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Public Art Pedal Along Pittsburgh's North Side to Coincide with BikeFest

To coincide with Bike Pittsburgh’s BikeFest, the Office of Public Art is hosting the Public Art Pedal along the North Side.

This 10-mile roundtrip bicycle outing will go from Pittsburgh’s North Shore to Millvale along the Allegheny Riverfront Trail.

Renee Piechocki, director of the Office of Public Art, said the scenery adds to the artistic experience of the tour.

“We are such a lucky city to have such great waterfront access, and so if you can combine biking, being by the water and seeing good art, I think it’s a nice combination,” she said.

Riders will meet next to the Carnegie Science Center to view the Langley Observatory Clock, a sculpture by artist R.M. Fisher. Next, cyclists will stop at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale to get a tour of the Maxo Vanka murals.

Piechocki said the ride is a way to get cyclists involved in the art world.

“Half of our mission is educational programs about public art in the region,” she said. “And we have been trying to think very creatively over the last couple of years on how to get more people involved in looking at public art and learning about the great public art that’s in our region.”

Riders can register online in advance for $7 or sign-up on-site for $10.

Piechocki said she is expecting anywhere from 20 to 40 people to attend the Public Art Pedal, which goes from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is expected to happen rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather.

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