The ninth annual Keg Ride is scheduled to roll out of the East End Brewing Company at 11 a.m. today to raise money for In Stride Therapeutic Riding and Bike Pittsburgh.
Those riders who already have registered will follow "a few kegs" to "a mystery destination some place in Pittsburgh that has ordered some beer," according to the company's website.
"The trip will be slow, meandering and maybe a little surprising -- especially the secret destination," it said.
Total distance? Between 6 to 10 miles.
Time of arrival? Between noon and 1 p.m.
The brewery encouraged cyclists to arrive by 9:30 and "come hungry" because the PGH Taco Truck will be on site at the company's new location at 147 Julius Street -- between Frankstown and Hamilton avenues -- in Larimer.
The purpose of the ride, according to the website, is to "spread the word about what it means to operate an environmentally sustainable brewery" and do so "by delivering the very first Pedal Pale Ale kegs of the season to a local tap-spot in a very unique way -- by bicycle."
The first beer will be on the house and served in a souvenir pint glass that can be taken home.
Riders paid $20 (early birds), $25 (regular) and more for the "honor" of pulling one of the kegs.
The Bike to Feed Families Cycling Food Drive May 11 is a 10-mile round-trip ride for cyclists of all abilities from the Pump House at 880 East Waterfront Drive in Homestead to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at 1 North Linden St. in Duquesne.
The most-needed items include high fiber cereal, rice, canned beans, canned tuna and salmon in water, canned vegetables, diapers and toilet paper. Fresh garden vegetables also are welcome. No glass containers, please.
Organizer Amy Camp encourages cyclists to hold office food drives to increase the number of families that can be helped.
Cyclists will carry food on their backs, their panniers (saddlebags, if you will) and in trailers attached to their bikes.
A nine-member Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) volunteer crew worked on the Wave Pool Loop Sunday at Boyce Park.
Jim Kapp, PTAG's Boyce Park volunteer steward, reports that two trails outside the park boundaries were rerouted to be inside the park.
"The new trails were designed by I.M.B.A. [International Mountain Bike Association] standards to be sustainable and resist erosion," Kapp said.
"PTAG and the Allegheny County Parks Department request that all dog- walkers, hikers, bikers, birders and equestrians use the new trails and do not deconstruct the closure of the old trails."
Frick Park warning
Whenever possible, it is best to ride, run and walk with at least one other person, especially in city, county, state and federal parks.
A homeless person attacked a mountain biker on the Iron Grate Trail in Frick Park, according to a warning posted April 19 on PTAG's website.
A representative of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who notified PTAG about the assault, said police were notified.
Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.