September 1, 2020

Parks Ride: Allegheny Commons

Allegheny Commons Park is a Pittsburgh favorite. Located in Pittsburgh’s Northside, Allegheny Commons is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors without having to leave the city. Established in 1867, Allegheny Commons is Pittsburgh’s oldest park, known for its shaded walking and bike paths, scenics Lake Elizabeth, adorable dog sightings, and hosts frequent events including the local Farmer’s Market through the year.

We recommend starting at the Healthy Ride station at Federal St & North Ave and head west along the central path through the park. You’ll want to use one of the crosswalks to cross Arch street and continue to George Washington’s statue sitting atop an island in the path.

Continue west to find Lake Elizabeth, a serene spot to read a book, but also a perfect place to do some loops on your bike. We personally enjoy crossing the bridge in the center and recommend stopping to snag a selfie.

Once you’ve had your fill, continue along the path to meet Ridge Ave and make a LEFT onto the Ridge Ave bike lane. Take another LEFT onto Allegheny Circle using the pedestrian signal to enter the cycle track along the interior of the circle. To the right you’ll see the Children’s Museum and spot some fun public art.

Once you’ve made it halfway around the Circle, make a LEFT onto East Ohio St following the bike lane. At Union Pl make a LEFT to re-enter the park. Follow the central path all the way up to the Northeast Fountain and the surrounding gardens, rebuilt in 2019. The elephant ear ferns are HUGE in the summer.

After the Fountain, you can either follow your original path back to the start for a little extra mileage, or follow the path west again to return to Federal St & North Ave.

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