One day in the last week or so, I dashed out the door in a rush and was five minutes down the road before I realized I’d left the helmet home. IIRC I rode all the way Downtown sans helmet. Going PerryHwy/Perrysville, the absence of the helmet was the deciding factor in whether I cared to take the “shortcut”, i.e., go down Federal Street.
@edmonds59 – You want to hit 40+ in a hurry? Just decide in advance that you’ll take the chance that someone isn’t going to turn in either direction at the lower Federal/Perrysville corner, and you’ll be >40 no problem. Probably >50. At any rate, not recommended.
All that said, since I was helmetless, I opted for the rattly though slow descent on Perrysville. I suppose if I really wanted my speed jollies, I could go Burgess-Hazleton-Suffolk, but it’s out of my way.
well, the speed limit there is 45 IIRC so it’s not even really illegal, plus you’ve got the 3rd lane as a bit of an “escape hatch” if something unexpected happens. Although cars turning left out of Primanti’s are definitely a concern.
But, I couldn’t make myself go any faster than 46 or so. I don’t think it mattered if I pedaled or just tried to “tuck” (or some of each), I just couldn’t get going any faster.
To Stu’s point – going down Negley with no brakes you’d find yourself doing 40+ at the bottom easy – but it is certainly a rare occasion when you get that lucky with the traffic and lights – and still dangerous with peds, right-turners, kentucky/howe, etc. not that i’d know anything about it, just speculation.