A lot of it’s not what we would settle for, but what the property owners were willing to live with. They wanted fences and walls, apparently not trusting that trail users would avoid playing on the train tracks, or with the scrap metal and heavy equipment, or weaving among the cars in Sandcastle’s parking lot.
Today workers were widening the sidewalk in front of Costco into a bike trail. Looks like a little bit is done already, and they’re continuing east.
Pretty huge if it happens, and they made it sound pretty likely.
It’s not convenient or welcoming at all to a new rider trying to get to point state park now and this would change all that, with a major domino effect because of the linkage over to the North shore and back along the Allegheny. It might open a lot of minds once the network for the “interested but concerned” starts connecting better and more of them ride.
I’d go so far as to say that this is more deserving, by geography, of the moniker “point made” (the maneuver with the sidewalk leading up to Ft. Pitt bridge and crossing the rivers twice is unpleasant and I don’t think too many people do it). And it may be more even more important than the segment just completed overall because it has the potential to engage more “interested but concerned” riders.
Please, please let these projects move along quickly.