Written by 2015-2016 Executive Public Ally / 2014-2015 Public Ally, Samone Riddle
Original post April 5, 2016 on HealthyRidePGH.com

Allow me to introduce myself, I?m Samone, a recent addition to the Pittsburgh Bike Share team. While I?ve been doing graphic design for Pittsburgh Bike Share since their soft launch in May 2015, I?m now a part of the team as an AmeriCorps Public Ally.

Before this job, the only thing that got me on two wheels in the city was if they came with a 750cc engine. Now that I?m doing communications and design for Healthy Ride I decided it was time I get a lot more familiar with biking, bike commuting, bike routes and bike share. For my last three months in this position I?m taking a new Healthy Ride trip each week and reporting it back to you. Where do people go on bikes? What do they do? What do they wear? Who?s biking? Got any answers?

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Bike route tracked with Strava.

To start off my new biking endeavours I hired a bike with a fantastic bike rental company (check out Peddling Pelican Cruiser here!). I really enjoyed that ride and it made me want to go cycling again. I took it very slow and steady but I still had lots of fun. I then went on a group ride with the bike share staff. Initially, it was daunting, but just like anything new, you get used to it. So whether someone decides to buy an eddie bauer bike, for example, to take up bike riding or someone else has had a Santa Cruz bike for a number of years, anyone can join groups like this. At the end of the day, it’s about staying healthy as well as having fun.
There were only four of us, but it was incredible. We started at the Healthy Ride office then crossed the 40th Street bridge, which led us to an opening on the North Shore trail. From there we biked along the trail to a gorgeous view of the city from Pittsburgh?s North Shore. We passed PNC Park and Heinz field then got a glimpse into the glorious Three Rivers Casino. Do people bike to casinos? I guess so, I just did.

My friend loves the Three Rivers Casino and those that are similar to it, and would quite frankly do anything to get there. There isn’t a day that goes by when he’s not telling me about all of the money he’s just won on the online versions of slot and card games. Blackjack, and roulette too. In fact, he’s been thinking about looking at the 918kiss register process and whether the games on this site take his fancy too. I’m sure they will because he’ll never turn down the opportunity to earn some extra cash. To be honest, I’m surprised he hasn’t moved closer to this particular casino or moved to somewhere like Las Vegas where they’re all around him. Although there is plenty of time for that yet, and he’ll just have to make do with the options that are closer to home for the time being.

Sarah, Field Service Rep, on the North Shore Trail.

This was a great route to start with. Crossing the 40th street bridge was initially sort-of terrifying but there really is safety in numbers. The trails were fairly flat and the views of Pittsburgh were ?burgh-iful. I found I was noticing my surroundings more than I would have if I was driving or even walking. Even though I?m a novice rider, I was able to keep up! If you?re looking to get started biking, try this route with friends, or a biking group. Best of all, if you don?t have a bike, we?ll share one with you.

I?ll be biking through the rest of my term, providing you with route suggestions, places to go and slightly blurry mid-pedaling pics. Next up: more trails!

Follow Samone?s trips on the Healthy Ride blog, Facebook, Twitter & Insta for route tips, life-hacks and bike-hacks.