

Date: Sunday August 28, 2022
Event Start / Finish Line: Southside Riverfront Park
S 18th St, Pittsburgh PA

  • 6:30am – 10am: PedalPGH Registration & Rolling Start Times
    • 🎟 Packet / Bib Number Pickup (if you need to pick up your packet / bib make sure to arrive 30 mins before your route’s rolling start time)
    • ☕️ 🥐 Coffee / Food Truck Onsite: Hot Bunz 
  • 7am – 7:45am: 62 Mile Rolling Start – All 62 Mile Riders Depart
  • 8am – 8:45am: 40 Mile Rolling Start – All 40 Mile Riders Depart
  • 9am – 9:45am: 25 Mile Rolling Start – All 25 Mile Riders Depart
  • 10am – 10:45am: 10 Mile Rolling Start – All 10 Mile Riders Depart (Family Friendly Route)
  • 🎉 11:00am – 3pm: Finish Line Festival – All riders arrive back to Southside Riverfront Park
    • 🍪 Eat n’ Park cookies for every rider 
    • 🕺🏽 Dance it out with DJ Willionaire
    • 🚿Cool down with our bike-powered misting station from Zero Fossil
    • 🍻 Sip on a free Straub Beer (21+ only)
    • 📸 Snap a pic (or gif) at the free PedalPGH photobooth
    • 💰 Enjoy games and product giveaways from our sponsors
    • ☀️ Lay in the grass with friends and congratulate yourselves on a ride well done
    • 🚐 4 Food Trucks Onsite: Pitaland / Haskel’s Deli / Franktuary / Millie’s Ice Cream
      (food from trucks is not included in your registration and must be purchased separately)
    • 🆕 PedalPGH & BikePGH Merchandise for Sale: Jerseys, Socks, Shirts, Bottles and more

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Safe Riding Tips

More and more people in Pittsburgh are realizing that bicycling is an easy and efficient way to get around our city. You might be one of the thousands of people who do so each day. While bicycling can bring increased mobility, it comes with just as much responsibility as walking down the street or driving a car. When you’re riding your bicycle, you must follow all vehicle traffic laws. Not following the laws is a) ILLEGAL and b) a safety issue. Disregarding traffic laws leads to crashes and injuries. Please follow the rules while riding UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH. THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ARE :

RIDE SAFELY

  • Wear a helmet, and make sure to adjust it correctly
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • You are responsible for making sure your bike is in working order
  • Fuel up before riding with a meal and plenty of water. 
  • Stretch before riding and during breaks to prevent injury 
  • Choose your route wisely: Out of the four routes, choose the one that you can reasonably accomplish. Preview the route using the links below to choose which route is best for you – make sure to consider the distance and elevation change – Pittsburgh hills are no joke! Note where the rest stop locations will be along your route and the distance between stops.

 

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RIDE PREDICTABLY

Remember, PedalPGH is held on city streets, and you will be riding alongside vehicle traffic. Use your signals and follow all rules of the road!

    • Use hand signals when turning
    • Stop at all stop lights and stop signs. 
    • Yield to pedestrians and give them plenty of space; Leave crosswalks clear for safe walking.
    • Ride in the rightmost lane (unless turning left) or the bike lane. 
    • Do not cross over the double yellow line on the road
    • Do not ride on sidewalks in business districts. It is illegal.
    • Ride no more than two abreast.
    • Try to avoid sudden movements left and right
    • 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.

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Get more tips for confident cycling

RIDE POLITELY

You can help lift up the perception of cycling in Pittsburgh, and keep everyone safe by biking respectfully and responsibly. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, and communicate with your fellow riders while on the road:

    • Say “car up” or “car back” to alert other cyclists in your group of approaching vehicles
    • Alert other riders if you are going to stand or use your brakes – say “slowing / stopping”
    • Point out potholes, glass, loose gravel, etc. to cyclists around you
    • Give other riders plenty of space both in front of you and to the side

For more help with city cycling, visit bikepgh.org/101 to learn the rules of the road.

And finally, ENJOY THE RIDE!

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Rider Checklist

RIDER CHECKLIST

  1. Choose your route wisely: Out of the four routes, choose the one that you can reasonably accomplish. Preview the route using the links below to choose which route is best for you – make sure to consider the distance and elevation change – Pittsburgh hills are no joke! Note where the rest stop locations will be along your route and the distance between stops.
  2. Bring everything you need. Here’s your checklist: 
    • Your bike
      • Check to make sure it is in good working order before the ride. Visit bikepgh.org/abc to perform an at-home ABC quick check.
    • Sunscreen (or apply beforehand)
    • Two full water bottles (freezing one of them the night before is never a bad idea!)
    • Helmet
    • Phone (for navigation & in case of emergencies!)
      • 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.
    • Bib number and safety pins (if you picked them up at packet pickup)
    • Spare tube, tire levers, patch kit, mini air pump, and multi-tool
    • Money for food trucks at the Finish Line Festival
    • Bike lock
    • Rain jacket / any other layers you may need
    • Face mask (optional, rest stop areas may become crowded!)
    • Friends and family members – to ride with you and/or celebrate together with us at the finish!

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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!

find a local bike shop

Routes

With 4 routes to choose from, 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 riders of all ages and fitness levels.

2022 PedalPGH Routes & Directions

Color-coded signs: Every route will be marked with color-coded cue signs at each turn.

10 Mile South Side Works Local Loop – Follow Blue Signs
25 Mile City Tour – Follow Green Signs
40 Mile Grand Tour – Follow Yellow Signs
62 Mile BikePGH Anniversary Epic 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.

