Best Cycling Route from Downtown Pittsburgh to New Castle

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MikeR
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Hello,

I am interested to hear if any of you have a preferred/safest route from downtown Pittsburgh to New Castle.  I am from Western PA but have live in CO the last 25 years.  We are riding part of the route with a group riding across the country.  Part of the ride is Pittsburgh to New Castle/Youngstown.

Are there any recommendations for best/recommended route from downtown Pittsburgh to New Castle?  I have looked at various websites but am trying to get local rider recommendations for the best routes.

Any recommendations?

Thank you,

Mike


paulheckbert
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Other people can offer more constructive advice, but I’ll suggest you avoid Route 51 between Coraopolis and Monaca — several cyclists have been struck by cars and killed there. Route 65 on the other bank of the river may be a bit safer, but I would avoid that route, also.


jonawebb
Participant
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The last time I went that way I took a bus from Pittsburgh to near North Park and rode from there. Avoided all the local traffic. All Pittsburgh buses have carriers for two standard bikes.


StuInMcCandless
Participant
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I just left a comment on a thread about State Bike Route A. I heartily second Paul’s recommendation about the area south of Monaca. Traffic speeds between 75 and 85 mph are common, and there is no shoulder at all.


PIT2MAD
Member
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From the North Side, Federal to Perrysville Ave/Perry Hwy, take that to Ingomar Rd thru North Park. Then thru towns of Valencia, Mars, Evans City, Zelienople, Elwood City, New Castle

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