Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bikes, Kegs Ingredients for Fun Day

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bikes, Kegs Ingredients for Fun Day

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Be on the lookout today for 600 bicyclists, some of whom will be pulling kegs of Pedal Pale Ale.

They're scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. from the East End Brewing Company at its new location at 6850 Frankstown Ave. in the East End.

Where are they going? What alleys, avenues, boulevards, circles, drives, lanes, roads and streets will they use to get there? How far will they travel? When might they arrive?

It's all a secret, according to Bike Pittsburgh, the advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of bicyclists. Its goal is to make Pittsburgh "a safer and more enjoyable place to ride" for people of all ages and abilities.

The ride, which will progress at a "gentle" pace maintained by the pedal-power of the keg-pullers, will range in distance from 6 to 10 miles and arrive "likely between" noon and 1 p.m.

Suggestion: Keep the kegs in sight.

The keg-puller at the head of the pack, who paid $250 for that privilege, will enjoy the first glass of ale, said brewer Scott Smith.

The 600 riders who signed up online should arrive between 9:30- 10:30 a.m. to check in at the registration table and collect their drink coupon. The cost was $20 for "early birds" and $25 for "regular registrants."

Procrastinators are out of luck. Registration closed at 6 p.m. Friday. Those who volunteered to help assemble and direct 600 bicyclists are asked to report to the new brewery at 9 a.m. today.

Information: www.bike-pgh.org

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