Start in Shaler and head a few roads down into Millvale where I hit the Riverfront Trail and then jump on River Avenue. I will go past PNC Park and jump over the bridge into Point State Park where I grab the Blvd of the Allies onto 2nd and then the 10th Street Bridge. I ride Carson straight to 24th where I hand a left and head into the office.
My commute varies from 4 to 27 miles from Garden of Esplen into Downtown. I ride West Carson Street and switch over to the sidewalk either immediately before the West End Bridge interchange or ride beneath it and merge left at the entrance to the riverfront office building that I think is called Gateway something or other. From there I follow a route through Station Square on the road when there is snow and on the trail when there is not. Then the sidewalk on Smithfield St Bridge, to Grant Street, First Avenue, and Ross Street.
2-3 days a week I loop north to Coraopolis on Route 51 and then return on Neville Island, then ride through the West End and up Mt Washington on Shaler, then down and up McArdle or Sycamore. After that I cross the Liberty Bridge to the steps at Second and Ross. I did that all winter and just took two weeks off to rest up before really enjoying it this spring since there are no more single digit temperature days (knock on wood).
I also make trips to RBN or Giant Eagle on the SouthSide for groceries after work.
I have been commuting for 5 years, with the first few only 2-3 times per week from town to Bridgeville via West End, Crafton, Carnegie, Heidelberg. I have been commuting into town for 2 years now. I have been car free since September 15, 2010 and make even more trips via bike and a monthly zip-car day. I ride out to Blawnox, the East End, and loop around town via Hazelwood Ave to Beechwood Blvd to Dallas to Hamilton to the ELB and then downtown again. I like to ride.
I rode the bus about 6 times this past winter. Once I broke a chain on West Carson in a foot of snow, turned around and the bus was right there with a rack on it. That was luck, which will soon not be a factor required.
The view of the City on cold mornings is spectacular. The rivers at night are great and I like the lights downtown from the river trail view. In the colder months you have it all to yourself (almost).
We have a most awesome indoor bike rack in our office. I bought a wardrobe closet for my office and keep a hefty supply of baby wipes, powder, and deodorant. I use a messenger backpack that allows me to fold shirts n@ easily for the short commute and not get wrinkled. I do one or two laundry trips a week and keep extra gym clothes there as well. I bike or bus to evening meetings as much as possible to avoid using a pool car. It takes longer to always return to the office to change and bike home, but I always feel like a million bucks when I get home.
I coffee up and shower before leaving, but I do have a filter and hot water kettle for making my own at work The french press required too much cleanup.
My commute is Chesiwck to Friendship- I have been doing it for about 3 years or so now (just during the school year as Im off during the summer)
Up until the recent PAT service cuts, I used to catch a bus about a bloc from my house and be dropped off right at the apartment building by Highland park and have a pretty easy downhill run into friendship.
Now with the cuts, I have to catch a bus 20 mins earlier, which I am having trouble adjusting to, and get dropped off right at the edge of the HPB. I take the sidewalk inbound as Im not really warmed up at that point to keep up with that crazy am traffic. Then up one wild place and to mellon to negley. All in all about 1 hour from door to door. I do not really have access to shower, so its pretty much a whore bath. Although as the weather gets warmer, I may have to figure out something a bit different.
I ride the entire way home in just the reverse and enjoy having the option of hitting ARB if I need to stop at DIrty Harrys for bike supplies and also having the bus running right along freeport road in case I need to bail for some reason. COmmute home is about 45 mins to an hour.
@Rocco-What times are you riding? I usually leave friendship about 330 and hit cheswick by 4:15, I wonder if we pass?
Commute to work: Just under 5 miles with a nice incline in the midst of getting there and going home. I go from Wilkinsburg to campus in Oakland–preferred route being Forbes all the way(through Squirrel Hill, etc). Another way is Penn to Fifth, but those two roads are quite annoying to travel on during the a.m. rush. Plus no big hills to crush. That’s no fun.
I lock on campus and always check on/walk by my bike during my lunch halfway through the day just to be sure.
From the other side of the state….
My car commute runs about 17-21 miles depending on the roads I choose. My bike commute is 17 miles, as follows:
Workbound: From my door through a development to Rt. 23, then downtown on Bridge Street in Phoenixville to the Schuylkill River Trail. Follow the SRT to the pedestrian bridge over the river to Valley Forge National Historic Park. From VFNHP walk the bike along an old hiking trail to a condo complex, and then ride into King of Prussia.
Homebound: Same as above but I bypass Rt. 23 and ride on back roads home. Since my return commute has me on the road at midnight, I prefer to stick to low-traffic roads rather than Rt. 23.
