You may not have been aware, but Pittsburgh is apparently an up-and-coming place for cyclists. In recent years, much has been done to expand the bike paths available, and also to add bike lanes to frequently-traveled roads in the city. There is even now a connecting bike path from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC! (That, of course, is an Achievement for another year!)
We decided to try out the popular Eliza Furnace Trail today. It starts at the edge of downtown, goes past the jail, and goes up to the Hot Metal Bridge in the South Side. From there, you can cross over and keep connecting all around the city on bike paths!
We went down during lunch time and rented bikes from Golden Triangle Bike Rentals. They have a discount during lunch hour, and they provide you with some helpful tips, and a map, and a little fanny pack on your bike to keep your camera! I was won over instantly. 🙂
(They also have a little trailer that I soooo want to put the Lucybug in the next time we attempt this!)
We could not have picked a better day. It was cool and breezy, even though it was sunny and beautiful. We took the trail all the way down to the Hot Metal Bridge, crossed the Monongohela, and came back through the South Side, crossing over the Smithfield Street Bridge to get back into the city.
The start of the trail is a little weird – you are on a separate bike path, but very close to 376 Parkway East. You can see the river from the path though! Here is the Birmingham Bridge, which connects Oakland and the Hill District to the South Side.
I like industrial settings, and I thought this concrete plant looked neat set against the perfectly-blue sky. This plant is along Second Avenue, and can be seen from the highway and the Boulevard of the Allies.