Spring riding conditions report

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J Z
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@jamin When we passed, yesterday, the construction guys had a compressor directly on the trail for the jackhammer. Maybe they were working on drainage.


chrishent
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One for the last day of Spring, there are some metal plates across the road on southbound Liberty Ave in Bloomfield, right before the light at Baum Blvd. There’s a longitudinal gap between two plates, wide enough to swallow most skinny tires.


Ahlir
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Speaking of metal plate gaps, there was a really nasty one northbound on Highland just before the Penn intersection, yesterday. You’d probably need a fat-bike for that one.

How hard can it be to drive some spikes into the pavement to prevent shifting?

Then again, there’s those lawyers advertising down the right-hand side who might have solutions…


J Z
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7/22/15 8:15AM Second Avenue was/is closed between Bates St. and the flyover/Armstrong tunnel, apparently a truck lost its load and they’re in the process of cleaning it up. Traffic officer at Blvd of the Allies and Bates and traffic was heavy, there are also a pair of cars parked on the sidewalk (if you’re using it to bypass the traffic on the road) in front of that condemned property on Bates.


J Z
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8/14/15 8:15AM DPW is doing some work on EFT/Jail Trail between the Birmingham Bridge and Second Avenue parking lot, you may encounter a dump truck parked across the entire trail and a large front end loader that is clearing brush off the right side inbound. There were workers who waved me across when it was safe, be aware.


paulheckbert
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It’s Spring 2016 now; time to revive this thread.


paulheckbert
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While biking the Southside Trail today, Yale and I found a trailer blocking the (asphalt portion of the) trail at the end of S 2nd St. This was annoying, as it sent us and other cyclists through the loose gravel, which the asphalt was supposed to fix. I put a makeshift note on the trailer: “This trailer is blocking the trail; please move it.”

I’ve also asked Jeff McCauley at Friends of the Riverfront if he can get the trailer moved.


J Z
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3/22/16 14H00 Frick Park. Trails were tacky and fun. 1st singletrack of the season for me. Iron Grate, 276, Bradema. Thanks for whomever flagged that ramp on 276 due to the backside being broken. Lots of other riders out who had the same idea I did. Some good has to come out of a day when you have to take time off for medical stuff.


paulheckbert
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About that trailer on S. 2nd St, Jeffrey McCauley at FOR replied: “I have looked at the trailer and it has now moved out of the way. My guess is that you weren’t the only one to complain and that someone made a mistake when dropping it off and now it is fixed.” Can someone out on that trail check that the trailer is out of the way, please?


chrishent
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Today was awesome and there were lots of people out there riding. That is all.


Ahlir
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Yeah, the roadies are finally emerging from hibernation. It seemed like every other cyclist I passed this evening was kitted out, off the saddle and cranking away.


stefb
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North park single track is in great shape also. Great dirt out there


chrishent
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@ahlir, I think most of the people I saw yesterday were not roadies. Commuters, leisurers, and a few Healthy Riders.

Regarding actual road conditions, I went up 40th St in Lawrenceville, just for the hell of it (it’s very rare that I need to go through here). Man, that bike lane sucks right now. In desperate need of some street sweepin’. 311’d it.


Ahlir
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Ok, so today I saw just one. Tons of commuters though. Go figure. Maybe it was the forecast of rain…

Things do seem to be getting cleaned up, slowly. The Meadow St bridge over Negley Run, outbound, has been swept. Did I mention that cardinals have shown up?


Mikhail
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Today I saw a lot of kitted bicyclists but not in the city limits. :)


jonawebb
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J Z
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3/26/16 Pretty on the GAP today, no landslides or odd stuff out to Dravo Cemetery. Did have a nice burger, onion rings & beer @ Rich’s Parkside Den.


edronline
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Slightly off topic? Anyone know where to park by sci pgh to use the trail?

My wife has biked there from Millvale before (many times) and once when she was hanging on one of those side streets drinking her water bottle a prison guard told her she was loitering and to move.

Technically the two streets that go from Beaver to the trail are public but if a big dude with a gun tells you to get a move on…

Don’t want to risk parking there (yes, on a public Street) and getting towed.


paulheckbert
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Assuming you mean State Correctional Institution, @edronline, I see people park at the end of Westhall St regularly.


J Z
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3/28/16 8H15 Oakland to Dahntahn. zomg, HEADWIND. May want to pack a rain jacket/pants for later, weather looked all over the place on the way in.


Ahlir
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1) Once, while picking up an o-Rama Tag at the prison, I was waved over by a guard and asked to explain what I was doing there (I pretended I was just being curious, “gosh, officer…”). Pro tip: don’t be too obvious handling a camera thereabouts. Or otherwise seem to be dawdling. It may be a “public” street, but you should mind the “s.

2) I don’t quite understand how this is supposed to make sense, but today I has a headwind both coming into work and going back home…


StuInMcCandless
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Biking home yesterday around 6, the only spot that really gave me trouble was the West End Bridge. There, it was almost a straight side wind, and I was mighty glad I was on the sidewalk.

I considered back-tracking into the city and catching a bus ride, but once I got in among buildings, trees & hillsides, it was easier to handle, so I made it the whole way home.

