2019 Riding Conditions Report
was riding on southside trail just past the marina today around noon when 2 younger guys riding motorized bikes (gas engines) came speeding down the trail. I used my hand to signal them to slow down and instead the 2nd guy mocked me and sped off.
At least I was prepared for the mocking — I have teenagers.
Unrelated to the foregoing, here it is September, and I am still seeing broken pavement in various places. I am beginning to lose hope that said holes will be patched before winter, and that they will merely get deeper and larger before April rolls around.
Too many to name.
Today, I noticed three new speed humps on Edmond St. between Friendship Ave. and Penn Ave.
Major street closures near 10th and Penn this morning (10/28) with a bus having fallen through the street. Bike lane is blocked on Penn from 11th through 10th, so either take riverfront trail, or carefully use sidewalks. Businesses on Penn are still open for now.
Big hole in 10th slowly being filled in with gravel, 10th street closed between Penn and Liberty, which are both open. Penn Bike Lane blocked near 10th street, plus intermittent truck and worker movement plus gawkers.
Newly painted bike lanes on East St between Evergreen and Perrysville. Also other side of the road newly painted bike lane on Mairdale all the way up to Perrysville.
California Ave on the north end of Bellevue, into Avalon, badly torn up from recent utility work. One steel plate with no asphalt or other buffer, so careful for pinch flats.
It appears the bike lane east of the “sinkhole” has now become the parking area for any and all service vehicles in the area. How can we suggest they use the opposite side of the street, which frequently is used for short term parking as well as MegaBus farther up the street.
As it is now, cyclists heading east in the bi-directional bike lane now swerve into oncoming traffic on one way Penn Avenue.
I might try some 311 requests, give it a week, then start calling 911.
Hello. I ride through there every morning and night too. It is an inconvenience, yes, but there is also a massive sinkhole downtown that needs to get fixed before the weather gets worse. Call me crazy, but calling 911 about this may be a bit extreme.
I find that just taking my time and going around it when the coast is clear works well. It is more difficult when traveling towards the strip (east), of course, but we’re lucky we have a bike lane there to begin with.
I hate cars parked in bike lanes more than anyone and I usually tell the driver just that when I come across them. But this is a bit of an extreme situation and involving 911 seems a bit over the top, I think.
Gotta agreewith pissing4chissakes … However…there’s always an however.. DLC, etc… the blockers should provide flagpersons to direct traffic as necesary… at least as a courtesy and to send a appropriate messages to the bike.pedestrian.driving community…and may be requured legally.
I saw this once before. I forget who needed to access the bike lane..and this was 3 or 4 years ago.. they were working on abuilding I think..and there were persons of a flag persuasion…what a pleasant, welcome, and thoughtful surprise. … the only thing they could have sone is offered complementary snacks or Amazon giftcards and as Liberty Avenue is around-the-corner…
I reported it to ScottB and/or EricB of B.Pgh… and the attitude was… hey, we gotta send them a thank you note!! (even though they weren’t giving out Amazon gift cards…and since they didn’t come to Pgh, who needs them anyway). Kudos to BP…
Flagpersons are in order..
Apparent icing on the trail along the Allegheny on the downtown side, starting near the Warhol bridge. Meant to go past the bridge towards the convention center but decided to turn back, as it looked a little too slick for non-studded tires.
The trail around the Point is clear. The Ft Pitt Bridge sidewalk has snow on the downstream side, but it is passable; the ramp into PSP is clear, too.
I rode from Neville Island, and the bike lanes there are clear, save for the occasional puddle. The Fleming Park bridge bike lanes have some snow on them. These will likely not be plowed or salted all winter, due the new single lane configuration and the bollards separating the bike lane.
Late Tuesday afternoon, safe bet that every surface is icy.
Some sidewalks near Kraynick’s were icy. I slipped and fell twice as I was walking to the 87 from there at around 5:20 PM. Use caution
There’s lots of very thin ice out there, in shady areas and especially on bridges like Hot Metal and paths like Pocussett St. Roads that get car traffic are clear. I’m glad I put my snow tires on last night.
Ice patch on upstream sidewalk of 62nd St. Bridge. near Butler St. Use caution heading toward Morningside.
Transport St. appears to have fresh asphalt between Glenbury St. and Tariff St.
Snow on steps from Central Shelter to Overbrook
Call me crazy, but calling 911 about this may be a bit extreme.
