2019 Riding Conditions Report
Montrose Hill, O’Hara Township. There is a downed tree that is about to fall onto Clifton Ave. Use caution while going downhill toward Freeport Rd. Alternatively, you could cut through the Comfort Inn parking Lot in RIDC Park and take the well-traveled gravel path beside the gasoline storage tanks.
Lots of sticks down on the North Shore Trail between the West End Bridge and the prison. I moved the biggest ones off the trail this morning, but there are some medium sized ones that would be a bit of a surprise if riding after dark.
Because of the windstorm Monday night, I’d say just about everyplace that doesn’t get constant traffic is going to have downed branches of some size.
On the Jail Trail this morning on my way to Icycle Bicycle, I stopped to remove busted glass from a jar that may have been thrown from the Parkway. It was a little farther east than the wood ramp to Second Avenue. I think I got most of the pieces that could puncture a tire, shoe or paw, but as with the advisory in the previous paragraph, I would still be very cautious where any partygoers could have dropped or thrown glass. (The contents of my glass gathering is in a white bag hung over a wooden post. I’ll come back for it sometime if someone else doesn’t get it first.)
Highland Park Bridge sidewalk desperately needs swept. Does anyone want to help me keep it clear of snow, ice and debris over the Winter? I cannot do it myself.
I nearly ate shit at the bottom of the new Smithfield Switchback last night. came down the ramp, admittedly at a decent clip, then hit the bottom, which hadn’t been cleaned of mud from the recent high water in the Mon Wharf. I slid sideways, was sure i was going down, but somehow, magically was able to right myself and get a foot down. it was like ice.
Maybe you should carry a bag of rock salt with you when that kind of thing happens.
I rode through the same spot on New Year’s Day, only going up. Mud is tricky. It gives the feeling of maybe giving you some stability, but one inch of instability and you go down. At least ice gives you no hope of control.
Ditto. Hopefully maintenance on the wharf improves. Even if the mud doesn’t take you down, it’ll still make a hell of a mess of your equipment. While I enjoy the wharf, if mud continues to be an issue, my route of choice will revert back to BotA.
I don’t think rock salt will help with mud. Might just make it more liquid, which would be worse.
TLDR: Forward Ave/Commercial St traffic limited to one lane while retaining wall below street level is extended. Work could take six months.
Wiped out big time on Allegheny landing on the black inlaid art installation with the Greco-Roman figures. Called Piazza Lavoro And Mythic Source by Ned Smyth per Google maps. Those little stones are slippy n’at, believe you me. At least no one was around to see my wipeout of shame.
Additionally, be careful on the gap trail past mckeesport. Fire at the steel plant on 12-24-2018 has left the plant spewing all kinds of sulfur crap into the air, making breathing difficult for those with obstructive lung diseases like asthma.
Nothing special this morning. It was cold, and there is snow, but only a very thin, dry, patchy layer. Hot Metal Bridge, Eliza Furnace Trail, and the streets all seemed fine.
I didn’t see any frozen puddles, which are the only thing I would worry about.
As I was going by the Smithfield St bridge yesterday (not on a bike), I noticed two things:
- the bridge sidewalks were unplowed and will likely be icy over the next few days.
- The Mon Wharf switchback ramp was clear and completely rideable.
Did someone clear the latter? My understanding is that DPW/PPA were going to lay off the salt during this winter to allow the concrete to cure, and that there were no maintenance plans for this year. So if some kind soul did the clearing, thanks!
Lots of ice on the NST. It’s rideable, but pretty slippy, so proceed with caution. If it stays cold the various tracks will likely freeze and make it a lot more dangerous.
Upstream sidewalk on 62nd St. Bridge is mostly clear with occasional patches of snow; use extreme caution on the steps as they are quite icy. Sidewalk on Highland Park Bridge was covered in snow and ice this morning; use extreme caution. Penn Ave. cycletrack is clear except for construction vehicles parked in it near 8th St. 3rd Ave. bike lane is clear at least between Wood St. and Smithfield St. Liberty Ave. westbound bike lane is clear of ice and snow.
I didn’t see much ice today, contrary to the weather report. That might change as precipitation continues.
The Hot Metal bridge was plowed and salted today! What a great surprise! Still a little snow/ice on the northern ramp, and a few patches here and there on the bridge itself, but a huge difference!
Highland Park Bridge sidewalk still has packed snow and ice in a few places. Be careful near each end of the bridge. There is also packed snow and ice on the northern sidewalk of the Heths Run Bridge in Morningside as of 10:30 AM.
Be careful today. NST on Saturday was 50 percent ice covered. Unclear if rain melted it or now if there is snow over ice. I’d take the roads (beaver, river) until status is known or it melts on Wednesday
Finally penndot closed the route 28 onramp from 40th street bridge. It’s only been leaking for 5 months or so. So if you’re planning on getting to the trail from the 40th street bridge it may be hard unless you want to ride against traffic on ohio street from the 40th street bridge to the trail.
Does anyone know if the jail trail has been cleared of snow/ice?
40th street bridge to route 28 N reopened — they removed the ice. Didn’t fix the problem. at least it looks like PWSA knows to fix it. It has only been leaking for months.
But expect an ice rink next freeze (ie thursday)
As of 8:30 this morning, the jail trail was still covered with packed snow and ice. No problems riding a fat tire bike on it.
There are patches of snow and ice on Highland Park Bridge sidewalk. Use caution near the approaches and expect delays.
Flooding Friday morning. The usual places. Definitely the Mon wharf/switch back. Probable is stadium part of n shore trail.
40th St br to 28n closed Thursday for about a day
The Eagles’ Nest area was iced over and flooded yesterday. I’m sure it’ll be worse today. I know steps were taken to mitigate the flooding by digging out the sides of the trail and putting in material to hold the water. I think a better solution would be to repave that section to raise the trail higher than the flooding.
Gerry- I don’t think there’s money to do this. Regrading the trail is expensive. What should be done is whatever government is responsible needs to compel that business next to the trail to mitigate runoff. That’s all impermeable surface on the other side of the fence and it all runs off to the lowest point (the trail).
Flooding tomorrow morning now up to 19.8 feet so Riverwalk will be a foot deep in water.
Also going to get stupid cold next week with nighttime lows belowv 0F.
I ran on the NST today from millvale to between the stadiums. Little snow but some black ice. We hit the peak of flooding and trail is still open! Water is about 5″ below Riverwalk down there.
NST between millvale and stadiums this afternoon was fine. The ice has melted and there was only a fraction of an inch of snow on the trail. Today (Saturday) was vastly better than yesterday (Friday). River is back down well below flood risk.
Will be 40s on Monday so all that stuff will melt before it gets down to polar temps wed->Friday
Jail trail was totally fine this morning, should be even better by now that temps have warmed up somewhat. Latest forecast I’ve seen calls for possibility of limited rain/snow mix tonight, but it doesn’t look too bad. Hopefully the trail will be in decent shape for the cold snap this week.
reminder — wind chill advisory 5am wed -> 5p thursday, with windchills close to -20. That’s low. Probably not conducive to keeping your skin while biking.
But next week? High 40s/low 50s!
I just saw a neighbor cycling what one would call a hybrid tricycle/miniature car.It looked ridiculous, but you know what?……I could actually see myself purchasing this odd looking vehicle,especially in the winter.He called it a Prebel and it even had a heater inside.I don’t know if it’s allowed on trails.Maybe some day it might become popular.
I’m sorry my mistake…..It is a Pebl, not a Prebel.This Pebl would be a great vehicle for todays freezing weather!!
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