But yeah, it did seem to be head-, side- & tailwind, changing every 20 seconds.


Ornoth
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I recall reading somewhere… Wind is only beneficial if it’s in a ~45° arc; that is, within ~23° of 180° relative (your six). So most of the time, wind will be perceived as detrimental.

And even on those rare occasions when the wind does blow favorably, rarely does one’s route proceed in a consistent direction for long before turning, placing the wind outside that magical arc.

Without even taking into account wind variability and the impact of terrain, and… Just how *does* anyone manage to control a bike with deep-dish wheels, anyways?


chrishent
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Got a message from 311 saying that the 40th St climbing lane had been swept. Confirmation?


Benzo
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@ornoth – very carfully.

I’ve ridden (my bike polo bike) with full wheel covers a few times when it was windy, the sail effect really messes with your handling. Could barely handle slow commuting speeds.


buffalo buffalo
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40th St absolutely has _not_ been swept. Definitely still has gravel in all the same spots.

Also, Millvale Ave south of the Bridge is being paved today. Road is closed from the north end of the bridge…which, btw, is also the first place you’ll be told it’s closed. Avoid.


RustyRed
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“Also, Millvale Ave south of the Bridge is being paved today.”

I read that it’s going to be closed for the next 80 days too.

The blurb that I saw said the work wouldn’t start until Monday, but hey, nobody needs to know these things.

“The Baum Boulevard Bridge (Route 380) between Melwood Avenue and Enfield Street in Pittsburgh will close for 80 days beginning Monday at 7 p.m.

All traffic will be detoured via Liberty Avenue, the Bloomfield Bridge and Bigelow Boulevard.

The closure is part of a $12.34 million project that includes replacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the road between the bridge and Morewood Avenue.”

EDIT: “Different bridges.” ooops.
So close to one another….


buffalo buffalo
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Different bridges.

Millvale Ave is being repaved (by the City) between Baum and its bridge over the Busway today (and between the bridge and Liberty later this year).

Baum is having the entire deck replaced (by the State) on its bridge over the Busway’s Neville Ave ramp this summer, starting Monday.


gimpPAC
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At least they didn’t lack the communication enough to make sure both of these things weren’t happening at once. That woulda been a nightmare. :P


StuInMcCandless
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I’m still waiting for the underpass on Federal/Sixth St by Lacock to become predictably open. It’s been shut down for some sort of major work for months. Occasionally they have a walkway open for pedestrians (and the occasional bicycle) to get through, but the last couple of weeks, even that has been blocked off. Of course, all the notice they give is the big generic orange sign for car traffic saying “road closed” and there is no way to know in advance that the walkway is shut down, too. You just have to commit to going that way and prepare to make a quick U-turn if you cannot get through.


Jason-PGH
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East End Riders – The City of Pittsburgh paving is in full swing! Hampton Street between Heths and King was repaved the other day (and is it mighty fine.)

From my observations on a bus ride into town today (87) –
-Milling is taking place on Negley Avenue from Stanton to Hampton.
-Graham is milled from Baum to Coral.
-Milling is taking place on Hays Street on the whole length.


paulheckbert
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I heard from Jeffrey McCauley at Friends of the Riverfront:

Re Eliza Furnace Trail: EFT will be closed a couple days in April so it can get repaved from Birmingham Bridge to Swinburne Parking lot and the resurfaced limestone jogging tracks.

Re Strip District Trail: Also starting in May the Strip District will be closing for five months while Buncher upgrades the trail. They will be closing the trail in sections and doing upgrades to 1-2 block sections at a time. We will work to have proper detours in place.


buffalo buffalo
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> “starting in May the Strip District will be closing for five months while Buncher upgrades the trail”

I…what? You’ve got to be kidding.

The last four months closure turned into two entire years.
(A) why should anyone believe the timeline this time?
(B) why wasn’t this work done then?


stefb
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Please post the exact days the jail trail will be paved if anyone hears. Likely it will just happen without warning.

So they got rid of the unintentional little ramp on Hampton, but I am glad it is paved.


J Z
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+1 on beta for EFT/Jail Trail paving. Unforeseen detour on the commute to work would not be optimal.


chrishent
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Spotted a few icy-looking corners downtown. Take it easy this morning


RustyRed
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“Spotted a few icy-looking corners downtown. Take it easy this morning”

I can attest to this:almost ate it on the brickwork crosswalk turning from Penn onto 6th at about 8:20.
I keep forgetting how slippery those damned things are.

Other than that, just a few patches of snow on bridgedecks and frozen puddles to watch out for.


J Z
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4/5/16 8H15 Oakland to Downtown. Crazy, there was trace snow around, including EFT/Jail Trail. Wood ramp had accumulated snow on it. Watch the shady areas, there actually was sporadic and trace ice. Not a problem if you are cognizant of your surroundings.


buffalo buffalo
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Butler inbound at Home (between 47th & 46th): watch for glass and other debris left behind after car/motorcycle collision tonight.

Also: outbound Butler at 46th, watch for huge pile of gravel along the right side of the intersection.


stefb
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Probably seen in another thread about road paving: 7th street from the north side end of the bridge to allegheny circle is scraped.

Also there is what appeared to be salt in the Penn ave bike lanes downtown?

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