CP: Open the Wabash Tunnel to Cyclists


Could bikes also use the tunnel?

The story of bike commuting in Pittsburgh is arguably a tale of two cities. In some neighborhoods, new bike lanes and riverfront trails have carved out more room for cyclists. But if you’re in the city’s South Hills, those improvements might as well be happening in a different time zone.

We’ve been hearing from many cyclists who would like to see access to the Wabash Tunnel. So many people in the South Hills are interested in biking from there into the city. But that means going up and over Mount Washington, which is formidable unless you’re a really strong cyclist. – Scott Bricker

While East End arteries like Fifth Avenue still might not be exactly bike-friendly, South Hills thoroughfares like Route 19 are practically suicidal. Even if a cyclist negotiates them successfully, Mount Washington awaits: Going over it requires hundreds of feet of vertical climb; going through it requires either driving a car or riding a bus or light-rail vehicle.

But what if cyclists could use the Wabash Tunnel instead?

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh City Paper

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