Ride a bike and help change a life. You don't necessarily have to raise hundreds of dollars or ride super long distances to participate in charity bike rides. The greater Pittsburgh area offers a wide variety of charitable biking opportunties for everyone - from the weekend cyclist and families to the hard-core fitness or cycling enthusiast.
CHARITY BIKE RIDES
* Want to participate in a walk/run instead? Here are the 2014 Pittsburgh Charity Walks & Runs
Pittsburgh Tour de Cure
May 18, 2014
Dust off the bike and ride for diabetes at this annual biking event with distances for all abilities - 5 mile Family Fun Ride & Scenic Tour, 25-mile Fitness Test, 50-mile Training Ride and 100-mile Ultimate Challenge century. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. Held just north of Pittsburgh, beginning and ending at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony and winding through the scenic back roads of Western Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh W.A.R. Against Hunger
May 31, 2014
7.5 Mile Ride
Rainbow Kitchen is declaring W.A.R. against hunger! Walk and Ride Against Hunger is a 7.5 mile ride on the South Side Riverfront Trail, with proceeds benefiting Rainbow Kitchen Community Services.
MS 150 Escape to the Lake
June 7–8, 2014
One of the favorite, although longer, charity rides in the area, this 2-day, 150 mile trek from Zelienople (Butler County) to the picturesque shores of Lake Erie is sponsored by and benefits The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Overnight lodging is provided at Allegheny College. You can register as an individual or a team member and a minimum of $300 in pledges is requested for participation. Great volunteer support and food will get you through this challenge in style.
Keystone Country Ride
July 19–20, 2014
The second of the MS 150 rides in Western Pennsylvania, this Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored ride is a two-day scenic loop between Altoona/Hollidaysburg and State College, Pennsylvania. You can register as an individual or as a team member, with each cyclist agreeing to raise a minimum of $300 in pledges in order to participate. A beautiful and gratifying way to explore the back country roads of rural Pennsylvania.
August 24, 2014
This fun, educational bicycle tour of the neighborhoods and design landmarks that make Pittsburgh unique is operated by BikePGH to help raise funds for bike and pedestrian safety in Pittsburgh. A variety of course options through the streets of Pittsburgh mean that everyone can participate.
Cook Forest Ride for Life
September 20, 2014
A fun, fitness filled day for cyclists of all levels, this gently rolling 35-mile or 60-mile loop along the scenic Clarion River is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Cook Forest State Park while raising money to help win the battle against MS. Unlike the MS150 tours, this ride has a smaller minimum pledge requirement of $100 - in addition to the nonrefundable $25/$35 registration fee.