Panther Hollow in the wee hours…

← Back to Forums


raphael
Participant
#

I am looking to bike from Neville St. to First Ave downtown at approx. 630am. My wife says since it’s dark, its dangerous. Basically, can this thread prove her wrong? I would appreciate it.


StuInMcCandless
Participant
#

We’ve had this question before. A quick search of the archives found:

* This thread from about two years ago

* More recently, we had this thread.


mr marvelous
Participant
#

I ride that route down Neville thru Panther Hollow and down the jail trail a few times a week between 4:30 am and 5:30 am. The only problem is you need a really good light. Panther hollow is dark and the average light isn’t good enough. But the only people I ever see on the trail that early is other cyclist, surprisingly there are a lot of us riding that early. I’ve had no problems in 6 months.


Erica
Participant
#

get bright lights! I’ve never been bothered by anything alive on trails, I’m mostly deterred by the dark itself – I’m kind of scared of the dark, but the thought of hitting an obstacle is even scarier than anything I might make up in my head. Get some bright lights so you can see whats around you.


Mick
Participant
#

Of course there are hazards with anything.

Panther Holow at 6:30 AM?

With good lights, This is probably a fraction as hazardous as driving half a mile at the speed limit.


chinston
Participant
#

Junction Hollow in the dark, ok. Panther Hollow in the dark might be a little trickier.


helen s
Participant
#

Maybe I have above avverage night vision, but I rarely run my full lights while riding home through Panther Hollow at night. I feel there is a fair amount of ambient light, and if there is snow on the ground and it is cloudy (for lights to reflect off of) I sometime turn off my light to save the battery. I just hope any approaching cyclists have theirs on so at least I can see them.

I have been riding through there around 8am and anywhere between 5:30 and 8:30 pm for 10 years and have never had any trouble other than deep snow.

If you want dangerous, there are some neighborhoods with streetlights and traffic that you might want to avoid at night. Darkness in itself is not dangerous.


cburch
Participant
#

stef rides through around 6-6:30 am almost every day. she’s never had a single issue.


dbacklover
Participant
#

Starting soon ill be riding down there not long after that as well. im much less worried about a trail than a road.


scott
Keymaster
#

I love riding this at night with a full moon. Super cool. I definitely wish it were better lit and had call boxes lining it.


scott
Keymaster
#

I love riding this at night with a full moon. Super cool. I definitely wish it were better lit and had call boxes lining it.


ieverhart
Participant
#

I’ve ridden back a number of times on Saturday nights (er, Sunday mornings) at 3:00 a.m. and though it sometimes creeped me out a bit, I never had any actual incident. I only ever saw deer, rabbits and one or two cyclists going the other direction.

I’ll make a point to try and ride it with a full moon out sometime.


benstiglitz
Participant
#

Augh, the rabbits! Between the Hollow trail and the Soith Side trail I’ve had tons of too-close encounters with small mammals, and probably did at least some tail damage to one.


Swalfoort
Participant
#

You did tail damage to a rabbit? That WAS a close call.


Marko82
Participant
#


eppi
Participant
#

I often ride it abt 7am perhaps 70 days/year I have never seen anything sketchy on that route. Just be careful on the hill at neville and you MUST have good lights. Both front and back. I often ride home late 9pm or so. Other than being spooky dark its fine at night too


dbacklover
Participant
#

Rode panther hollow this morning. Got to hot metal at 7:00am so was around 6:30 ish. plenty of light to see by once I got on the trail, on the road before the trail (at the bottom of the hill) – not so much.

Lots of rabbits

No problems.


mr marvelous
Participant
#

Came thru today around 5:30am ish lots of rabbits they seemed to of formed their own gang and didn’t like me trespassing


dbacklover
Participant
#

dang rabbit gangs selling carrots and beating up the chipmunks!


reddan
Keymaster
#

Bit of a harey situation this morning, eh mr. marv?


Mick
Participant
#

@ scott I definitely wish it were better lit and had call boxes lining it.

I like it with natural light and my headlights. I don’t think it has any safety problem which would justify harsh lights.


Pierce
Participant
#

I also ride through there about almost everyday or every other day, sometimes around 11pm, never had problems either

About three years of that, worst I ran into was a punk catholic school kid tipping over a portapody, who I promptly chased with no goal in mind


mr marvelous
Participant
#

Between the rabbit gangs and the squirrel gangs I’m always caught in the middle of furry gang violence during my commute.


stefb
Participant
#

I can bring my indoor/outdoor cat with me and drop her in panther hollow. I bet she would kill a good portion of the population there. She is a murder machine, but when I come home from work, she rolls around an meows happily.

Ps- there is a wild cat near where the detour was on the jail trail. I bet He/she may kill some wabbits


Swalfoort
Participant
#

Hmmm, come to think of it, the dog next door to me has a fascination with rabbits. She could have a great time. Don’t know if she’d actually do anything to cull the population, through. She’d not all the fast, or all that bright. I don’t know what she would do if she actually caught one.


Noah Mustion
Participant
#

Look out for the albino deer. Come to think of it, that shouldn’t be too difficult.


Kayla
Participant
#

Noah, is there really an albino deer down there?!


Noah Mustion
Participant
#

Actually I think it’s up in Schenley Park… according to those who have seen it (not myself)… dwillen?

← Back to Forums

You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Click here to login.

Supported by