I live about a mile and a half from my place of employment, and the two places are connected by a the Pittsburgh Heritage Trail.
The riverfront ride provides some very senic and serene morning views. I don't have to put up with traffic. My ride distance is actually shorter than the equivalent drive because of some inconvienent one-way streets.
- The City of Pittsburgh! Vehicles are needed for occasional maintenance and are usually careful and politely stop while I pass. Occasionally there are less than careful drivers who drive way too fast. In the 10 months that I have been commuting this way, I have had two close calls, mostly around blind corners where I slow down and the driver does not.
- The City of Pittsburgh II. The city has a cleaning vehicle that reminds me of the Zamboni because it leaves a streak of water in its wake. The hillarious thing is that they use this machine when the air temperature is below freezing! I assumed that the city would be smart enough not to do this and therefore did not consider the danger the first time I encountered the situation. I rode my bike over what I thought was water but in fact was a sheet of ice and had a near encounter with the river.
- Geese. The geese get aggressive when they're protecting their young, hissing at me as I try to pass. They also aren't able to understand that my direction of travel indicates my future position. They know they want to get out of my way but they end up waddling back and forth in an alarmed fashion without actually clearing a path for me.
I took these pictures during one of my morning commutes. Notice the lack of human traffic. It's so peaceful!
Some days, the ride is more interesting than others. My most memorable ride home was during a wind storm. The tail wind I had was so strong that I was able to travel about 1 mile without ever pedaling. I just sat back and was pushed home!
Here is some scenery after a week of rain caused the river to overflow onto the trail:
Last modified: Sat Jan 20 14:42:25 EST 2007