Wait! It’s still biking season. If you’re not used to biking in the cooler temperatures, don’t let the fear of the cold deter you, fall biking is fantastic. Fall is the best time to bike because you get all the benefits of a fun, healthy bike ride without any of the sweat! Our recommendation: throw on a scarf, keep your gloves on hand (pun intended), and keep on riding. Layering is best because you’re inevitably going to want to over-bundle yourself in preparation for cold temps, but once you get moving, you’ll be surprised by how warm you are.
In celebration of one of our most favorite biking seasons, here’s a list of rides that will you get you in the Autumn mood.
Closest Station: North Shore Trail at Ft Duquesne Blvd
The leaves are FINALLY turning! It’s the perfect time to ride through winding trails along the North Shore. Make it a romantic ride and invite a snuggly cutie to join you. Start at North Shore Trail station and head north to the former Jail and loop back, or head southeast into Millvale for a quick cup of coffee and back.
Closest Station: See Map
Biking to the farmer’s market is the perfect fall activity. Our baskets can carry a awful lot of groceries, so pick up your pumpkins for some homemade pie, squashes for soup, and beets for salads. Check out this list for the ultimate Pittsburgh Farmers Market guide. Some have already closed for the year, but plenty run through November.
Closest Station: See map – we have plenty close by
Sometimes during Fall we want to head home early and snuggle up with a good book. Bike with your bookworm friends to your local library for a story that will engross you through the cool dark Autumn evenings. Fun fact: There’s a Healthy Ride station near almost every Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh including Oakland, Homewood, East Liberty, Northside, Downtown, Southside, the Hill District, and Lawrenceville.
Closest Station: Penn And 39th
Fall makes us think of apple cider, but how about hard cider? Bike to Arsenal Cider house to imbibe in locally crafted hard cider, fruit wines, and meade. Remember to plan a responsible ride home, especially if you plan on making this a longer stay.
Closest Station: Frew St & Schenley Dr
This weekend is your last chance to catch the Fall Flower Show: Celebrate 125 years of Wonder, which runs through Nov. 4th. While you’re there, be sure to get lost in the magical miniature world of the Garden Railroad.
Closest Station: W General Robinson Blvd & Chuck Noll Way
What’s more fall in Pittsburgh than football? Nothing. Bundle up in your warmest Steelers gear and bike over to the field. The pregame bike ride should keep you warm at least until half time. Best of all there’s a brand new Healthy Ride station close to Heinz Field. Don’t get stuck paying $20+ to park in an unexciting garage, enjoy the journey, save money, and burn off that impending Bud Light.