Winter Riding Hazards
Anonymous 01/06/2013 at 5:47pm #
the city has finally cleared moest of the HMB as of Friday. a big section was plowed, but then it appears to hae had approximatley 9,456,242,563,542,356 cubic tons of salt dropped on the decking in conveinient 3 foot diameter piles.
and the ramps a the Americcan Eagle end are still kinda fubarred.
pantehr hollow is fine.
Anonymous 01/06/2013 at 10:45pm #
I had a great from Ben Avon to Oakland and back, today. The trails around town are looking pretty good for the most part, with largish sections still covered with slushy snow and ice. I’m sure those sections are refreezing at night and are quite dangerous. It was a great ride and I saw several other cyclists out and about, mostly around Schenley Park area. I got a new 35mm knobby mounted on the back today, and tested it on the snowy trail from the Phipps Conservatory, down the trail through Schenley Park to the duck pond and across the railroad tracks at the bottom. It worked fantastic. All in all a great ride!
anyone try riding the trail from the casino to western pen ill bet its still pretty bad after you go down river from the casino
Anonymous 01/07/2013 at 3:32pm #
@Bear, you are 100% correct. The casino is at present, the line of demarcation for snow/ice.
Did anyone 311 about the trail west of the casino? I sent in numerous notices for Panther Hollow and ETF, but rarely ride west of Carnegie Science Center.
Anonymous 01/07/2013 at 7:56pm #
I haven’t, but I did happen to msg the guy that blasts out msgs about traffic/weather for PGH and I know he read it and repeated it.
40SB walkways are still a mess. Schleped the bike on foot on the for the AM commute and braved it in the single outbound traffic lane in the PM. The lane did feel wider than I expected. Drivers were patient and courteous, barring a couple 2-foot passes.
The jail trail and panther hollow are pretty much fine now. It was painful using 35 small knobbies today. Yikes.
i drove down to the trail before work this morning yea its still really snow covered with the warmer weather coming im hoping it will be rideable maybee by friday
Anonymous 01/08/2013 at 3:17am #
50’s & rain expected thursday, i’d expect prettymuch everything to be rideable this weekend. a extra bit of mud here & there.
Anonymous 01/08/2013 at 3:56pm #
schmenjamin: Tried to bike commute to my office in Millvale for the first time this winter. 40SB outbound sidewalk still basically impassible. Also, I typically take the sidewalk on the scary part of E.Ohio St. That sidewalk is still covered too, which surprised me.
So when you’re going back toward the bridge, did you ride up E. Ohio St.? That little inbound stretch scares me because you get people merging toward the bridge off 28S and not even yielding to cars. I guess I will try it but I plan to be super cautious.
FYI, as of this morning, the walkway on the outbound side of the bridge was marginally passable. It looks like someone may have taken some time to clear off a strip of the sidewalk. Still a very rough ride at points.
When I took the inbound traffic lane yesterday I waited for a break in traffic at the ped crosswalk by the Millvale trailhead, then hauled up the scary part of E. Ohio just in time for the green light. If I try this today I may pull over again at the beginning of the bridge to take advantage of the traffic cycle. Good luck.
Anonymous 01/08/2013 at 11:35pm #
The trail past the casino is STILL all iced up, as of early afternoon, today…
The Northeast Passage is still a friggin mess. Possibly the slicks were not the right choice today.
Maybe we can use some of the huge piles of salt from the jail trail to salt other trails.
Almost every year I have been able to shovel one of those leftover piles into a bucket to use on my driveway. I have thought about carrying a plastic bag to gather up some salt to redistribute to an area that needs it more when I am riding.
It will all be moot after this weekend’s thaw.
The feeling when you are leaving for work, the snow has melted, and you realize studded tires are still mounted on your bike.
Anonymous 01/09/2013 at 3:06am #
I wanted to give a nod to Sloaps for the post about the switchbacks on the Hot Metal Bridge! I was out for some beers and a ride yesterday and remembered that post. Two of the switchbacks were treacherous indeed but I managed to not bust my ass. Knawlidje is power!
Plenty of spots of black ice on my ride this morning, but damn it felt good to be out. I took it easy and did fine.
The scary thing was that I think about 0 of the cars saw the ice they were all driving on.
There were patches of ice on the switchback on the north shore side of the fort Duquesne ped bridge and a little bit on the jail trail in the area of the bates street overpass. But it was a very very pleasant and fast ride into work over.
I motorcycled in. Same sorts of hazards, but going 2x to 4x faster. Black ice is everywhere.
I have no idea how I missed the can of HTFU on the previous page. Awesome.
I saw on Twitter that the jail trail has been cleared. The Brady St camera is unavailable right now — but this is great news. Calling 311 to thank them.
This morning, there was a plow going down 376 and I took some of the snow right to the goggles. Reminded me of getting pelted with snowballs as a kid — I loved it. I just wish this wasn’t happening in March..
Anyone try these SlipNots?
fyi, they were plowing EFT this morning. much appreciated, for sure.
Weird thing — usually, in the winter, I find motorists to be more respectful, or perhaps pitying, but last night I got yelled at on the Triborough Expressway (not a good place to make a cogent argument about how I should get a license, BTW — PG comments section is better), honked at twice more there, and then yelled at on Shady while I was waiting to turn onto Douglas. I don’t think I was being more obnoxious than usual.
Hey, a 3-1-1 email to thank the City for clearing the EFT would be nice. Let them know that people notice (and are appreciative….)
It might encourage them to do it regularly!
Swalfoort wrote:Hey, a 3-1-1 email to thank the City for clearing the EFT would be nice. Let them know that people notice (and are appreciative….)
It might encourage them to do it regularly!
I’ll do that, for sure.
J Z wrote:Anyone try these SlipNots?
I’d be interested in an assessment of these too. Definitely overkill for the road, but I wonder if they would be a good solution for mountain biking when Frick turns into a skating rink? Being able to leave the same knobbies on all winter and just take chains on and off as necessary would be wonderfully convenient.
Ate it a half hour ago, be aware that the wooden bridge/ramp that transitions from EFT/Jail Trail to 2nd Ave is iced over. Rest of the road has some slick sections, but be aware.
The bike lanes on Forbes were looking really icy as of this afternoon; if you ride there you’ll probably need to take the lane. Do any of you commute there regularly? What do you do about that?
I’m trying to figure out my winter route to work, since I’m probably not willing to ride through Frick Park to Reynolds if the trails are alternating between ice and mud. Did some reconnoitering this afternoon in my car. So far I’m thinking of heading down to Thomas Blvd. instead of taking Forbes. Less climbing too – though that makes it colder!
Not sure what your commute is but coming from Oakland heading west, I would always rather go through Schenley Park than up Forbes. When I ride to the coop from near Forbes and Murray, I usually cut through the cemetery, where often the roads are in better shape than the public streets.
Marko82 wrote:Shout out to Peter W. in the PG
Finally broke down and picked up a set of Nokian/Suomi Mount & Ground studded tires, after a couple spills.
Loving my snow tires these days. I haven’t slipped since I put them on weeks ago.
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