By Katie Bordner + The City High Bike Club
Downtown Pittsburgh and the areas nearby have so much to offer people who want to get out and about during lunch! This summer, students who participated in City High’s Bike Club used Healthy Ride bikes to ride around during our lunch break. We started at either the Healthy Ride Station by the Gateway T Station or the one in Market Square and returned at the same station. Check out these 5 rides the students recommend!
This is a great beginner ride. It’s around 2 miles, and it’s all on riverfront trail or Penn Avenue’s protected bike lane. We also stopped by Cell Phone Disco Alley and the Water Cube. The Convention Center has a wide sidewalk down the middle with a cooling water feature.
It was a little over a mile to get to Allegheny Commons Park. Biking over the Fort Duquesne bridge took some getting used to with the incline. The streets on the North Side are all marked with sharrows and then you end up in this beautiful park! What’s better is that you’re close to Gus and Yia Yia’s shaved ice & The Children’s Museum Cloud Arbor in the Buhl Community Park.
Another relatively short but pleasant ride, Point State Park is a wonderful spot to with lots of shaded areas and benches for a picnic!
There are so many great things to bike by on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore! We would have lunch outside the Carnegie Science Center, or jump across the water steps, or cruise by PNC Park and Heinz Field. Sometimes we would bike through Point State Park and up the Fort Duquesne Bridge (shown on the route to Allegheny Commons above), other times we would take the Clemente Bridge over.
Bike to ice cream! Klavon’s is open during lunch hours! At a little over 4 miles round trip, you can bike most of the say on the Penn Avenue bike lane then either go to the alley (which is the route we took), or Smallman or Railroad Street for calmer traffic.