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Download map on your device here

10 Mile South Side Works Local Loop

Follow blue signs

Rolling Start Time: 10am – 10:45 am 

We recommend starting on time to beat the heat. Please note that you will NOT be supported by Support and Gear vehicles if you do not start on time. 

The 10 Mile South Side Works Local Loop is a fun, flat route that mostly follows river trails and protected bike lanes, with a few on-road sections. This novice-friendly, all-ages ride starts at Southside Riverfront Park and ends back at the park for the Finish Line Festival from 11am-3pm. Everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy the day. At the festival, there will be restrooms, bike parking (don’t forget to bring your bike lock), music, food and ice cream trucks and a free photo booth. It’s going to be fun! 

 

Parking: 

Participants may begin at Southside Riverfront Park anytime between 10am and 10:45am. Below are a few parking suggestions: 

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

Rolling Start Time: 9 am – 9 :45 am 

We recommend starting on time to beat the heat. Please note that you will NOT be supported by Support and Gear vehicles or rest stops if you do not start on time. 

Rest Stops: 

Mile 8 – Allegheny Commons (North Ave & Arch St) – OPEN: 8:00am – 11:00am

Mile 17 – Highland Park Lunch Stop – OPEN: 10:00am – 1:00pm

For those looking to explore a little more of the city, we have the 25 Mile City Tour. This ride offers plenty of fun on lower-traffic streets, some of which feature bike infrastructure, as you sightsee throughout Pittsburgh’s South Side, Downtown, Northside, and East End. There will be some climbing, since we *are* in Pittsburgh after all! This ride has 1,200 ft of elevation. Rest stops are strategically placed along the route to support riders of all experience levels.

Parking: 

Below are a few parking suggestions: 

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 take you on an adventure through the South Side, Northside, Downtown, and East End. From wooded roads to dense city streets, you will climb 2,500 ft and get a glimpse of more than a dozen Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

⏱ Rolling Start Time: 8 – 8:45 am 

We recommend starting on time to beat the heat. Please note that you will NOT be supported by Support and Gear vehicles or rest stops if you do not start on time. 

Rest Stops:

Mile 6 – Allegheny Commons (North Ave & Arch St) – OPEN: 8:00am – 11:00am

Mile 19 – Riverview Park – OPEN: 8:30am – 11:00am

Mile 23 – Allegheny Commons (Cedar @ Avery) – OPEN: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Mile 31 – Highland Park Lunch Stop – OPEN: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Parking: 

Below are a few parking suggestions: 

Map:

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

 

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62 Mile BikePGH Anniversary Epic Challenge

Follow pink signs

The 62 Mile BikePGH Anniversary Epic Challenge is an exhilarating ride for cyclists seeking a true challenge. You will climb nearly 4,200 feet of intense hills (with some incredible views of the city) and earn your PGH bonafides while journeying through over 20 of Steel city’s many neighborhoods. Please note, this route is for experienced cyclists only – be sure to preview the route in advance!

⏱  Rolling Start Time: 7am – 7:45 am 

We recommend starting on time to beat the heat. Please note that you will NOT be supported by Support and Gear vehicles or rest stops if you do not start on time. 

Rest Stops:

Mile 4 – Emerald View Park (water only stop)

Mile 17 – Allegheny Commons (North Ave & Arch St) – OPEN 8:00am – 11:00am

Mile 29 – Riverview Park – OPEN 8:30am – 11:00am

Mile 35 – St. Mary’s Cemetery (water only)

Mile 40 – Allegheny Commons (Cedar @ Avery) – OPEN 9:30am – 12:30pm

Mile 50 – Highland Park Lunch Stop – OPEN 10:00am – 1:00pm

Parking: 

Below are a few parking suggestions: 

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 Marshals

Rest Stop Locations:

On Sunday August 28th, there will be four (4) rest stops located around the city providing bathrooms, water refills, and grab-n-go snacks for PedalPGH riders! Mechanics will be available at each rest stop to help with minor issues or diagnose problems that may come up during the ride and UPMC Sports Med support staff will be on hand to help riders with minor injuries, muscle pulls, and more. Rest Stops will be open between 8 AM & 1 PM, Sunday August 28th. Please note individual rest stop hours below. Riders arriving outside these hours will not be able to access rest stop support! Plan your ride and pace accordingly.

Make sure you have and are wearing your bib number to show you are registered for the event and access the rest stops.


Marshals + Support & Gear Vehicles (SAG)
PedalPGH safety marshals as well as Aurora Support and Gear vehicles will be riding along the route for the duration of the ride. Flag down a safety marshal in a yellow BikePGH vest anytime if you require assistance, or call for SAG vehicle assistance with crashes, first aid, and pickups using this number:

Aurora Support & Gear (SAG) Line – (412) 227- 9208‬

Hours: 7 AM – 2 PM
Riders calling outside these hours will not be able to receive support; please make sure to have a backup plan in place or call for a pickup BEFORE 2 PM if you are unable to finish the ride. 

If you are in a crash and any injured party requires medical assistance, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. SAG drivers are NOT medical professionals or mechanics. SAG vehicles will transport riders (and their bikes) who have broken down or are otherwise unable to complete their ride to a) the nearest rest stop for aid, or b) back to the finish festival. SAG vehicles also carry water bottles, snacks, and first aid kits for riders to self-administer minor first aid. For the health and safety of our SAG drivers, face masks may be required regardless of vaccination status while in a SAG vehicle. 


Thank You to All Our Event Sponsors!

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