Could anyone advise me about the best stop to get off the Library ‘T’ to ride my bike to the Montour Trail? I do not think it would be safe to try to ride on Library Road (Rte. 88, I think).
Would the Logan Road stop be the best one? What is Logan Road like, between the ‘T’ and the Montour Trail?
AFAIK you are only allowed to embark/disembark at high-level stops when taking your bike on the T. Logan isn’t a high-level stop, so if you wanted to go to the Irishtown trail head you would need to get off at either Lytle or West Library and ride back down 88 to Logan.
Having said that, I believe there is trail access off of Knights Drive – you could get off at Library or West Library and ride over there.
I can’t say I know the area, but depending on which spur of the trail you’d like to start at, you might want the terminal Library Station. It also looks like West Library Station is equidistant to the more southerly part of the Montour Trail.
Again, I’m not familiar with the area but Library Road doesn’t appear to be such a terrible place to ride. You wouldn’t be on it for all that long, and in any case there may be an option to ride on a sidewalk.
(Edited to delete reference to Logan Station, which, as indicated above, is a low-level “stop,” not a high-platform “station” and thus inaccessible to bikes.)
I do this all the time. Library is the best stop. West Library isn’t bad, but there’s a sketchy intersection you have to deal with.
From Library, take the parking lot to Pleasant Street, then at Brownsville climb onto the sidewalk, which will take you to the shoulder of Library Road. The road is adequate for the short trip to Royal Drive (the Lindenbrooke Apartments driveway), though the narrow shoulder goes away in some spots.
An alternative: on Pleasant Road, just after you cross the T tracks, turn right onto Church Street. It leads to a parking lot which exits onto Library Road a short way from Royal Drive. I don’t bother with it, though.
It’ll be nice when they extend the Montour Trail to Pleasant Street in a few years.