How to Ride a Bike in Pittsburgh: 10

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm

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Coast down a smooth Squirrel Hill turning-lane as you race for the intersection, because this time you will pass beneath a green light without stopping. Pedal fiercely as the green left-turn arrow switches yellow, then red; watch heavy-hearted as the main light turns yellow as well, but keep pumping, because it’s too late to brake; stand up on your pedals and push with all your might, so that the wheels whir over the fresh white crosswalk, drivers’ eyes bore into your back and shoulder and face, but never mind, because you’re halfway across when the light officially turns red, which leaves you four or five seconds to reach the opposite side – and only as you fly pass the sidewalk do you hear the engines groan, the cars rolling into motion, behind you.


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