So for the first time in awhile, I decided to commute downtown this morning through Frick Park via 9 Mile Run and then along the Duck Hollow Trail...
When I got to the end of the trail where I'd always just carried my bike across the railroad tracks to get onto 2nd Ave, I was greeted by a fence and a sign from Allegheny Valley Railroad stating "No Trespassing, Violators Will Be Prosecuted."
I was already running late, so I wasn't about to double back through Frick Park. Instead I risked prosecution by carrying my bike around the fence, crawling under a parked train, and continuing on my way.
While I respect AVRR's right to keep people off of their property, I wish they had at least posted a "No Through Way" sign or some such thing back at the Duck Hollow Parking Lot to save people the annoyance of riding 2 miles in just to reach a dead end.
They unfortunately are not very cooperative in opening up their riverfront properties in this location or in Lawrenceville. It really is a shame.
Nyargh... I have a deep fear of ducking under a stationary train. What if it starts to move, just at wrong moment. But maybe that's just me.
What I would do is just grind through the ballast on the side until it turns into dirt or until you can hop across the1st track to the access road. Eventually there's a crossing you can use and get yourself to a street. The rail workers seem to ignore you (haven't run into security people in all the years I've been through there).
I liked it when it was a don't ask don't tell policy before the fence , just like the gate at becks run . these are problems that will never be solved without a bridge to go over .
Nyargh… I have a deep fear of ducking under a stationary train. What if it starts to move, just at wrong moment. But maybe that’s just me.
Trains don't really get up and move in a hurry. You'll have plenty of audible warning before it darts off on you.
I've done it and it's pretty terrifying, even so.
Sure, it takes a train a while to get moving and there's lots of noise as the couplings tighten up. But remember that you have this stupid bike to pull through as well. (Speaking as someone who spent time in his youth in foolish proximity to live train tracks.)
The one time I dragged a bike under a parked train, it took me much longer than I remember it took when I was standing next to a parked train getting underway.
I do NOT go under nor through parked trains. When I was growing up I had two friends who's dads used to work for the RR, and for the RR in the mill - until their dads got injured by trains. So if it can happen to someone who works around them and knows what they are doing... I'll go around or go a different way.
And dont forget that there is most likely a live track on the other side of that parked train that you will encounter while on your hands and knees and with not so good sight lines.