I’m looking for a route that uses as many of Pittsburgh’s cobbled/brick/block streets as possible. I looked into the sample pittsburgh roubaix routes but those don’t seem to be hitting as many as possible – just some at various checkpoints across the city. A map or list of cobbled streets would also be great if such a thing exists.
We could crowdsource this, each of us adding the streets we know to the map. To get things started, I created a google map that anyone can edit
To add a street to the map, zoom in, find the category layer (cobblestone or brick) at left, then click on “all items” below that, then click the icon at top that looks like line segments, then click on the map to set the end points of the street, double-click on the last point, type in the name of the street. It should show up in the right color (blue for cobblestone, orange for brick).
Add to the map whenever you get the urge.
A few I’m aware of: Chesterfield, Isabella, Cordova, Murdoch, Roslyn, Phillips(?), Buena Vista.
Sorry… The pedant in me won’t let me rest without pointing out that Pittsburgh does not have any actual cobblestone streets (that I’m aware of).
Pavers made of roughly dressed granite blocks are properly referred to as setts, Belgian block, pavé, or clinkers (although the latter term has a different meaning in steel-producing regions).
In contrast, cobblestones are undressed stones that are naturally rounded and smoothed, the kind you’d find tumbled in swift-moving river and stream beds. They are also sometimes used in road construction, although less frequently, since their supplies would be limited and regional.
Of course, most people don’t care to observe that distinction. But I had to put it out there.
Awesome Paul, thank you!
I know, I know.. not actual cobblestones.
I added some that I knew but then found it was pretty easy to spot the brick streets from the satellite view so I started using google streetview to find more.. this is an addicting activity.
There are a few interesting ones in the hills of Braddock that have block in the middle and brick up the sides… would make for nice climbs probably.
The upper portion of McCandless Ave (in Stanton Heights).
E Burgess St. (the upper portion is part of hill 7 for the DD)
Melrose Ave in Perry South (nicknamed Cobbled Bitch on Strava – get it?)
Chestnut St in East Allegheny. Complete with trolley tracks and treacherous drain grates in the middle!
15th St in the Strip.
Bryn Mawr Rd. in the Upper Hill
Wyoming St in Mount Washington, just in case you want to add more difficulty after you’re done with E Sycamore St.
Murray Hill Ave in Squirrel Hill North, just by Chatham U.
The map has grown a lot! Please add your name to it (part of the map description) if you’ve contributed.
So far, the longest sett/Belgian block/”cobblestone” streets appear to be Buena Vista and Melrose in Perry South, and Murray Hill Ave in Squirrel Hill North.
The section of Climax Street east of Arlington Avenue in Allentown is Belgian block. I didn’t add it to the map, but please do if you know how.
I tried to add a few additional streets in Hazelwood to the map, but the color was changing for all entries I added.
Inez Way has two lengths, one all brick, one is half brick, half cobblestone
Ashton Ave – Brick
Winston and Glenwood St – Brick
Trowbridge – Belgian Block
Kieran, I think i fixed yours correctly.
To add a cobblestone/block street, first select the cobblestone layer (just click on it) on the left side of the screen and then select the draw a line button under the search bar. To add brick, select the brick layer on the left side of the screen and then the draw a line button.
Just saw a few others:
– Sagamore St. in Esplen, in the western edge of the city.
-Patterson St. In McKees Rocks
-The top of Raymond St. in McKees Rocks.
- This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by chrishent.
Added a few Perry Hilltop / Northside / Homewood Streets to the map.
Several in Crafton. I’d have to go out there to inventory them.
Center St in Duquesne is real interesting. It’s pretty steep and blocks leave a lot of spaces between them. :) You gaining height approximately similar to Grant St (the one that crosses GAP at Duquesne) but in shorter distance and over very rough coblblestone pavement. I would not go down on this street but up is OK, my speed was about 4-5 mph and was easy to control everything.
It’s a little ways out, but this entire Verona/Oakmont neighborhood seems to be either Belgium block or brick streets
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