Winter Riding Hazards

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Pierce
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You guys are lucky. I ride on the sandcastle leg of the GAP, where there’s no expectation of it ever being cleared. My only hope now is warm weather, or I’ll be riding through frozen ruts until April. (So far it’s not that bad, but last year, it was literally several inches of frozen icy ruts.)


mjacobPGH
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EFT is 3rd Division/6th and the Penn lanes are 6th Division. Streets take priority and things can get bumped down the list as the Primary roads regain priority when it snows again(like right now).


Pierce
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Thomas Blvd bike lanes were pretty crappy last night. Looks like they might have gone over them once, but then all the parked cars get snow all over the place when people clear them off/move them


buffalo buffalo
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Most of Liberty’s outbound lane between Main and Mathilda was ok this morning, although the block between Mathilda and Millvale strangely seemed to have been skipped.

(The sidewalks, OTOH, were shameful. Almost nobody past Ella, at least on the outbound side, even looked to have tried to shovel–including the church.)


J Z
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The Schenley Drive lanes were swept last night, but there was patchy ice up and down it, in front of Phipps. Downtown is not bad.


Ahlir
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Solutions exist…


neilmd
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Schenley drive was a total mess tonight.


Pierce
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I was slightly disheartened this morning to see that the only tracks along the Waterfront shortcut where my own from the previous evening :/

Did see a pedestrian footprint on the Sandcastle leg though


J Z
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I would strongly advise that one not have any exposed skin this morning.


neilmd
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My only issues are that my thumbs get a little cold (not awful) and I have to be careful about my glasses fogging. I went with double booties today and that kept my feet snug. I’ve also been putting my light shell over my rain jacket as a double outer layer over a wool base and a long-sleeved jersey.


Mick
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I rode to work today for the first time this year.

When I came down around the bend on 5th headed to the Birmingham Bridge, I noticed that it was cool and breezy.

I am inordinantly proud of myself.


Ted
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The Penn Ave bike lanes continue to be full of snow. The outbound ones especially have basically been unusable since the snow started earlier this week. If they were plowed at some point, it’s hard to tell. I 311ed this on Tuesday morning and got this response:

The road crews are given 8-12 hours to have the roads cleared after the end of the snowfall. I will pass this information along to Public Works, however all trucks are currently dispatched and working on clearing the streets. If a street remains uncleared after this time, please report to us so that we may notify Public Works.

Well, it’s been 8-12 hours, so I guess I’ll contact 311 again?


J Z
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StuInMcCandless
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My favorite old link here.


J Z
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When I left this morning at 7, temps were hoving in the 34-36F range, enough for any residual salt to keep the high usage roads fairly okay. Take extra time today, there is slush on top of some of that still frozen/melting hardpack in lower usage areas.

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