April 30, 2019

Riverfront Rides

Pittsburgh is known for its three rivers: the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio. There’s an extensive trail system that follows alongside each of them, so what better way to explore them than on two wheels?

 

North Shore Trail (30 mins, flat terrain)

  • Start at the North Shore Trail + Fort Duquesne Bridge station, located off of North Shore Drive.

Taking the trail west, you will pass:
– the Carnegie Science Center
– Rivers Casino
– Bicycle Heaven

Taking the trail east, you will pass:
– PNC Park
– Kayak Pittsburgh
– Pittsburgh Food Truck Park (seasonal)

 

Point State Park to Strip District Trail (30-45 mins, flat terrain)

  • Start at the Liberty Ave + Stanwix St station downtown.
  • Head west on Liberty Ave until you reach Point State Park.
  • Explore the paths around Point State Park.
  • Take the trail from Point State Park fountain along the Allegheny River side heading east.
  • This trail will take you all the way to 24th St. in the Strip District, where you can return your bike at the 24th St + Smallman St station.

 

Eliza Furnace Trail (30 mins, flat terrain)

  • Start at the First Ave + B St station downtown.
  • Head east on First Ave until you reach the First Ave Parking Garage—the trail entrance is next to it.
  • Head east on the Eliza Furnace Trail (also known as the Three Rivers Heritage Trail) for 2 miles.
  • The trail ends at Swinburne St in South Oakland, so you could either ride back to downtown or backtrack to the Hot Metal Bridge.
  • If you cross the Hot Metal Bridge, take Hot Metal St to Sidney St and turn right on Sidney St.
  • Return your bike at the 27th St + Sidney St station.

 

South Side Trail (30-45 mins, flat terrain)

  • Start at the 27th St + Sidney St station and head north on Sidney St until you reach the South Side Trail.

Taking the trail west, you can exit the trail at 18th St, 9th St, and 4th St. The trail ends at 4th St, and stations are located at 12th St + E Carson St and 18th + Sidney St.

Heading east, the trail becomes the Great Allegheny Passage starting at the Hot Metal Bridge. The GAP goes all the way to Washington, DC, but our bike share system’s most eastward station is 27th + Sidney St. For the very adventurous, you can ride to the shopping center at the Waterfront (about a 30-45 minute trail ride). However, we do not currently have any stations at this location, so you would have to return it to a station elsewhere.

 

Check out BikePGH.org for the full Pittsburgh Bike Map.

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