Winter riding conditions report
Well I sent the county a message on their new annoying and harder to navigate website:
Their new logo also sucks. At first I had to go back on my search engine because I thought I pulled up some other Allegheny County.
If somebody figures out the contact info to get stuff like this fixed I’ll add it to the BikingPgh site so we don’t have to keep looking it up. (Same for other places like parks etc.) Just send me the info or post it here.
Just called Allegheny Public Works and put in a request
They said calling is preferable to putting info in the contact form because somehow the form isn’t automated, a webmaster has to route them and sometimes they go to the wrong people and then they have to be re-routed
I put this on a page at http://bikingpgh.com/index.php?title=Street_and_trail_maintenance
Just got a call back from a county supervisor, who says he is also a cyclist. Apparently their street sweeper(s?) is undergoing weatherization/winter maintenance so it will be out of commission until mid-March. He is going to send people to come out and pick up any large items tomorrow though
I do recall the City 311 telling me last year that they couldn’t run the sweeper while it’s cold out, though 40th St did get (mostly) swept this morning.
Hopefully they can find a broom or two somewhere in the garage…
I saw a street sweeper on penn ave in the strip district on saturday. (not neccesarily in the bike lanes).
This was right after I saw a car going the wrong way on the one way section of penn between 30th and 31st street.
Street sweepers were out this morning.
In fact, I saw a street sweeper make a U turn on Grant St. during rush hour….traveling North in the Southbound lanes….then making a right on red across three lanes of traffic from the wrong side of the road.
I really hope I got that on my camera. Seeing all the opposing traffic scramble out of the guy’s way was scary.
I followed the street sweeper up Fifth to a right on Grant, where it was cleaning the curb lane. This was around 10 a.m. I didn’t stick around to see where it went after that, or how, but it was probably the same one.
The street sweepers need to hit the ELB bike lanes. And black street. Guess I need to request it again.
I got stuck in two heavy downpours from those dark clouds. Couldn’t outrun it on the jail trail. I left work on the north side and the line of dark clouds were nearly overhead. Some dude in a GPOA kit was doing about 25 past me on the jail trail and couldn’t beat it either. There were massive tailwinds, and I admit I was going about 20-21 easily, but I warn people when I pass. I don’t rely on others hearing my bike’s drivetrain to know that I am passing, and I don’t wear earphones on mixed use trails. The rain was warm. I was wearing shorts, no gloves, no jacket, and a light downhill long sleeve jersey and was totally fine. Not cold at all
Jail Trail along the Second Ave parking lot was flooded this evening. Went through the lot instead. Same goes for a stretch right before the eagle viewing area on the GAP
Tomorrow morning’s commute: wet roads & ~38 F. Could be close to black ice conditions except that the roads are warm from the last few days.
Looking at Friday, temps in the 20’s. Stud’d tires it is (aka the “boat anchors”).
Later Friday looks OK, if cold. But I may bus the bike in that morning. Slop and salt are not my friends, particularly in the suburbs.
Critical Mass is still on, at this writing.
2/25/16 8H15 Oakland to Downtown. There was a strong headwind inbound, some light snow/sleet. Nothing notable.
Didn’t ride yesterday, had an appointment. Briefly considered taking the fatbike w/ platform pedals down, but the suit/peacoat/dress shoes combo along with the rain made me rethink it, sadly. Riding the 68 wasn’t as fun as the bike commute by a long shot. Sorry Port Authority, it’s not you, it’s me.
Roads were dry when i rode in (Lawrenceville -> Oakland) this morning about 9:40, but the snow/sleet/whatever was rather sharp. Goggles would’ve helped…
Forecast for this evening and tonight calls for winds gusting to 40–50mph, btw. Also, the river’s already up and still rising; expect the Mon Wharf to be flooded by morning.
@stuinmccandless wrote “Critical Mass is still on, at this writing.”
Could you please post the time & place & plan somewhere? I don’t see an announcement. Thanks. (There’s a chance I’ll turn out.)
