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Proceeds benefit the Major Force Youth Cycling Program.

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Rules of the Road when Riding with PMTCC

  • HELMETS ARE MANDANTORY (ANSI/SNELL APPROVED).
  • Ride SINGLE FILE when a car or truck is behind you.
  • Never ride more than two abreast, in accordance with PA law. Do not be a road hog, yield to riders trying to pass.
  • Stay as far to the right as safely possible, except when making a left turn, or when going straight at a right turn only lane.
  • Take a full lane when safety dictates. Pull off to let traffic pass when necessary.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so you know they have seen you.
  • Obey all traffic laws and signals. ALWAYS stop at stop signs. Your bicycle is legally considered a vehicle.
  • Do not ride before daylight or after dusk unless you have proper lights on your bike, in accordance with PA law.
  • If you stop for any reason, get completely off the road.
  • Always ride defensively. Be aware of other riders, vehicles and pedestrians near you. Never assume you know what they are going to do.
  • No personal sag vehicles allowed.

Rules for Riding in a Group

  • Be Predictable: Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Call out stops and changes in direction to other riders.
  • Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced cyclists do not have the bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a pack.
  • Pass on the left side only. Call out to riders you are about to pass, “On your left” or “Good morning”. NEVER pass on the right.
  • Communicate with your fellow riders using Ride Safe Language. Use traffic hand signals when appropriate.
  • Announce hazards. Alert others to road hazards by pointing down to left or right and by calling out “gravel, hole, tracks, etc.”.
  • Maintain control and speed of your bike, even going downhill.
  • Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist.
  • Courtesy is key! Be respectful of other riders and motorists. Help others when needed.

For more tips, view the League of American Bicyclist Group Riding Brochure.

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Click on the picture above for newspaper clippings about Major Taylor in the years 1897 to 1904.

Click here for The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh news clippings documenting Marshall W. “Major” Taylor.
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Click the photo above to see images from the Tri-State Tour, July 12, 2015. All proceeds benefited the PMTCC Major Force Youth Cycling Program

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Major Force – Introducing riding skills to youth twice weekly during summer 2015
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Tour de NOAA
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New Riders, John and Myriam with Mikhail
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Click on the image above for 145 more images from the 10th Anniversary Picnic and Ride!
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August 17, 2014 – Photos and videos from our 3-State ride are available on our Facebook page or download them here
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Chris leads a ride from the Jail Trail to OTB in North Park. 38 Miles. July 26, 2014
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2014 PMTCC First Inaugural Cyclofemme Ride
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On my May 11th, PMTCC organized and hosted its 1st Inaugural Cyclofemme Ride. Three ride routes were offered from 22, 40 and 50 miles riding to either Ben Avon, Sewickley and Ambridge. Cyclofemme, is an international socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes.  This ride was one of 299 rides registered in 248 cities, 42 states and 25 countries.  The ride was recently mentioned in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette by Larry Walsh.  We are very excited to have been able to organize this ride to celebrate women in cycling.  We thank everyone who came out to ride with us.


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^ Bike 101 4-6-2014. Thanks to Kelley for the photos. Click on the image above for a slide show. Or see more images on our Facebook page!
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^ April 2014 – first official ride of the season!
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^ Let the Riding Season Begin! 3-8-2014. Thanks to Mikhail for the photos – click on the image above for a slide show.
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^ Mikhail’s Christmas Party Photos
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^ The Semi Frozen Four enjoy the Light Up Night Ride

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^ Click on the photo for a slide show of rider images, 2013. Thanks to Mikhail for the great shots!

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^ Robin and Cheri ride to the NEW OTB at the Boat House in North Park –  Oct, 2013

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Check out old clippings of Major Taylor 1897 – 1904

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3 State Tour Slide show, clickee.

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^ The Sojourn Fundraiser ride, May 18, 2013

The Bike Bonanza Gang at the Homewood YMCA

^ The Bike Bonanza Gang at the Homewood YMCA

Century Riders from the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club

^ The Ohio Century Ride on Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2012. Can you name the riders?

^Crusing the three rivers, 9/2/12

Below, PMTCC goes to Mars… PA

 

Marshall W. Major Taylor (November 26, 1878 – June 21, 1932)
Major Taylor was an American cyclist who won the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship-after Canadian boxer George Dixon.