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Tell me where to put bike racks in the Waterfront

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edmonds59

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Jun 6 2014 at 5:49am #

Uggh, hall monitors.


Benzo

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Jun 6 2014 at 7:48am #

Man, would I love a path that took me straight under the homestead grays bridge and connected to the street that runs behind the giant strip of stores and connected back up with the trail before the rankin bridge. That would be awesome.

I guess W bridge St, cross amity, swing behind the strip isn’t a terrible route If I wanted to do that, but I’m sure a trail could be done. It would help if there was a traffic light at w bridge st to make it easier to cross 4 lanes of two way traffic.


Ahlir

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Jun 6 2014 at 11:15am #

The current state of things, coming from W Bridge, is not too bad. Swing around Macy’s and continue. The lights at Amity and the street that fronts the mall are pretty benign. Cross and go across a not-very-busy parking lot and you’re there.

Now, lights at the other end (past the Lowe’s) would really be nice.
And some sharrows on the back road.


cowchip

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Jun 7 2014 at 11:12pm #

I think the bike lane should continue all the way through the waterfront ,8th ave has room too , I never use the MUP . i stay in the right lane and cut behind costco through gas pump


Benzo

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Jun 8 2014 at 11:20am #

I find the MUP behind the restaurants a nice option, but there are lots of pedestrians, the path is not paved and gets soft/puddly in wet weather and winter. This was especially bad when some heavy machinery was driven on the path this winter/spring and created deep impressions in the crushed limestone surface. This is fine on a cross bike or hybrid with fatter tires, but sucks on a road bike with skinny tires.

I’m much more apt to take the paved way, which I tend to do via waterfront dr, but the highway like orientation of that street is a real turn off. Wish there was a better connector around the waterfront.


Marko82

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Jun 8 2014 at 12:33pm #

Not sure why, but there was a survey crew measuring the road frontage in front of Costco earlier today. I also tempted the rath of the hall-monitor by riding through the gas pump area – the attendant didnt say anything as I waved and went past.


Vannevar

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Jun 8 2014 at 3:17pm #

thanks Marko I appreciate it. Interesting post on FB from the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area regarding the PumpHouse (which they own) (and I don’t think this is a problem)

“Due to the increased traffic at the Pump House and the need to be able to use our space for events, tours, the market, etc. we will be installing gates on the lot sometime within the next few weeks. The lot will be open for trail parking as usual the majority of the time, we will however be reserving the right to close the gates/lot for events. We appreciate your help in making the public aware of these changes.”


Marko82

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Oct 9 2014 at 8:19am #

“After the newest segment of the Great Allegheny Passage opened nearby in summer 2013, Joe Ducar noticed some trail users were making their way to explore the heart of Homestead.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/10/09/Bicyclists-welcome-in-Mon-Valley-boroughs/stories/201410090060

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paulheckbert

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Oct 9 2014 at 8:56am #

My comment on http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/10/09/Bicyclists-welcome-in-Mon-Valley-boroughs/stories/201410090060

I enjoy bicycling too, so several years ago I joined the Steel Valley Trail Council, the volunteer organization that manages the bike trails along the Mon River in this area. Working with the Waterfront, “The Avenues”, and others on spur trails and bike racks, etc, is something we’ve been active in. We would love to get more people who live in Homestead and nearby communities involved in the trail. Anyone interested in the trail is invited to attend our monthly meetings – see steelvalleytrail.org, or email info@steelvalleytrail.org


jonawebb

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Oct 9 2014 at 10:42am #

The interview with the Marty Sweeney is awfully positive for 50 bike racks spread over a mile of real estate. I wonder what the ratio is of bike parking versus car parking — 1000:1?
And, thinking about it, 50 sounds awfully high. Is he talking about individual bike parking spaces?


Mikhail

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Oct 10 2014 at 10:10am #

There are certain places that bicyclists prefer to another and lot of recreational bikers do not care locks with them. It would be nice if some places could provide U-Lock rent for small fees like OTB does. I don’t know if any liability is involved… This is on one hand

On other hand, if there is concern that u-locks are going to be stolen on their own — may be real good hardened chain attached to a rack with lock could solve the problem.


Ahlir

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Oct 12 2014 at 2:38pm #

I like the system they have for shopping carts in Europe: They’re all chained together in the lot. You drop in a euro and one unlocks. Kind of like lockers in the bus or train stations over here.

Presumably the bike parking would be somewhat supervised (e.g. just outside a café.)


cowchip

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Oct 13 2014 at 5:50am #

My reply is put them everywhere the budget allows and try to provide a couple of sheltered bike parking spots and or a pavilion and a picnic table just for cyclist , was chased out of Costco gas pumps when it started to rain and I needed cover . Please


JaySherman5000

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Oct 13 2014 at 8:26am #

I took a group of colleagues out for a ride yesterday that started and ended at the Waterfront. Afterwards, we got lunch at Gran Agave, but there was only a single swerve rack available in front of the restaurant. We ended up securing 3 or four bikes to it by just locking bike-on-bike after the first two were locked to the rack.

In between the Improv and Gran Agave, there are a couple of useless patches of grass that look like the perfect place for adding bike corrals. This is right in front of the side-entrance to Macy’s, across from Yokoso. It would be a nice, out of the way spot to provide parking for lots of bikes without impact to motor vehicle parking or pedestrian traffic. Of course, I’m not opposed to eliminating some of the motor vehicle parking to make room for bike racks, but at least this idea would be immune to the “but where will I park my car?!?” hysteria.


jonawebb

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Oct 13 2014 at 8:29am #

Not to mention the various covered areas around the theater building. The west side has a couple of spaces on each side of the entrance that would be perfect for a bike corral.


Jacob McCrea

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Oct 13 2014 at 12:22pm #

This is slightly off topic but not worth a new thread:

Here is a bike rack I just finished fabricating for an old friend. It’s going in at his new bar and restaurant in Homestead, across the tracks from the Waterfront, at 224 E. 8th Avenue (Route 837). The place is called Dorothy 6 (named after an old blast furnace in Homestead) and is well worth a trip to check it out. Anyone who enjoys seeing a formerly vacant building rehabilitated and put to productive use would enjoy seeing what has been done there. More importantly, 20 good beers are on tap and the food is quite good.

I should finish painting the rack today and have it installed by the weekend. Hopefully this upload works.


Jacob McCrea

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Oct 13 2014 at 12:29pm #

The tubing bender (oriented wrong):

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