Pittsburgh Bike Fest 2010

August 4, 2010

August 6th- 15th

The ultimate goal is a multi-modal, safe, sustainable transportation system for Pittsburgh. The proximate goal is to have fun, meet folks, and ride bicycles.

Bike Fest 2010

Bikefest begins on Friday and consists of a variety of bike related activities. There are scores of organized bike rides, ranging from light, family-friendly rides around town, to arduous, uphill, 90-mile bikeathons. There are bike games such as polo, rodeo, and a scavenger hunt. There are classes on bicycle maintenance and repair. There are lectures on sustainable transportation. There are midnight rides, early morning rides, rides that cross bridges, historic rides, and city tour rides.

The best thing about Bikefest is that anyone can organize an event. Bike Pgh is acting as the hub for planning and information distribution, but the festival is essentially a people’s festival in which anyone can create or attend any event. So, if you want to, say, sponsor a naked bike ride, or a Halloween costume bike ride, a spray paint my bike pink and cover it with glitter activity, or what have you, feel free!

On Wednesday the 11th, Filmmakers will sponsor a free showing of The Great Muppet Caper, the greatest adventure ever to involve a frog, an elegant pig, and bicycles.

Muppets on bikes

Pennsylvania has been rated as one of the worst states for bicycling. In order to raise the ranking, the state needs to have more bike lanes, better maintained roads, larger shoulders, etc. It also needs more bikers. It may seem odd that increasing the number of bikers will increase biker safety, but there are a few reasons. First, if there are more bikers, drivers will expect them and take precautions. Secondly, there is safety in numbers. If ten people bike together, they are an easily noticeable force. Also, the more bikers there are, the stronger the biker lobby. Even if it is an unofficial lobby, one with no central organization or money, it could still be a powerful.

So, to make Pittsburgh a better place for all bicycles, for the environment, and for the future of mankind, get out there and play pick up bike polo!


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