September 2, 2020

Ambassador Ride: HCV’s Homewood to Downtown Commute

This year, our Ambassadors are using Ride Spot to create unique routes that can be used by daily commuters, first-time riders, and anyone in between. Learn more and start riding with us virtually!

The Homewood Children’s Village (HCV) team planned a commuter route from Homewood. The route provides a simple way for people to commute from Homewood to East Liberty, Shadyside, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, the Strip District and downtown. Whether you’re headed to work, running errands, or going to an appointment, this route can get you there.

The ride begins at the Healthy Ride station at N. Homewood Ave. and Finance Street. After starting with breakfast and coffee from the Everyday Cafe, commuters can head towards East Liberty via Hamilton Ave.

Drop your mail off at the Post Office on Broad St., and then continue on to pick up some things at Target or the East Liberty business district. Or maybe head to a service at East Liberty Presybeterian Church, or return books to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. There is a Healthy Ride station on the corner of Penn Ave. and Whitfield St. for convenience.

From Highland Ave., turn right onto Centre Ave. to pick up groceries at Whole Foods or the Market District. Commuters can ride into Shadyside or continue onto Liberty Ave. to head to Bloomfield. Ride up to West Penn Hospital or other shops along the business corridor.

Leaving Bloomfield the commute picks up pace as you head down Liberty Ave into the Strip District. Turn right on 34th St. to move from Liberty Ave. to Penn Ave, which is much more bike friendly.

Use the basket/rack on the front of the Healthy Ride bike to transport goods purchased at iconic Strip District businesses such as Pennsylvania Macaroni Company or Wholey’s Fish Market.

If your workplace is downtown, be sure to check out the “street art” by Jayla Patton along the reworked bike lanes in the Cultural District. If you’re a student or faculty member at Urban Pathways Charter School, you have arrived. If you work elsewhere downtown, there are numerous bike stations to dock your bike and end your commute. For our ride, we ended at the bike station at Wood St. and Sixth Ave.

After work, you can rent another Healthy Ride bike and head back, or you can take the bus back to Homewood along the Martin Luther King East Busway. And don’t forget, you can use your Port Authority Connect Card for unlimited 15-minute rides with Healthy Ride.

Check out HCV’s Homewood to Downtown Commute, and follow Healthy Ride on Ride Spot for more Ambassador rides!

Learn more about how we’re using Ride Spot to create virtual rides.

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