Pittsburgh Happenings

Pedal On, Pedal On
Modeled after bike share systems in Boston, Denver and Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh will soon have a citywide bike share system in place. Five hundred bikes will be available for visitors, residents and business people to use for short-term use. The bikes will be used for “point-to-point” trips and can lock into any of the 50 solar-powered stations planned throughout the city. The 500 bikes are designed to be sturdy, vandal-proof and with safety in mind. The bike share is intended to enhance mobility within the city, promote tourism, and provide a fun and healthy way to visit the city’s diverse and exciting neighborhoods.

Goin’ to Nashville
Southwest Airlines added a new daily nonstop destination at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Beginning Sunday, Sept. 29, travelers will be able to fly nonstop from Pittsburgh to Nashville, Tenn. The flight will depart PIT at 8:20 a.m. and arrive at Nashville at 8:50. The return departure from Nashville leaves at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in PIT at 7:55 p.m., except Saturdays. On Saturdays, the flight departs from PIT at 12:55 p.m. with a return departure from Nashville at noon. Flights can already be booked at southwest.com.

Fairmont Pittsburgh ‘Greenest’ of Them All
Fairmont Pittsburgh has been named Fairmont Hotel & Resorts 2012 Environmental Hotel of the Year. The award recognizes Fairmont properties around the world for outstanding commitment to the Green Partnership Program, a Fairmont environmental stewardship program. “The colleagues of Fairmont Pittsburgh have an obvious enthusiasm for environmental stewardship,” said Sarah Dayboll, Fairmont’s director of environmental affairs. “Their outstanding efforts regarding energy and carbon reduction, water conservation, waste minimization and environmentally focused local community partnership are a natural representation of our Green Partnership Program.

Pittsburgh’s Newest Attraction
Bird watchers take note: Two pairs of bald eagles have built nests in high-traffic areas near downtown Pittsburgh. And, the nesting rituals of the birds are fast becoming one of the region’s newest tourist attractions, according to published reports. The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania says there are frequently crowds watching the pair above the Allegheny River. And, the society even organized an outing to watch the birds – more than 200 people showed up to spy them through binoculars and viewing scopes.

2013 NCAA 'Men’s Frozen Four'
There’s no spring thaw with the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four taking place in Pittsburgh in April. All eyes are on center ice for the culmination of the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championships. The 2013 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four – the semifinals and national championship – take place at the CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The highest level of competition in college hockey skates into the ‘Burgh, April 11.13.

Bragging Rights
TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest travel website, ranked PNC Park – home to the Pittsburgh Pirates – as the best ballpark in America.