Strip District Trail by Convention Center
Does any one know if the Strip District Trail by Convention Center is open? I rode past there a week ago and it was closed.
The Buncher company, which is developing that site, is apparently waiting for approvals from the city to do the final stage of work that will allow the trail to reopen. Supposed to be done by late summer or early fall. Basically two full years late.
It seems like, depending on who you’re talking to, Buncher have said they’re either getting the runaround from Alcosan and PWSA over water & sewer line work, or from City Planning over roadwork they want to install, and it’ll be somewhere between a couple months and another year before they’ll be done.
From the LBPC: (WOOT!!)
Strip District Trail Updates
Nearly two years after it was closed for four months of ‘underground utility construction’ in October, 2013, we’re told the Strip District Trail (the segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail running from 11th to 21st Street in the Strip) will reopen in August—we even have the word of Kevin Acklin, Mayor Peduto’s Chief of Staff, on it: https://twitter.com/kevinacklin/status/614597586289344512
This trail is critical for many commuters and others who ride from Lawrenceville to and through Downtown, and its loss has been deeply felt by many riders who don’t feel comfortable jockeying with unpredictable cars moving in strange ways, pulling in and out of parking spaces, and stopping suddenly along Penn and Smallman or simply speeding down Liberty.
We thank our many members and friends who have been calling, tweeting, and writing Deb Gross, Bill Peduto, and other city offices to ask about the status of this project, and we encourage everyone to keep asking for the firm date Acklin promises, and to hold Buncher, Friends of the Riverfront, and the City to it.
I’ll be commuting through the Strip starting in August, so this is will be a nice alternative when I don’t feel like riding down Penn.
While this is great news, it’ll surely have an impact on the usage of the Penn Ave cycle track. Sure, it’s a bit of a hassle to get to and from the trail, but I’m sure more than a few will trade a more direct route (Penn) for a car-free one (trail). I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens
This is a good point, and I’m probably one of those riders. As much as I like using the Penn Ave lane, it’s pretty hard to beat riding to work along the river with no cars. Hopefully, the City will actually connect the bike lane to the Point soon, which should help increase ridership.
Also, let’s not celebrate too soon. I’ll believe the trail is opening in August when I see it. So write to the mayor and your council member to remind them how important this is.
Yep, I can already see it: take a Healthy Ride bike at 21st and Smallman and ride it on the trail all the way to the station on 7th and Ft Duquesne Blvd or the one on Isabella and Federal for a Pirates game. Save for a short distance on 21st, no cars. Awesome.
So, we havn’t had the bikeway and the strip district trail open at the same time. What is the best way to connect to the bikeway from the Strip District trail to access downtown?
I’m betting via the convention center ramp at the moment.
Yep, that’s definitely the best way, and probably always will be. We need some signage to let people know that.
“I’m betting via the convention center ramp at the moment.”
Oh, I can finally use that green bike box at Penn and 10th.
@rustyred you mean the green box that drivers constantly stop on and block?
Hopefully they will clean it up a bit before re-opening. I have glanced down at the trail from the 16th street bridge recently and it is covered with debris, and overgrown with weeds.
Others have mentioned how nice it will be to ride with no cars for that stretch again… This almost goes without saying, but it will also be nice to ride for a while with no STOPLIGHTS again. As nice as the Penn cycle track is, I would take a parallel trail with no stoplights any day, particularly if I am just trying to get to work quickly.
Railroad St. is currently being extended from 21st Street down to the convention center, along with extensions of some of the numbered streets toward the river (seems like at least 12th and 15th so far), so once that is done, there will hopefully be several ways to easily get between Penn Ave and the trail.
My complaint with the Penn bike lane is all the low manhole covers. Particularly at night. It will be nice to have an alternative.
I never ever tweet but have been tweeting about this at Deb Gross, Peduto, BikePed Coordinator. I’m very over this public good being kept from cyclists but anyone really who wants to access some carless time next to the river. Total bullshit. I think I’ll start calling, too, and wonder if people shouldn’t have some sort of protest on the trail.
From Deb Gross this a.m.
Deb Gross (@DebGrosspgh) tweeted at 8:34am – 1 Sep 15:
I know DPW met w Buncher Co last week, but I haven’t gotten details yet. @BikePGH @BikePedPGH @billpeduto
BikePed person tweeted “1b”. Is that Twitter code?? What does that mean??
I tweeted them, as well. Can’t hurt to follow up and continue to squeeky wheel it to try to keep them accountable. I mean, honestly, how long are they going to keep it closed?
It’s pretty clear by now that what was initially claimed as ‘utility work’ is actually preliminary groundwork for Buncher’s development of the former parking district behind the Terminal Building. Which makes me wonder when that development was signed off on–I remember a bunch of uninspiring plans that were roundly panned, and then nothing.
Wishing I had time to go Downtown and look for permits for this work….
I’ve resorted to jumping the barriers and riding on the newly paved Railroad St. extension and have seen quite a few others do the same.
I’ve also seen people jump the barriers and ride the trail itself–including one while I was in the middle of taking a picture of said barrier….
Hmm, so there are no barriers to the trail being open other than the physical barriers on either side?
Well, it’s pretty wildly overgrown. The gate was open at one end recently, and I couldn’t ride very far before it was basically impassable.
I’d be down for a work crew outing, but the concrete barriers and chain-link fence need to be removed too.
Not just chain-link, either. I don’t recall it being there initially, but the barrier at the 11th Street end is topped with barbed wire, too.
4 months, they said. A bad winter. Summer, they said. Spring for sure. August, definitely.
It's not August anymore. pic.twitter.com/pW1iLLjJn8
— Bison bison (@infinitebuffalo) September 1, 2015
(and yes, for those who haven’t seen it already, someone has slapped a ‘condos suck’ sticker in the middle of the sign…)
Good news trail users! The Strip District Trail is to be open no later than October 31st 2015! Stay tuned for updates.
— Friends Riverfront (@FriendsRvrFront) September 8, 2015
“no later than October 31st 2015”
Still, not holding my breath. If this deadline passes again, maybe we should organize a ride on the trail. Kind of stick it to Buncher for lying to us.
This is great! The trail will be open just in time for winter, when it will become totally unrideable again!
Bets on whether the trail will be open AND two+ years of undergrowth has been cleared?
“AND two+ years of undergrowth has been cleared?”
Nope. I’m bringing my machete.
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