2018 Riding Conditions Report
Ohio and other rivers peaking tonight. Should be safely back at normal levels Wednesday. Be careful.
I posted seeking rider(s) for river trails on weekends and you asked me my pace….do you know of any riders that might be interested in hooking up?
By midday tomorrow the water should be gone from the point and n shore trail. Then comes the clean up.
Did they get the boat off the sidewalk before the water receded?
are you talking about on the n shore trail? Some of those boats are parked down there in May and never touched. The city provides a lot of free boat parking… Last year there was a boat that was there from Spring 2017 until February 2018. Only after the floods came and went and the boat started sinking did they removed it even after I 311ed it as abandoned many times.
Anyone biked the North Shore Trail today? Planning a small group ride tonight but some people raised concerns about the recent flooding and the resulting mud. Thanks in advance.
I think the guy got his boat off the sidewalk, assuming this is the one.
In terms of the trail then only section that floods is by the stadiums. So do the ride anyway and if the lower portion is closed go around PNC park and take the upper section to science center.
North Shore Trail is open and passable from the Casino to the Clemente Bridge. There are three patches of mucky mud – by the Science Center, in front of PNC Park (this section isn’t horribly mucky), and around the corner by Kayak Pittsburgh.
It’s all rideable but you’ll get muddy without fenders. Heck, you’ll get a little muddy even with fenders.
Edited to add:
Also no boats are stranded on the trail.
- This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by pinky.
Thanks @pinky. I’m going running there tomorrow so good to be prepared ahead of time.
Lots of thick mud on trail parallel to 10th Street Bypass. Had to hose bike off at home
North shore trail between end of River Ave and PNC park pretty muddy. Plus a huge part of a tree trunk blocking a lot of the trail.
Convention Ctr. trail still covered in mud west of 11th St. as of this morning. Eagle Lake covers 1/3 of the trail.
There is glass on the sidewalk along on the Fort Pitt Bridge on the Carson Street side. It looks like someone broke a wine bottle of some sort. This is a hazard for pedestrians and cyclists. I had to walk my bike through the section. 311’ed it.
Does anyone know the condition of the north shore trail near the kayak rentals….rode there last week and was thick mud on trail right before kayak rentals in front of apartment building
Joncaire st steps- open
everyone’s favorite post of mine — river flooding.
ISSUED: 11:06 AM SEP. 25, 2018 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a
* Flood Advisory for
The Ohio River At Pittsburgh.
* until Friday afternoon.
* At 10AM Tuesday the stage was 16.8 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Forecast…The river will rise to near 18.5 feet Thursday early
* Impact…At 18.0 feet, water begins to flow onto the Monongahela
River Parking Wharf.
At 19.0 feet, Water begins to flow onto the north shore
riverwalk between the stadiums.
Is the trail by the Convention Center going to flood again? If it does, It should be cleaned as soon as possible.
Flood warning was removed. Looks like storms predicted to hit here won’t.
I got caught in rain around 2:00PM today on my way from Aspinwall to Bloomfield for a doctor’s appointment. I’m glad the rain didn’t get too hard until I was in the building. It started to drizzle as I was getting on the Highland Park Bridge and the rain got harder when I was on Friendship Ave. near the park.
- This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by zzwergel.
penn ave closed between 38th and 39th this morning due to fatal car “accident.”
Lawrenceville: Penn Avenue between 39th Street and 38th Street is closed due to a fatal accident. One vehicle lost control and slammed into several unoccupied parked cars. An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident. pic.twitter.com/j2qV7sLCSK
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 27, 2018
Just putting this here because it relates to the above post.
Thursday, I was heading inbound on Liberty Ave. in Lawrenceville. There was a minor altercation involving the speed limit. I was heading downhill, taking the lane to avoid getting doored at about 25.5 MPH. I was already traveling above the speed limit of 25 MPH. The man in his red car blew right past me illegally in the opposing lane just so that I would catch up to the traffic light at Herron Ave./Ligonier St. I yelled “Whoooa!” as he illegally passed me and he rolled down the window. He said the speed limit is 35 MPH. “I said no, it’s 25, it was reduced. Don’t you see the sign?” He didn’t believe me.
Flood possibility for north shore trail back for Saturday morning. Will be minor at best.
Ohio is at 17.9 feet now, below flood stage. Unclear how muddy the NST is between the stadiums from the minor flood today.
So I know we all like to complain how drivers disrespect us by sticking their d*mn vehicles in bike lanes and such.