I don’t bike commute often. I should. But it’s a big commitment in time and my office isn’t bike friendly.
Here’s a Flickr set from a 2008 commute:
@reddan – yeah! I’m the Giant Seek 2 with all of the stickers.
@beast — I’m generally leaving Cheswick between 17:00 and 17:45, so I miss you. I do cross paths with a handful of people on bicycles in the afternoon though. There’s more bikes commuting on Freeport Road than you’d think.
@Rocco – Information like that is good to know. It’s one of those places we think we might want to monitor for activity, but we aren’t sure enough to commit resources just based on a “hunch.” Such comments solidify that hunch into observed behavior as reported by third parties…..
@Rocco-Ya, Im definately home by then…or have been home and am off to other cactivities with the kids!
My commute to school is just under a mile according to Google Maps. I usually take 5-8 minutes depending on lights and traffic, but once I was door-to-door in 4:12. Sometimes the stars all align…
I lock up at an outside rack and while I sometimes feel a bit warm for the first 20 minutes after arriving if I am riding at full exertion, haven’t had much need for a shower on such a short ride.
As regards coffee, I have a Bruegger’s Bottomless Mug Club card and once got a beverage from each of the eight Bruegger’s locations in the city: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Eight-Bottomless-Bruegger-s-Beverages
every day, I get to Oliver St at Wood St downtown, to see that it’s red. I try to do what I guess would be my own version of a poorly executed track stand, but I always end up giving up on that and putting my foot down. It seems that within 3 seconds of my giving in and putting my foot down, the light turns green -_-
But today! Today the light was green when I got there. Probably the first time that’s ever happened to me, and it put a smile on my face.
That’s enough commuting anecdotes for today, I need to go to bed.
@RF- Ive always said that the best way to get a red light to turn green is to put your foot down!
Glad you got the green!
Mine – Crafton Borough to Gateway Center downtown. It’s about 5.5 miles, mostly downhill on the way in and mostly uphill on the way out. I take Noblestown Rd to the sidewalk on Carson St to the Ft Pitt Bridge walkway.
I usually shower at the Y downtown, where I have a membership. I don’t always feel that I need it, but I usually work out in the morning anyway, so I have a locker there. On the way home I just get sweaty and deal with it.
I was riding this commute about 3 times a week last year summer and fall but because of an ankle injury/surgery/recovery have yet to be able to this year. Once I’m healed up my goal is to ride every single day when it is light outside. Hopefully that will happen before the end of this summer.
Locking options are great here – Highmark has two racks, one by their loading dock and one in a little alcove on Stanwix. There is a rack in the Gateway Center garage on Libery and three more outside in the Gateway plaza.
pinky, what time would you usually ride in? There was amandasolecism who sounded interested in riding in, here – http://bike-pgh.org/bbpress/topic/safe-commute-from-carnegie-to-duquesne-university
I’d usually leave the house around 7:20 and then leave Downtown at 5:00, taking about 40 min each way because I’m slow.
I’ll throw a comment on that thread so that amandasolecism knows to message me with any questions – thanks for the pointer.
Also btw, that walking path along Noblestown/Crafton Blvd? Unrideable once you get out of Crafton Borough heading into West End. Some of it is “paved” in big gravel, the kind that’s the size of a small orange. The dirt sections would be OK for a MTB but it’s mostly a pain.
*Edited to add detail on what section of trail is bad for bikes*
My commute is from Mt Washington to either AGH or west penn. I ride 5 day a week. I’m pretty tolerant of the weather. I’ve only skipped 1 day this winter and got a ride home a few weeks ago during the hail storm.
North side I usually take the WEB outbound and come home via downtown and the liberty bridge. It’s 15 min out and 25 min back, 7mi round trip.
Bloomfield is about 30 minutes each way and 12mi round trip.
I have showers available and usually need them for the Bloomfield trip especially in the summer. Covered parking is available at both sites although the racks suck. AGH just bought a brand new toaster rack last fall, arg. If I’m working late or overnight I bring my bike inside, I’ve never asked but security has never so much as batted an eye.
i used to work at west penn, and brought my bike in with me every day. never got more than a hello from security or anyone else.
Just over 7 miles from Edgewood to 29th & Liberty. Takes about 35-45 minutes inbound depending on what bike I take and a touch longer going home. I take a number of routes, but generally ride to Shadyside, hit Aiken then Liberty into town.
I work with cburch, quizbot and alucas and started riding to work shortly after I started here. Like quizbot we keep our bikes indoors so security isn’t an issue. In the spring, summer and fall I ride to work 5 days a week, perhaps drive with my mountain bike to go ride somewhere on my half day friday. This winter I was a bit lethargic but managed to ride at least 3 days a week.
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