The goal of Bike Fresh, Bike Local June 2 is to enjoy a fun day supporting local food and the farmers who provide it.
The event offers a choice of three fully supported scenic, rural road rides with detailed cue sheets and well-stocked rest stops at farms in Allegheny County.
And participants will be treated afterwards to a local foods lunch from Whole Foods Market and craft beer and root beer from North Country Brewing.
You shouldn't go home hungry or thirsty.
"We're offering three different route options to make this the perfect ride for those who haven't been on their bikes in a while to cyclists looking for a challenge," said Leah Smith, member services manager for the western region of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
Smith said the goal of the association, "one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the country," is "to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment."
She urged bicyclists to encourage family, friends and co-workers to join them on a 25-mile, 50-mile or 75-mile ride "to appreciate the beautiful rolling hills of Allegheny County and see where our food comes from."
All cycling routes will begin and end at the ice rink on Pearce Mill Road in North Park. The 75-mile riders will get on the road at 7 a.m., the 50-milers at 8 a.m. and the 25-milers at 10:30 a.m.
Online pre-registration will be available through May 30. The $40 fee goes up to $45 for those who sign up June 2. Proceeds support PASA's work in Western Pennsylvania on behalf of family farms.
"PASA also gratefully welcomes additional donations," Smith said. The fundraising event has raised more than $130,000 in the past five years.
The East End Food Co-op and the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen also are co-sponsoring the ride.
If you can't participate in this event, PASA is holding two more rides -- August 4 in Centre County and Sept. 22 in Chester County.
Information at www.pasafarming.org.
To make sure biking and walking accessibility and programming get priority attention in Pittsburgh's 25-year comprehensive plan for parks, recreation and open space, attend the public meetings from 6 -8 p.m. Tuesday at the ice rink along Overlook Drive in Schenley Park and/or from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Propel North Side (the former Columbus Middle School), 1750 Brighton Road.
Information at Andrew Dash, firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-255-0760.
Ride of Silence
A 10-mile Ride of Silence "to honor people injured and killed while riding bikes, to raise awareness of people using bikes on city streets, to demonstrate responsible road-sharing and to show that bicyclists are a powerful constituent group that is growing in numbers" will be held from 6- 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Bicyclists will meet at the dinosaur at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive in Oakland, listen to stories from victims and families about why the movement for safe streets is important and then begin to ride "at a slow pace and remain silent during the ride."
Participants are asked to wear black arm bands, red if they have experienced a bike/motor vehicle crash. Helmets and lights are mandatory.
Pedal for Pints
Dan Yablonsky of Bike Pittsburgh said the Pedal for Pints program, sponsored by the OTB (Over The Bar) Bicycle Café on the South Side, will give riders a free drink when they reach the 250-, 500-, 1,500-, 2,500- and 5,000-point levels during the National Bike Challenge.
Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.