2 Days On 2 Wheels Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known as the city of bridges, is starting to be known as a city with a growing bike network! With hilly topography, narrow streets and 90 distinct neighborhoods, Pittsburgh offers an unforgettable experience for the bicycling visitor. The implementation of the Bike(+) Plan introduced 50 new miles of bikeways, including “neighborways” — traffic-calmed streets that take advantage of Pittsburgh’s compact infrastructure. Our 2 Days on 2 Wheels adventure takes us through new and existing bike infrastructure throughout the Steel City.
Keep an eye out for the iconic bridges.
The Riverfront Trail is a paved, car-free route that extends from Downtown all the way to the Strip District, with beautiful views along the way. Take in the sights of iconic bridges and stop for a bite to eat in the Strip.
We found the cutest coffee shop, what will you find in the Strip District?
Once home to mills and factories, the Strip District is now a site of shopping, tech startups and food vendors. Grab your quintessential Pittsburgh memorabilia, snag a biscotti at Enrico’s and catch Lucy selling banh mi under her tent in the warmer months.
More comfortable cruising along the water, we love it!
After filling up on pierogies in the Strip, cross over the 16th Street bridge to the North Shore Trail, another paved, car-free route used by recreational riders and commuters alike.
A great stop for any lovers of art.
Hop off the North Shore Trail to stop at the Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol was a leading figure in the pop art movement — and a Pittsburgh local! This seven-floor museum is dedicated to Warhol’s life and work, and also offers printmaking classes for adults and youth. After taking in the iconic prints, head over to the Northside via the protected bike lanes around Allegheny Commons and grab a tasty burrito at El Burro.
May we suggest the carne asada fries?
So much to see, what can you spot?
Just a few blocks away from El Burro is the Instagram-worthy museum Randyland. Created by Randy Gilson, this free art museum is a celebration of color and found materials.
Don't get thrown off by the name. A home to mattresses no longer.
Further down the street from Randyland is the Mattress Factory. Once an actual mattress factory, this museum houses works from local and international artists. Check out Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms.
So many bikes, so little time.
After taking the neighborway on Pennsylvania Ave. through the Northside, you’ll reach the pearly gates of Bicycle Heaven. A sublime experience for any bicycle enthusiast, you’ll find iconic bikes from movies, TV and history here in the world’s largest bicycle museum.
See yourself in a Stegosaurus.
Hop back onto the neighborway and take the protected bike lane around Allegheny Commons until you cross the Roberto Clemente bridge, named after the famous Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player. Covering relatively few square miles, Pittsburgh’s Downtown has a lot to offer in a small area. The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Market Square and Point State Park, as well as several theaters, are all within easy biking distance. Cruise in the protected bike lane on Penn Ave. and end your day with a cool horchata at Condado Tacos.
Who can go wrong with horchata and queso?
Thank you for joining us for day 1 in Pittsburgh! What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments and we will see you on day 2!