Biking: Workshops have goal of giving riders confidence

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The goal of the CyclingSavvy Workshop Sept. 20-21 is to show road-riding bicyclists how to "ride with ease and confidence in places they might never have thought possible."

The three-part workshop will be conducted by Lyle Seaman of Point Breeze, a veteran road cyclist. He is a certified teacher of a nationally established curriculum that emphasizes safe cycling behavior. The cost is $75 for all three parts or $30 for one part.

"The rise in popularity of cycling within our region along with the establishment of a bike-sharing program next year means that an ever-increasing number of people of all ages and abilities will be on bikes on our roads and trails," said Sara Petyk of Squirrel Hill, president of the Steel Valley Trail Council.

"A proven program that effectively teaches knowledgeable cycling behaviors is critical to establishing Pittsburgh as a safe and bike-friendly city.

"The CyclingSavvy education program uses innovative and modern teaching techniques to effectively change the belief patterns and behaviors of cyclists," she said. Petyk, who owns and operates Bike the GAP, commutes by bike to her office in Oakland. She has registered for the workshop.

"The object of the [workshop] is not to turn people into road warriors," the CyclingSavvy website said. "Being a confident, competent cyclist has nothing to do with speed or bravado. You don't need either of those things to have access to the entire transportation grid.

"Even the most confident cyclists prefer to use quiet routes when feasible. In many cases, it is only an intimidating intersection or short stretch of busy road that hinders a cyclist's preferred route. The workshop is designed to show students simple strategies to eliminate such barriers."

"Truths and Techniques of Traffic Cycling" will be presented from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., Number 700, East End. "Pittsburgh Train Your Bike" will be held from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. next Saturday in Bakery Square's parking lot. A tour of Pittsburgh will begin at 2 p.m.

For information: https://floridabicycle.wufoo.com/forms/cyclingsavvy-pittsburgh-fall-2013/; www.Bike-the-GAP.com.

Gala Work Day

The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) will host a Gala Work Day beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Pike 1 Shelter at Deer Lakes Park. A Gala Work Day is a once-a-year construction/maintenance event and "lots of volunteers" are needed.

PTAG board member Jim Kapp said the work includes correcting drainage problems and cutting back overgrowth. He said volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts, sturdy boots and gloves. They also should bring water to carry with them to the work sites.

Refreshments, compliments of Rivertowne Brewery, will be served at 1 p.m. Dirty Harry's Bike Shop in Verona and Dirt Rag magazine are co-sponsoring the rain-or-shine event.

Kapp said Gala Work Days also are scheduled for Settlers Cabin Park beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 and at Hartwood Acres starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6.

For information: www.ptagtrails.org.

Trail counts

Volunteers also are needed to count bicyclists, walkers, joggers, runners, birders and fisher folk who pass by their location from 12:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Smithton, Connellsville and Rockwood trail heads of the Great Allegheny Passage.

It's easy work and volunteers will have an opportunity to meet an interesting mix of trail users. Take a lawn chair and a bottle or two of water.

Volunteers also are needed for another trail count from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 at the Smithton, Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Garrett, Meyersdale and Deal trail heads.

Contact Chad Crumrine at sca.crumrine@gmail.com or call 724-216-9160, ext. 317.

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Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.


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