CM is always the last Friday of the month, 6 p.m., at Dippy. Tires roll at 6:15.
Here is the plan.
From the Facebook post:
Disregard the date on the attachment. It’s this Friday.
We have two reports of law-abiding, lane-taking cyclists getting pulled over on the North Side and threatened with tickets. Anyone up for a nice little ride down the length of North Avenue? Dippy to Craig to Baum to Gold to Herron to 28th to Penn to 16th to East Ohio to Cedar to North, to Allegheny Avenue to around past the Science Center, then back over the river on the Fort Duq Bridge, and go our separate ways from there.
There is also this thread.
2/26/16 anyone have a status update on EFT/Jail Trail? I’ll post after I get to the office, but I’m hedging towards the fast utility beater. From the window, looks dry out there.
In McCandless, packed snow from last night, frozen runoff, several places. I suspect any local street or paved surface in the area will be similar.
2/26/16 8H15 Oakland to Downtown. South Oakland roads, EFT/Jail Trail dry and carve worthy. Some wind. Couple of hand sized patches of ice, I guess, near Second Ave parking lot…nothing really of concern if you’re paying attention.
0940 — Lawrenceville to Oakland — big patch of ice at the bottom of the 40th St Bike Lane at Butler, but roads otherwise seemed dry and clear.
The thread seems stuck.
But lots of ‘flakes’ spotted on the river trails today. Please slow down and be courteous.
Yeah, i posted and showed as the last poster but it didn’t post.
From a post I just made on fb:
To those of you who take Neville down to boundary to junction hollow trail, be cautious. I noticed a waterfall coming off of the hillside where there is construction next to the CMU parking garage. As a result, there are large rocks, mud, and debris from the rail road tracks down to where the road once narrowed.
Oh and broken glass and debris in the ELB bike lanes between highland and negley going in that direction. Please help me 311 that for a street cleaning.
That’s the result of a broken 12″ water main on Forbes.
2/29/16 8H15 Oakland to Downtown. Almost got t-boned coming up from the wood ramp to get on EFT/Jail Trail didn’t get the plate, mostly b/c I was so shocked that someone was hauling down EFT in a vehicle. Fast moving newer white pickup going inbound, drove down the dirt ramp under Birmingham Bridge, was right behind another rider with lights going inbound. There is also some type of machinery/vehicles and workers taking up about 3/4 of the trail slightly past the wood ramp, they are going down into the manhole for some reason.
On Friday going into town just before midday there were six! trucks going the opposite way. This is getting way the hell out of hand.
Neville/Boundary street was well swept when I went through around noon today.
Wonder where The Tartan got their info. Every other site I’ve seen, including most PWSA posts about it, says it was a 20″ main.
At any rate, PWSA is now saying Forbes will probably be closed until Thursday evening: https://twitter.com/pgh2o/status/704419085820428289
To be sort of fair, I have seen a sweeper the ELB next to the construction site in the last week or two (it was a company truck).
When I passed by they were sweeping the parking strip between the sidewalk and the bike path. Oh well.
Still broken glass in ELB bike lane. With new potholes, too.
Also be careful if you’re taking Morewood from Forbes to fifth. Because of that water main break, the cars are stacking up at the light on morewood at fifth in the left lane. The left lane is left turn and straight only lane. The right lane is right turn only lane. Drivers are either confused, but more likely don’t care, and are using the right lane to go straight. It isn’t just a case of drivers going right around a left turning car in front of them. It is more like sitting in the right lane at a light with an assumption that the traffic to the left is only going to go left and not straight (there is no left turn arrow). So while I was in the correct lane to go straight on morewood, I had drivers to my right merge into me when the light turned green. Be safe.
3/1/16 Wet out there right now, they’re projecting below freezing temps for tomorrow’s morning commute.
Lots of wind tonight means lots of debris everywhere. Tomorrow may be trash day in Friendship–watch for bags and boxes blown into the road all over the place…
Also, giant puddle on Friendship inbound just past Eveline (or maybe Winebiddle?).
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