jail trail/ panther hollow

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sloaps
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I did see tire tracks Thursday night, but not much difference in trail condition. They may have plowed, but most of the trail was thick ice by then.

Dan I still have your scraper.


rsprake
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Panther Hollow was not plowed but they somehow managed to plow the straight parts of the bike track on Washington Blvd…


scott
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this is very disappointing since I was reassured as of Thursday that it would be done before the weekend. I’ll see what I can do.


pratt
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Panther Hollow was clear yesterday.


Aaron S
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A path one bike wide was cleared yesterday afternoon. We rode past 3 guys shoveling the path. I think one of them is named Alan. Thanks much guys!


sloaps
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Yeah, although Alan posted above I’ll post for clarity: Junction Hollow is clear. There is at least a 3 to 4 feet wide path – two feet wide under the Boulevard – and shoveled clear around the trailheads at northern and southern gated termini with Boundary Street.

there is still a very large tree blocking the section of the trail that connects Saline Street by the ball field and Big Jim’s to the Boundary Street trailhead in Four Mile Run. Not so much a big deal, because most folks ride on Saline Street through that section due to the car parking, gravel and other debris.

In the hour or so Mick, Alan and myself were out there, I saw at least 30 bikers…


rsprake
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Obviously a pretty important gateway for people on bikes. Too bad the city has ignored it.

Thanks for clearing it guys!


erok
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yeah. thanks!!


gimpPAC
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Thanks from me too – I’ll be riding back that way tonight! I wish I was available to help with the shoveling. Maybe I’ll bring a broom and sweep the debris off of one side of the Birmingham bridge tomorrow… or do you still have one stashed somewhere Erok?


gimpPAC
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by the way, can I just mention all the warm fuzzies I feel with our biking community? Instead of just complaining about things never getting done and sitting on our arses, we actually lead with our actions and DO something about it.

Rock on Pittsburgh Bike folks, Rock on.


helen s
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Well done lads! It was so much faster and nicer (why walk when you can ride) getting home from work.

On my way in this morning, there was a large tractor with a large plow blade on it heading east about midway on the Jail Trail. Was he going to close the barn door after the horses were gone?


Mick
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I think the plow cleared about 100 yards north of the parking lot sometime before the weekend. There was plenty of shovel-partying to be had for 3 guys.

Had a plow made a trip – all the way – down the trail within three weeks of the big snow, there would have been nothing for us to do. Just sayin’.

It wasn’t like Hot Metal a couple of weeks ago. There, half a dozen guys worked for hours on end for a couple of days and the results were discouraged at the end.

Maybe next year instead of having guys spend a few dozen man-hours shoveling, we should maybe have a lot more folks dialing 311 and letting the city know we care.

Note: Judging from the expression on her face, at least one pretty woman in lycra evidently processed a guy saying “hello” as “being hit on” even when the guy was actively shoveling the path she was riding her bike on.


brian j
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Thanks, guys! I’ve gotten kinda comfortable in the Birmingham Bridge-to-Forbes route home, but it’s good know this quiet option is back on the table.


chinston
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Thank you guys, so so much.


Kordite
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> there is still a very large tree blocking the

> section of the trail that connects Saline Street

> by the ball field and Big Jim’s to the Boundary

> Street trailhead in Four Mile Run.

I’ve got a saw and nothing better to do after work today so maybe I’ll swing by and see what I can do


netviln
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Perhaps a modified pedicab with a plow blade could be used for things such as this.. add two stoker spots in the “cab” part.. beef up the wheels and tires with big studded jobs.

Put a nice low granny gear on it.. let her budge.


Willie
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I was on the southside trail yesterday. Pretty much all of the snow is melted but there are lots of fallen trees blocking the trail just about head level just past the 10th street bridge. If anyone is itching to saw something that would be a great place to start.


scott
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Ok, I just received an email from the City saying “They’ve been working on the trail since last week.” Not sure what that means, but there was a little bit of effort put in at least. Sorry more wasn’t done before you guys got out there and shoveled. You guys are awesome and inspiring. Thanks so much!

Love,

BikePGH


Nick D
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Perhaps a modified pedicab with a plow blade could be used for things such as this.. add two stoker spots in the “cab” part.. beef up the wheels and tires with big studded jobs.

Put a nice low granny gear on it.. let her budge.

I was working on this idea last year. I ran into a few design issues, the biggest being traction:. Even with studded tires I don’t think there would be enough weight to adequately plow. Another issue is reverse. I could think of some complicated solutions, but the only simply one I could think of was fixed gear.

So my design comprised of an automobile snow tire or a powersport tire and wheel, a custom hub (with a pretty big gear), a MTB crank set, two 26″ wheels in the front for stability, recycled snow shovel blade for a plow with a lever to actuate it, and a salt spreader on the back for some added weight for traction.

Now the biggest issues: cost, weight, and storage. Even with as much recycled materials as possible, it would still cost a few hundred bucks. The weight (un-loaded I’m thinking it would be at least 100lbs) and size would make it difficult to store.

If anyone had serious interest in this, I think it could be done.


Kordite
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> working on the trail since last week. . .

I saw that on the Eliza Furnace, the tree that was down near the Birmingham Bridge has been cleared off the trail. When I had at it on President’s day, I was able to clear some away but, with the trail snow covered, I couldn’t tell how much of it was still on the trail. Apparently a lot but it’s been pulled off the asphalt fully now.

Not sure if the city was responsible for that or if some other good citizen just hauled the branches back.


netviln
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ndromb: the weight issue is one of the reason I was thinking take the normal passenger seats of a pedicab and make them stokers.. you get the benefit of extra pedal power and extra weight for traction. as for reverse.. well if you have 3 people.. you can probably just muscle it around.

With 3 people pedaling, a pretty stout chain would be in order tho.

As for rear tires. perhaps something like motocross tires would work.


StuInMcCandless
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Tip for anyone needing to remove a downed tree when you forgot to pack a saw: I’ve had pretty good luck with yanking branches off, one by one, or pieces of branches. Depending on the size of the tree or limb, you may be able to get it down to something you can move with little to no help. “Yank backward and peel.”


robjdlc
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Northside trail, esp. millvale trailhead is completely covered as of yesterday. I should be headed to the jailtrail/furnace sometime this week, I’ll pack a hacksaw.


Kordite
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The tree down near Big Jim’s is a bit much for my 2-foot hand saw. A chainsaw would make short work of it, though.


Mick
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“The Greenfield Chainsaw Massacre”


ieverhart
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Perhaps a modified pedicab with a plow blade could be used for things such as this.. add two stoker spots in the “cab” part.. beef up the wheels and tires with big studded jobs.

There is some sort of cargo tricycle left out for trash collection in the 300 block of Carnegie Place in Point Breeze. Maybe it’s the right frame to build the plow on.

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