PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many Pittsburghers hit the road today on two wheels for “Bike to Work Day.”
More than 500 people were expected to participate in the national cycling day locally, according to BikePGH.
The stand in Market Square is one of 12 hydration stations all around town.
Bikers say taking two wheels to work has plenty of pay offs other than skipping rush hour traffic, avoiding parking costs and cutting gas costs.
“It’s a lot of fun and you get to clear your head on the way to and from work, there are health benefits, there are air quality benefits, the list just goes on and on and on,” said Scott Bricker, the executive director of BikePGH.
Thousands of people took part in Bike to Work Day, many stopped by the hydration stations.
The station on Forbes Avenue at the main entrance to Duquesne University was busy.
Dave Lampe, a professor of biology, has been riding his bike to work for two years. He travels 12 miles one way.
He says he was happy to participate in the event, especially to raise awareness.
“We’re just trying to get people to realize that it is possible to commute to work by bike, it’s affordable, it’s enjoyable and it can be safe if you take the right precautions,” says Lampe.
Other bikers who leave the car at home every day despite the rain, cold and snow were thrilled to have some extra company out on the roads.
“It’s probably one of the best things you can have in promoting a clean city, sustainable; and I guess as more bikers come on, people will get more used to dealing with bikers on the road and maybe it will be a better cohesion,” said Brad Macaulay, of Lawrenceville.
BikePGH is using this Bike to Work Day as its launch into Car-Free Fridays.
The group is encouraging people to try out traveling by bike to work at least one day a week.