Our 1st annual Bike Tour and Block Party this past June was a success! NMRWA had 63 riders tour along the 9 mile bike tour route through the watershed on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. Riders up! -Bruce Woods and 9 other members of The Major Taylor Cycling Club supported the ride by marshalling everyone safely through intersections and busy streets. Karen Brooks, a board member of Bike Pittsburgh and longtime NMRWA member and watershed resident also coordinated the safety and logistics of the route. These expert bike riders truly kept us safe and riding smoothly through our urban watershed.
Along the route, various rainwater management initiatives that NMRWA has pioneered were showcased by our staff members, Jared and Sara. While visiting the Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project in Homewood, NMRWA’s first large-scale community green infrastructure development project, the group got to hear from the engineer, Barton Kirk of Ethos Collaborative. From Homewood, the tour was led through Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale, and Swisshelm Park. The route even looped through lower Frick Park to explore the Nine Mile Run stream restoration. The group was able to truly come full circle since the stream is the waterway where every drop of rainwater (and sometimes even sewage) flows to in the watershed.
The last stop was at a private residence to showcase at-home stormwater management possibilities, all designed and installed by Stormworks. The bike tour weaved all throughout the watershed and exposed the stormwater issues the neighborhoods are facing but also how NMRWA is working directly with the community to implement holistic stormwater management to improve the vitality of the urban environment and ultimately, the Nine Mile Run stream.
The bike tour arrived to the jammin’ block party around 3pm to be greeted with delicious Leona’s ice cream sandwiches, treats that are made right in the watershed community of Wilkinsburg! Riders were also able to cool down with fresh lemonade, provided by Biddle’s Escape. The upbeat tunes from the live music of Timbeleza filled the air as riders refueled with yummy pizzas from Proper Brick Oven and danced to the beat. Wigle Whiskey was handing out free tastes of whiskey made from scratch right down in the Strip District. Nate Levi, a watershed resident of Edgewood, also kept the party happy with free smiles and ice-cold beers from Green Flash Brewery. All in all, a sunny and fun Saturday afternoon. NMRWA thanks everyone that rode on the bike tour and enjoyed themselves at the block party!
See all of the Bike Tour & Block Party pics in our Facebook photo album.
The success of this event was made possible with support from: The Sprout Fund, Biddle’s Escape, WESA, WYEP, Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, Compass Self Storage, Kindred Cycles, FreeRide, HealthyRide, Bike Pittsburgh, Sci-Tek, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Michael Baker International, James Street Flower & Gift Shoppe, The Major Taylor Cycling Club, the Borough of Wilkinsburg.
Save the date to continue our 15th year celebration! Come and “Sip for the Stream” on Friday, September 30th from 6pm-9pm at Wigle Whiskey’s Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden on 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.