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Tell me where to put bike racks in the Waterfront

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Vannevar

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May 17 2013 at 2:55pm #

Sara, from what I saw today there’s going to be a big increase in bicycles at the Waterfront. If you get any feedback from the Waterfront folks about that, anecdotes or dollar-value, if it’s anything you can share it would be real interesting to hear about.

It would be an interesting case study for other commercial developments. As in, the trail was opened on date X, and we saw effect Y. thanks, V.


Pierce

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May 17 2013 at 3:19pm #

“and he led me across the development behind the stores rather than on the main drag. ” +1

I now go through the Waterfront to and from work, and this is a good route during the day. Later at night, like 11pm, there’s less traffic and it’s not as bad either going on whatever road connects to the bike paths or going through the shopping center


buffalo buffalo

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May 17 2013 at 3:31pm #

(I realise this is a little off topic, but it didn’t seem worth a new thread, either…)

Perhaps this already exists and I don’t know where to look for it–but a public water fountain, especially one big enough to fill a bottle as well as take a drink from, would be fabulous. Was on a ride through there a couple weekends ago and realized my bottle was nearly empty… couldn’t think of where to fill up at, so ended up going to Steak ‘n’ Shake, in part because it was at the end of the development.

Fortunately I was with a friend who could stay outside with the bikes, so it didn’t matter there was nothing to lock to, but I ended up filling our water bottles in the bathroom sink…


Vannevar

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May 17 2013 at 4:21pm #

Bb, the McD soda fountains are self-serve and have a spout for just water.

But a scuttlebutt would be nice, and are generally a sign of civilization.


buffalo buffalo

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May 17 2013 at 5:02pm #

I’d thought the S&S would, too–turns out, if they have a fountain, it’s not self-serve, and there was a big line i didn’t feel like standing in at the take-out counter.

I’d rather drink from a bubbler than a butt, myself…


sarapgh2

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May 29 2013 at 9:04am #

You should see bike racks going up around Waterfront Shopping Center-owned property starting this week. We got about 25 swerve racks and 2 corrals (of 5 racks each) plus two air pumps. Waterfront folks have been amazing!

Let me know where you think we’re still missing some, once they go in. We have a few extra to place where we might have missed something.

Regarding amenities – there is a waterfountain in the roundabout between Unos and TGIFs, it’s just hard to find. It should be on, or will be very soon. It’s getting upgraded soon. Also, there are public bathrooms you can use in the Town Plaza area, just look to the side as you cross the ped bridge that goes over to Mitchells.

Thanks for all your help and suggestions!



jonawebb

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May 29 2013 at 9:12am #

Wow, congratulations on a great job, Sarah! Pumps, too! This makes a huge difference for folks pedaling up from the Southside — just in time for the GAP completion. The Waterfront folks are to be congratulated on their planning ahead.


Marko82

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May 29 2013 at 9:18am #

Great news!

Good to know about the fountain and bathrooms too – I’ve never noticed them before so I’ll have to go exploring the next time I’m down there.


Steven

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May 29 2013 at 11:19am #

Sounds great! Any plans for signs on the trail to direct people to the drinking fountain and bathrooms?


sarapgh2

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May 29 2013 at 12:33pm #

Steven. yes.


rsprake

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May 29 2013 at 2:35pm #

Racks are going in. The Steel Valley Trail Facebook page had photos from Best Buy, Rock Bottom, and a few others with new racks.


Mikhail

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May 29 2013 at 2:49pm #

Sarah,

This is a bump Yale was talking about:

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Mikhail

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May 29 2013 at 2:50pm #

Now some kind of bush went through. :)


Pierce

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May 29 2013 at 3:17pm #

On the note of utopia… they’ve essentially been clear-cutting along the riverside part of the trail, which I think is annoying because it would have been nice for shade/wind barrier

I also don’t know if the road is wide enough, but I’d like the bike trail to extend all the way, rather than cut back behind those condominiums on the limestone path and then kind of dump out into that parking lot kind of weirdly

People are already just sticking to the road, which I do on the way to Braddock, but have been taking the limestone on the way to work


Ahlir

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May 29 2013 at 6:23pm #

@Pierce: You need to get to the service road behind the mall.

From the west, the impatient way is to go straight up the ramp to the bridge intersection, do the pedestrian cross and go down the other side (on the sidewalk). Cross Amity (dodging traffic) and keep going more or less straight. You will eventually end up within sight of the Pump House.

The sensible way is to cut across the road from the Costco entrance to the megaplex parking lot, then continue past Macy’s and across Amity at the traffic lights.

From the east, reverse that last route.

Or, strike a blow for the cycling revolution and simply proceed down the main road, whilst taking the lane. Have some snappy retorts available. (No, I haven’t done this.)


Impala26

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Jun 2 2013 at 8:56pm #

A bit on an aside, but related to the trail as it goes through the Waterfront:

Are there any plans to re-do the river side of the main pedestrian bridge that basically links the “new” part of the trail with the older limestone portion by the riverside, the part between Mitchell’s Fish Market and the former Pittsburgh Burger Co (former Fuddruckers)? The ramp there seems to be very narrow and unnecessarily switchback-y, it’s honestly easier to cut through the vacant parking lot there than to stay on that path.

I was just curious if there were any plans, big or small, for that area. A minor annoyance, but one nonetheless…


Steven

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Jun 3 2013 at 12:07am #

See the previous thread. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long until the property sells and the trail folks can complete the connection through there, so people won’t be tempted to ride the wheelchair ramp for that pedestrian bridge on their bikes, thinking it’s the trail.


myddrin

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Jun 3 2013 at 7:56am #

I tried to help out a few people who were doing the W.A.R. as I passed by. They were clearly lost and confused, and I saw people going all sorts of ways.

[I wasn't participating but my ride coincided with their paths...as it did with the Arthritis walk...]


Marko82

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Jun 3 2013 at 8:12am #

myddrin wrote:They were clearly lost and confused, and I saw people going all sorts of ways.

A few spray painted arrows on the pavement would solve most of the confusion.


helen s

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Jun 3 2013 at 11:15am #

I am not a fan of public spray painting, be that tags or directions. If you must, at least use chalk, either in the hand or the spray form.

I am disappointed the bicycle marathon spectator directions were not chalk. Now they are just graffitti.


paulheckbert

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Jun 14 2013 at 3:20pm #

Some new bike racks were installed at the Waterfront. I photographed these yesterday:

One of the two bike racks on west side of AMC Loews theater at the Waterfront:

Starbucks:

It’s a good start, but I hope the demand continues to grow and we get many times this many bike racks.

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