'Soldier Ride Pittsburgh 2014' hits the streets today
June 27, 2014 8:13 AM
Some of the members of the "2013 Soldier Ride" make their way across the Roberto Clemente Bridge toward Downtown Pittsburgh on their first ride last year. This year's ride, again organized by the Wounded Warrior Project, kicks off today.
By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Soldier Ride Pittsburgh 2014," an activity of Wounded Warrior Project, will hit the streets today, causing traffic and transit restrictions.
The cycling event, with a Pittsburgh police escort, will start at the lower parking lot of the Duquesne Incline at about 9 a.m. and will use these streets: Station Square Drive, East Carson Street, the Smithfield Street Bridge, Fort Pitt Boulevard, Stanwix Street, Fort Duquesne Boulevard, the Andy Warhol Bridge, Lacock and Reedsdale streets, Allegheny Avenue and North Shore Drive, Mazeroski Way and West General Robinson Street, Federal Street and the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Upon re-entering Downtown, participants will continue via Sixth Street, Liberty Avenue, Wood Street, Fort Pitt Boulevard, the Smithfield Street Bridge, West Carson Street, the West End Circle and West End Bridge, North Shore exit ramps, Casino Drive, then continue back through the North Shore and Downtown before finally crossing the Smithfield Street Bridge to a right onto Station Square Drive, using the western section of the drive to return to the Duquesne Incline lower parking lot.
The ride is expected to end around 12:30 p.m. Port Authority expects buses on several routes to be delayed during the event.
The ride aims to give veterans who have suffered physical or mental injury during their service an opportunity to gain confidence and meet others with similar challenges.
The Wounded Warrior Project provides participants with helmets and bicycles, tailoring equipment to fit the physical needs of each veteran.
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