Bike to Work Day encourages sustainable commuting

The rain held off until the afternoon on Bike to Work Day — May 17 — and exited before most people would have been heading home.

Dozens of cyclists rode into Schenley Plaza, where a pop-up Commuter Café from 7 to 10 a.m. featured information from Pitt’s Parking, Transportation and Services and police department, Staff Council and representatives from the Bike Cave. Additionally, BikePGH, Healthy Ride, UPMC and PennDOT were on hand with resources and information for riders.

Aurora Sharrard, director of the University Office of Sustainability, told @Pitt that Pittsburgh’s commuter biking population has doubled since 2009.

For more on Bike to Work Day, go to @Pitt.

  • Two people in front of Cathedral
    Angie Urban, who graduated from the Swanson School of Engineering in April, greets Michael Yoder, a Carnegie Mellon University grad student in computer science, on Bike to Work Day, May 17. Urban works at Pitt's Bike Cave at Posvar Hall. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Rider in bike lane
    Stacie Truszkowski, an administrative assistant who supports faculty members at the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the School of Medicine, has biked across the country for Race Across America.(Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Two people holding bikes
    Two participants in Bike to Work Day compare notes. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sign for Pitt Surplus
    If you want to join the biking community, Pitt Surplus Property has some used bikes for low prices. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • silhouette of man in bike helmet
    Patrick Hughes, assistant director of the Asian Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies, visited the pop-up Commuter Cafe in Schenley Plaza on Bike to Work Day. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Rep. Dan Frankel talks to constituents
    State Rep. Dan Frankel (center), who represents most of Oakland, was on hand for the pop-up event May 17 at Schenley Plaza. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)