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Old 08-22-19, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
If I were riding to the Holiday Inn Express late at night and mid-week and I had a good front and rear light on my bike, I'd ride right down Grant Street, turn right onto Ft. Pitt Blvd., turn left and cross the Smithfield Street Bridge. Then turn left on Carson. At the hour that Amtrak gets in and on a mid-week night, I'd probably ride on the sidewalk on Carson, turning left on 10th Street to the hotel. Probably a 15 to 20 minute ride. On the weekends, Carson is crazy busy (lots of bars and restaurants that are open quite late), both car and pedestrian-wise, you'd either need to ride a back street or just walk your bike part of the way, depending on traffic and your personal comfort level.

Here's a map: Pittsburgh Amtrak to Holiday Inn Express South Side Modify it as you see fit. Not sure about a shuttle service. Maybe Uber if you can order a larger vehicle/minivan? Enjoy your ride!
Definitely sidewalk it on Carson Street, it's one of the few streets in the city I'm actually terrified to ride on.
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Old 08-22-19, 12:22 PM
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Definitely sidewalk it on Carson Street, it's one of the few streets in the city I'm actually terrified to ride on.
Carson street is a LONG street. It depends on where you are, Between Mckees Rocks and Pittsburgh, it can be dangerous during rush hour. Southside is not bad at all unless late at night and there are drunks. But there are back street options there. Between southside and Homestead can be a bit dangerous but you noe have the option of a bike trail.
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Old 08-22-19, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
Definitely sidewalk it on Carson Street, it's one of the few streets in the city I'm actually terrified to ride on.
The only times I've ridden on Carson was during the Icicle Bicycle New Day's rides that the Western PA Wheelmen sponsor every year. In fact, the portion on Carson is the reason I stopped doing that ride. Even on New Year's Day morning, with a large group of riders, I didn't feel comfortable on that street.
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Old 08-22-19, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Carson street is a LONG street. It depends on where you are, Between Mckees Rocks and Pittsburgh, it can be dangerous during rush hour. Southside is not bad at all unless late at night and there are drunks. But there are back street options there. Between southside and Homestead can be a bit dangerous but you noe have the option of a bike trail.

I ride between the West End and Duquesne Incline several times a week as part of my work commute, yes it's worse than in the South Side proper, but South Side section of Carson is still not the best street to ride on as it's heavily congested and can be a little tight in places so I get off of Carson Street at the earliest possible time. If riding during the day, which this couple is not, I would advise they take the trail or back streets. South Side is the party district and 3 major universities have students that live/party there so I'd argue any night on the South Side it would be safer to stay on the sidewalk. All that said, Wynnewood, the South Side is a great area overall and there are lots of neat Pittsburgh places to visit there.


@spinnaker we seem to always have opposite opinions when it comes to safety around here...


@Altair, I used to do the Icicle Bicycle ride as well, but haven't the past couple years but that's primarily because of family obligations, well last year was a hangover but family was involved in that as well.


I actually have an old video from my commute showing Carson Street. I come on to it around the 1:20 mark. Though it's not the South Side section...


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