So about that Snow…
When I climb Greenfield, I do the sidewalk which is on the opposite side of the street. Normally, I wouldn’t do that but the sidewalk is very wide if not particularly well maintained.
Also, in the winter months, it rarely seems to be shoveled with any consistency. So, I’ve been doing Panther Hallow lately.
+1 on avoiding on weekdays and during rush hours. Actually, if I’m doing the climb on the weekend/early in the day then I don’t use the sidewalk… it’s just the rush hour traffic combined w/ my slowness that concerns me up that hill.
I climb Hazelwood instead of Greenfield Ave. The traffic is lighter, the road is wider, with better sight lines and no stop signs. Getting to it is a bit of a challenge, especially right on the cusp of the rush hour when the traffic hasn’t yet got completely congested.
In the winter I take the road going up. Nobody takes care of their sidewalk so shoveling is non-existent. The sidewalk is in pretty rough shape to begin with.
In the summer, it varies. I’ll do both. People often park on the sidewalk though.
I recently added a mirror to my helmet, which makes me feel better about biking on the road up the hill.
Hazelwood would add a bit of an extra climb for me.
Climbing Greenfield, I usually take teh road, except for sometimes the block or two between McCaslin and Frank.
When I’m trying to train, I do a circle that goes from 2nd Ave -> Greenfield ->Loretta-> Murray-> Beacon ->Mulhatton -> Shady-> Wilkins- Beeler-> Forbes -> Maggie Morrison -> Schenley Dr-> Blvd Allies-> Bates. One lap is less than 7 miles, but it’s an OK workout.
I’ve never done Greenfield at rush hour.
I take the road, the sidewalk seems to be too unreliable. I look over my shoulder A LOT. I tend to leave work too late to worry about rush hour.
Anyone been on Eliza Furnace/Jail Trail this week? It hadn’t been touched aside from the bit by PNC on Wednesday morning, and sometime during the day they did a wee little bit more towards the parking lot. I 311’ed it yesterday, and got a “we informed the correct people, please be patient” response this afternoon.
I’m heading downtown early tomorrow and trying to decide if I should bike (and play the new tag game!) or just take the bus.
“It is passable but I slid around a lot on my slicks until i just went into the snow that hadn’t been ridden through yet.”
I imagine that nice unridden snow will all be ice by tomorrow. Or am I missing another post?
Jail trail is in decent shape. I took it home tonight around 7. There was the occasional slushy spot but 90-95% was clear – I was pleasantly surprised. Based on the forecast it looks like it’s going to stay above freezing till tomorrow afternoon/evening.
To the pink bike on Negley just now- between the weather and the traffic, pretty badass!
(And, great visibility with lights and coat! Also, way to take the lane!)
Bring back the snow, last night was miserable. When it was a light rain around 7 it wasn’t too bad aside from forcing me to stop and clean my glasses periodically. By midnight – well, I didn’t turn down a ride home in a car.
WFH today which is nice (for me, anyways) because it looks like more of the same. ugh.
Sorry I never posted about my ride. I didn’t see the rest of the jail trail, but the section from HMB to the Greenfield trailhead was all clear. The bridge was a little sketchy on Wednesday night, but Thursday night some clear paths have been made.
I actually didn’t mind the rain this morning. I kinda like riding in it, as long as I am prepared for it.
You’re a trooper bjanaszek! Though I prefer warmer rain or snow. This cold rain just sort of hangs in the air.
I was comfortable in the rain last night (rain jacket+hood+rain pants).. the icey snow at around 10:30am this morning was miserable on the face.
a fellow rider + coworker thinks that the temperature range 30-40 should be eliminated. “nothing good happens in that temperature range” he loves the snow, but not that wet quasi-ice crap. right now i sort of agree…
i’ve been trying to get him to give ride reports here, since he usually rides Greenfield – Eliza Furnace – downtown on the early side (6:30). even if i convince him, knowing him he’ll post one report before it’s spring then completely forget next year…heh
this morning was awesome, despite arriving to work soaked. Afternoon would’ve been better without the wind, but still not terrible. then again, I rode the bus more than the bike this afternoon.
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