PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You may have noticed a lot more bicycles cruising around town Friday.
“I am so much happier when I ride into work, I feel energized, I feel awake, and all my morning grumpiness has all dissipated,” said Natalie Stewart with Healthy Ride.
It wasn’t just the health benefits that prompted people to leave their cars in park. Friday was National Bike To Work Day.
“Bike To Work Day is a celebration of people biking to work, for some people its their first time riding in and a lot of people its just a celebration of something they do everyday,” said Jane Kaminski with Bike Pittsburgh.
“It’s nice to come out and see, kind of have a little solidarity with other folks who are also biking to work and biking in general, its fun,” said Trevor Baker.
Bike Pittsburgh, an advocacy group, and Healthy Ride, which provides bike rentals, partnered to organize the event locally.
Healthy Ride even offered free rides on its 500 bikes at 50 stations throughout the city. Riders also were able to stop and grab breakfast at five pop-up commuter cafes set up in places like Market Square.
“When you’re biking through neighborhoods, when you’re biking in your community, it really connects people in a way that you wouldn’t connect if you were say, in a car,” said Kaminski.
“You see things you wouldn’t see otherwise, I notice buildings, I notice new developments, I visit with the North Shore trail geese on my way to work and occasionally a groundhog, you just see the city in a completely different way,” said Stewart.