Schenley Plaza to Garden City (Monroeville)?

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zzwergel
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I would like to do a trip from Schenley Plaza to Monroeville some day.

Facing north on Schenley Dr. Ext.:

  • R. to Forbes Ave.
  • L. to Craig St.
  • R. to Henry St.
  • L. to Neville St.
  • R. to 5th Ave.
  • R. to Wilkins Ave.
  • L. to Dallas Ave.
  • R. to Thomas Blvd.
  • R. to Lexington St.
  • L. to Meade St.
  • R. to Braddock Ave.
  • L to Penn Ave.
  • R. to Hay St.
  • L. to Ross Ave.
  • L. to Swissvale Ave.
  • R. to Laketon Rd.
  • R. to stay on Laketon Rd.
  • R. to Marie St.
  • Slight R. to Sloan Ave.
  • L. to McNary Blvd.
  • R. to Williamsburg Pl.
  • R. to Black Forest Rd.
  • L. to Forest Dr.
  • R. to Beulah Rd.
  • L. to Churchill Rd.
  • L. to Nottingham Dr.
  • R. to McCrady Rd.
  • Straight to Old William Penn Hwy.
  • Get 67 bus in Garden City back to Oakland.

Does this sound like a safe and relatively easy way from Oakland to Garden City?


jonawebb
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I always used to take Penn out to Beulah  right on Beulah and then left on Churchill, follow Churchill down to Nottingham, left on Nottingham across William Penn, next right (the road there has different names but eventually becomes Old William Penn). You can follow Old William Penn as far into Monroeville as you want. Eventually you’ll turn right, say on Duff Road for Miracle Mile Shopping Center for example.

I’ve done it the way you’re saying, too, up Laketon. It also works. But I think my route is easier to follow and no worse in term of traffic, and may be flatter.

 


zzwergel
Member
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@jonawebb, There is a massive hill along Penn Ave. between Ross Ave. and Graham Blvd. that is an entire mile long! Do you think I am crazy enough to climb a relatively steep, mile-long hill in speeding traffic?


jonawebb
Participant
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The traffic is not that bad, in my experience, and the road is relatively wide. But some people don’t like it, yes. I found the Laketon route to be too hard to follow, and got used to the Penn route.


zzwergel
Member
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How would you recomend that I prepare for this? Is there anywhere I can stop for dinner with a secure place to park my bike?


jonawebb
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There are lots of places in Monroeville to eat; just look at Google Maps to plan. But not a lot of bike racks etc. I always search around the way I would at any place with limited parking, and lock to a bench, or something fixed like a pole, or, failing that, something like a shopping cart or something big and heavy.

The biggest problem with hills are the approach to Beulah (whether you take Laketon or Penn, there’s a hill involved) and then three hills on McCrady / Old William Penn as you go over watersheds of the creeks out there. No shame in waking your bike if you have to. The steepest hill is at the end, when you go from Old William Penn up towards Garden City. Heading up Center (the dog boarding place will be on your left) is less steep than Duff.

Once on William Penn you can ride along the sidewalk if you don’t want to deal with traffic on that road. The sidewalk is more or less complete, but be careful at the driveways, of course. It’s not a bike friendly area, but it’s also not especially crowded.


zzwergel
Member
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@jonawebb, That’s a business district. Isn’t it illegal to ride on sidewalks in business districts?


jonawebb
Participant
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Technically but I don’t think anyone in the Monroeville police department knows / cares about that law.


Mikhail
Member
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I thought that it’s defined at municipal level. So Pittsburgh city does not let bicyclists to bride on sidewalks in business district while Upper St. Clair encourages it.


zzwergel
Member
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@jonawebb, Is the a best time of day to do this?


jonawebb
Participant
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I don’t have much experience riding out there except in the morning before say 8. That seemed to work OK. But I think that if you’re worried about traffic to Monroeville, you generally are OK outside of the afternoon / evening because of rush hour.


zzwergel
Member
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8:00 Am is too early. Most of the time, I’m not even awake by then.


StuInMcCandless
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The rule about riding on sidewalks, as I understand it, is so that you (A) don’t run people over walking on said sidewalk, and (B) don’t wallop people walking out of businesses whose doors open onto the sidewalk. Absent those concerns, I don’t see a problem.

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