By Marcus Schwarz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Those are good outdoorsy people who have money to spend in all types of places,” he said, describing bike trail riders.
People who work at offices across the street, however, had concerns about the new lane. At Pat’s Lunch, a lunch counter on Terminal Way just off East Carson Street, customers discussed the new lane as they purchased juice, coffee and breakfast sandwiches one morning last week. Owner Patty Lewis said she thought the street was a dangerous place to bike.
“If I were a biker, I would not want to ride there,” she said. “It’s just going to be a matter of time before a biker gets killed out there against that wall.”
Ms. Lewis said people who had been parking along the wall for free for many years would likely have to pay for parking. The nearby Station Square West Parking Facility charges $105 per month for parking, according to its website.
Mr. Patchan said the wall side parking is dangerous because people who park there must cross the street to the sidewalk on the opposite side without a crosswalk.
Bobby Trent, 36, who attends a trade school on East Carson Street nearby Ms. Lewis’ restaurant, said that he supported the lane, which he thought would be safer for bikers.
“I prefer to ride a bike,” he said. “I’d rather never have to be bothered by a car.”
Get ready for BikeFest, a fifteen-day celebration of bicycling, August 5th-19th. The activities kick off with Pedal Pittsburgh on August 5th’ which includes a car-free section and a finish line festival. On August 10th the Bike Fest Party returns to the Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District.