But I have evidence that it’s not like they’re out to annoy just us in particular.
They’re willing to take on the buses as well!
Can you say as much for your typical biker?
Say it loud: Red is GREEN!
Well, ok, there’s no bollards…
@ahlir, that’s not the worst offender. In fact, that bus lane is only for the weekday rush hour so it’s totally fine for them to be there on a weekend.
The worst is during Sundays, when people park at and block bus stops downtown. This is at its worst during Steeler Sundays…
@chrishent: One of the signs on the pole (in the distance) has the section towards us as “No Parking/Standing”. The other sign (pointing in the other direction) allows for parking at certain hours that I assume have something to do with the August Wilson Centre. I made a point of checking on this, but I guess I should also have taken a pic.
Sunday exceptions are usually noted on a sign. But maybe there was some other sign, elsewhere.
I can accept that a “Steeler Sunday”, in Pittsburgh, allows for many exceptions to everyday behaviors. Like, say, having to wear favorite-player jerseys. But if we’re going to treat home games as a mini Mardi Gras or Carnaval, can we at least declare that bikers have the absolute right to take the lane whenever and wherever they want? It would make up for that parking-in-the-lane thing. I’m willing to accept that this might be limited from morning until kickoff time (but, really, it ought to be maybe an ~hour after the end of the game).
This PG article from a year ago says “The changes include making the far right outbound lane of Liberty a bus-only lane from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Seventh Avenue and William Penn Place, where there are three lanes of outbound traffic. Crews using paint donated by PPG Paints designated the red bus lane on Monday and signs for its limited operation will be posted later this week…. Parking will be allowed 24 ours a day on the inbound side and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the outbound side.”
If you ride the bike path near Bakery Sq on Penn Ave, the stretch right off Penn is blocked between Sallys Path and Bakery Sq Blvd. Grassy area is torn up with construction vehicles. You can go around on the small road on the other side of the grassy area.
During the day the n shore trail is open but partially blocked by the painters working on that Morgan Apartments (between end of River Ave and Alcoa).
Area around Wilkins and Shady is supposed to be closed”for up to a week” due to the police investigation.
(Cross-posting from another thread)
ICYMI, the sidewalk on the Liberty Bridge is now fully open. The steps from Ross St were fully redone, and the sidewalk now extends all the way down to Grant St. Unfortunately, as discussed before, there is no curb cut at the bottom on Grant St that would ease access to sidewalk on a bike. Overall, an improvement over what was there before; in my opinion, this is the best quickest way to ride up to Mt Washington from downtown. No lights between Grant St. and Grandview Ave!
Saw a tweet from DPW or DOMI saying that Greenleaf St in Duquesne Heights has been reopened, following the landslide earlier this year.
So now you have the option of dealing with the West End Circle/Bridge, or circumventing that shitshow by going up a stupidly hard hill!
Again this morning the DCNR put up barricades on the sidewalk coming down from the Ft Pitt Bridge to the Point State Park area (in prep for the Tree of Life event at the point today). The barricades completely blocked the sidewalk and there was zero warning that there were barricades ahead. I grabbed my brakes at the last second and thankfully stopped without skidding out but things could have been much worse – conditions were very wet and I could have wrecked horribly on the barricades.
I found a park ranger in his vehicle and pointed out the hazard to him and told him that if they’re going to block the sidewalk, they MUST put warning signs/tape/whatever up on the flat part of the bridge sidewalk before you start descending down the ramp towards the park. His response was basically that bikes go too fast through the area and they should be going slow enough to react to trail hazards and that they regularly have to tell people to slow down.
I then lost my temper with him. When the barricades are placed halfway down the ramp, you can’t see them until you’re already on the ramp at which point you have about 10 feet to stop. I’m a very good cyclist, wasn’t going that fast, and have very good brakes on my bike so I was able to stop this time. Last time they blocked this ramp, they only put up a few traffic cones higher up on the sidewalk before the ramp. Since penn dot regularly piles cones on that sidewalk (there’s plenty of construction stuff piled on that bridge right now), a few traffic cones isn’t even a sufficient warning because it looks like penn dot just put them there for storage.
Just as police wouldn’t put up barricades blocking a road without any warning, the park shouldn’t block the bike path without any warning.
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to constructively address this issue with DCNR?
No ice downtown at 7 am, and main roads were clear as well. Temperatures are right there on the edge, it appears.
Highland Park Bridge sidewalk has some slush and One Wild Pl. bike lanes covered in leaves. Traverse these areas with caution.
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