In the past, the bike turnaround has been at the McKnight Park n Ride – that would be one place to watch. Otherwise, the roads along Heinz Field are the beginning/end of the bike course and are spectator friendly.
It’s going to be crowded this year because of the construction near Bettis’ – I think the transition area will end up taking most of the grassy area.
Also I remember the pavement on the HOV being less than desirable with lots of gravel and holes and crap, for those of you not riding on it overnight. Though it’s been a few years since I did this race, so it may have been paved in the meantime.
* The park & ride is actually just off of Perry Highway / Perrysville Avenue. Unfortunately, there is no park & ride anywhere near the lower end of McKnight. The Perry P&R is easily accessed from the Perrysville Ave exit off I-279. A left at the light off the exit, a left at the light near the bottom of the hill. There is a second lot a bit farther downhill from this, on the other side of the PennDOT salt dome.
* Pavement on the HOV lane is pretty good. It got a complete paving job a year or two back. I motorcycle on it regularly, and find it pleasant to ride on.
* Biking on it while closed is generally not a good idea, though I’ve done it. There is a very narrow span of time when it is known to be closed on both ends, but you cannot tell it is closed on the other end from the end you’re looking at it. And people scream along here, 80-90+ mph.