Bike to Campus Week
The annual Bike to Campus Week brings together local bike organizations, folks new to biking, experienced bicyclists, and bike educators for a week of activities that highlight the many benefits that make biking fun and enjoyable! It is a time to celebrate our bicycling community and promote biking as a sustainable, active commuting opportunity and recreational activity.
Bike to Campus Week 2022 kicks off on Monday, September 12th at the William Pitt Union Plaza with the Bike Festival! Take a POGOH bike for a ride, learn about our friends at Friends of the Riverfront and their dedication to protecting and restoring the riverfront, visit the Pitt Bike Cave at their pop-up repair shop, pick up some used bike gear at Thirftsburgh’s gear swap, or chat with Pitt Mobility about commuting by bike in Pittsburgh!
The rest of the week is filled with bike classes, a bike-focused career panel, a bike repair pop-up, a bike light giveaway, virtual bike webinars, and an info session on riding the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail which goes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland!
2022 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Monday, September 12
Bike Festival – Bike to Campus Week 2022 will kick off at the William Pitt Union Plaza with the Bike Festival! Join us to learn about all the great ways to bike at Pitt! Meet Pitt Mobility, the Pitt Bike Cave, LAGOS (Latin American Graduate Organization of Students), Thriftsburgh, BikePGH, POGOH, Pitt Police, Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy, and Friends of the Riverfront.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: William Pitt Union Plaza (Fifth Avenue)
- Tuesday, September 13
Bicycle Career Panel - Join us for this event to hear from Sara Khalil (Director of Operations at Bike Share Pittsburgh, POGOH), Sean Stephens (Project Engineer, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh) and Lou Fineberg (National Advocacy Accounts Manager, Dero).
When: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: William Pitt Union Room 548
Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Bicycle - Are you interested in buying a new or used bicycle but not sure where to start? Maybe your current bike is not as comfortable as you would like or you're not sure it's the right type of bicycle for you. Join Pitt's Mobility Specialist, Corey Robinson for a virtual info session and learn everything you need to know when choosing a bicycle and tips to make your current bicycle more comfortable to ride!
When: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual (Register for the Event)
BikePGH “Operation Illumination” at Pitt - Operation Illumination is BikePGH’s initiative to install front and rear bicycle light sets for riders with unlit bikes! All unlit cyclists who pass by their pop-up will go home with a bicycle light set and bike safety resources.
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Forbes Avenue bike lane in front of Schenley Plaza
- Wednesday, September 14
GAP Trail Information Session w/ Jason Graham, Bike Cave Attendant - The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile non-motorized path that soars over valleys, snakes around mountains, and follows three different rivers between Pittsburgh, PA and Cumberland, MD! The GAP can be biked in many different forms from a simple day trip to overnight camping to multiple days of biking. Visit the Pitt Bike Cave to learn about the different ways you can bike the GAP trail and how easy it is to get there from campus!
When: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Pitt Bike Cave
BikePGH Confident City Cycling Bike Class - BikePGH’s confident city cycling class provides all the skills and knowledge on how to safely ride on Pittsburgh’s streets. This on-the-bike class will cover basic and advanced cycling skills, best practices for solo and group riding, and includes a culminating group ride around Oakland that utilizes the best of local bicycle infrastructure! Instructors will also be on-hand to answer your questions about biking to campus or anywhere else in Pittsburgh.
When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Pitt Bike Cave (Registration Form)
- Thursday, September 15
Pitt Farmers Market – Find the Pitt Bike Cave at the Pitt Farmers Market for a quick bike tune-up or repair at their pop-up repair shop!
When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: William Pitt Union Plaza
Pitt / CMU hosted Confident City Cycling Bike Class – The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University will co-host a Confident City Cycling bike class. The class will be taught by certified instructors and is open to all university students, faculty, and staff at both Pitt and CMU. Registration is required and all participants must wear a helmet and know how to ride a bicycle.
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Pitt Bike Cave (Registration Form)
- Friday, September 16
(PARK)ing Day: Bicycle Drills Course – Practice bike handling skills that will help you to start and stop with confidence, keep you riding in a straight line, make scanning for traffic easier, and more! Come and go as you like for this on-demand bike class. Helmets are required to participate.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: RA lot next to Ruskin Hall (Registration Form)
Bike Cave Hosted Group Ride w/ LAGOS - Join the Pitt Bike Cave and LAGOS (Latin American Graduate Organization of Students) on a 4-mile group ride to Highland Park (8 miles round trip)! Group riding is a great way to learn how to navigate the streets by bike and gain confidence through experience. The group ride is open to everyone from beginner bicyclists to experienced bicyclists. The ride will be split into two groups, one for folks who want to ride fast and one for folks that want to take it slow. Helmets, bike lights, and reflective or bright clothes are strongly recommended.
When: Bike Cave at 6 p.m. – We recommend arriving at 5:30 p.m. to check out the Pitt Bike Cave and air up your tires!
Starting Location: Pitt Bike Cave
Route: View on Google Maps
Pitt’s celebration of our bicycling community started in May 2017 and 2018 with Bike to Work Day, a national event that promotes bikes as a commuting option for workers across the country. Pitt’s celebration brought together bicycle commuters from across Pittsburgh for breakfast and coffee, bike giveaways, free bike safety checks, a Port Authority bus bike rack demonstration, and more! Bike to Work Day is still celebrated each year.
The following year, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and BikePGH established Bike to Campus Day to celebrate students, faculty, and staff who commute to campus by bike – hosted in September after students returned to campus! Events and activities were planned at the three universities and promoted by our partner BikePGH.
In 2020, the Bike to Campus Week celebration became established, holding events virtually due to the pandemic. Activities included online sessions with bike experts and bike commuters focused on equipping new riders, insights on local bike routes, what to look for when buying a bike, and group ride opportunities.
Bike to Campus Week 2021 was the biggest thus far, as in-person events returned to campus. Highlights of the week’s events included the first Bike to Campus Week Festival featuring campus and local bike organizations, a Friday afternoon social ride hosted by the Pitt Bike Cave and Latin American Graduate Organization of Students (LAGOS), and Chancellor Gallagher and Provost Cudd taking to the street for a bike ride through Oakland!