City wants us to call 911 for any parking in any bike lane. 311 will tell you to call 911. And this is what I call every time when I see car in bike lane and driver does not want to move his/her vehicle.
…yeah, that sounds like a great use of resources.
*Police departments require even non-emergency calls to route through 911 dispatch as a means of, if nothing else, recording the report and collecting consistent information. It’s not so much a matter of “police resources” as there are 911 call centers and dispatchers that farm the requests out to the relevant departments and/or agencies.
So it’s not overkill, its just best practice at this point, and, it’s how the local PD *wants* to be contacted.
Negley Ave at Penn Ave heading to Friendship Ave is blocked right after the light with a temporary sidewalk as whatever construction happens at the old babyland building. Whole group of buildings are fenced off. I assume will be annoying in heavy commuting times, as it’s much easier to zip past on a bicycle than motor vehicle here. If there will be more trucks and/or equipment, that may take over the right hand lane of Penn Ave heading towards E Liberty neighborhood.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>The deep mud on the Mon Wharf was just cleared by Pgh DPW….The ramp is now clear to get to The Point…Though there is some mud along the route it’s dry and superficial.</p>
Heavy snow, obviously. At 8:30 the side streets had packed snow and difficult going. Pocussett Trail was plowed. Eliza Furnace and the Hot Metal Bridge were not.
sidewalk coming out of Panther Hollow towards Second Avenue. Since the chute is narrow, I recommend taking the lane going this direction. But coming up this slope, the sidewalk coming out of the 2nd Avenue chute is preferred, but has been blocked recently. Not exactly sure who to notify, so I will try some of the usual suspects.
I’ve been through that bridge twice in the last week – the first time the sign was on the sidewalk, but on Tuesday, it was in the sreet where it belongs. Thx,
No ice on any of the trails. However one of the large cement barricades at the bottom of Serpentine has been moved, so now it is easier to access for anything smaller than a car. It may have been moved so the Park Rangers can get their ATV through.
The barrier at the bottom of Serpentine might also have been moved because I have asked DOMI, the Park, the Park Conservancy (and everyone else I could cc) multiple times since December to do this, and so have other folks. Recently I’ve been asking people I see working their way around the barrier and complaining on Facebook to file 311 requests. So maybe this is actually a response to many requests. Half a dozen requests on the same problem has much more effect than a single request, but it doesn’t take dozens for little stuff like this.
Next challenge: Behind Phipps, at the end of Frew St extension, there’s a locked gate between the Phipps buildings and lower Panther Hollow Trail. This is where lower Panther Hollow Trail does the switchback onto cobblestones to climb up to the vistor center. This gate has a panic bar on the Phipps side, so it is just a matter of pushing on the bar to go into the park. However, the gate is locked to prevent passage from the park side, and it has recently acquired a “no entry” sign (don’t recall the wording). I’m told that some agreement actually requires the gate to be open.
So, now that the bottom of Serpentine is open, start 311’ing the locked gate behind Phipps. Maybe we can get that fixed, too. It’s not like it requires a structural engineering study and a capital budget allocation ;-)
Is the north shore trail very crowded currently with walkers and hard to ride a bike?
The barriers at the bottom of Serpentine have been moved to block access again.
@Dave — Bottom of Serpentine has been fluid for the last few weeks.
- Between May 25 & 27: center jersey barriers moved to create ~5-6 ft gap. Hurrah!
- June 11 or 12: center jersey barriers moved back to block the road. Bummer. Reported to PPC
- June 18: Public Works told PPC that DOMI wants it closed
- June 19: I asked DOMI to open it up, there’s no other reasonable way through, it’s already heavily used, etc. Bike Pgh is also working on opening it.
- Between June 17 & 20 (last Saturday): The jersey barrier at the sidewalk end has been moved so that it no longer blocks the sidewalk
Is your report that the jersey barriers have been moved again this morning to re-block the sidewalk, or are you reporting that the opening in the middle was closed?
Opening up the sidewalk is progress, but there’s still an issue with curb cuts. On the downhill side the curb cut is close enough. However, on the uphill side you must either hop the curb or continue past the end of the sidewalk and cross a bit of grass to reach the curb cut. I would actually prefer a 4-ft gap at road level instead of the sidewalk, but opening the sidewalk is actually progress.
I was reporting that the middle gap had closed again. I did file a 311 indicating the sidewalk was blocked, and the road invites entry at the top but does not have exit space at the bottom. Worst case scenario a disabled individual goes down the hill on the street and has to backtrack.
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