After over 10 years of discussion and planning, the Montour Trail Council
has been able to establish a bicycle route into (and, of course, out
of) Pittsburgh International Airport. The Grand Opening will be
in Spring 2012, but we have permission to use it now -- that is, we now
have a "soft" opening. That means that you can plan your 2012 tours
to bike directly to or from Pittsburgh Airport.
The new Montour Trail Airport Connector connects the Enlow Ball Park (aka Five Points) trailhead of the Montour Trail to the Airport, a distance of a bit over 6 miles. Along the way (about 1.5 miles from the airport) the Connector travels a short distance on Clinton Rd, so people who just want to start a road tour don't need to go all the way over to the Montour Trail. Please note that the Connector runs through the airport security area, except for the short stretch on public Clinton Rd. It is ***VERY*** important to stay on the road and refrain from loitering in the airport security area.
The announcement of the soft opening is below. It describes the route from Enlow/Five Points into the airport. A map is available at http://linkup.shaw-weil.com/images/airport-cxn.jpg -- this map shows Enlow and Clinton as well as the airport.
When you get to the end of the Connector trail in the extended-term parking lot, you'll be at the end of a corridor with moving sidewalks. Walk your bike through this corridor to get to the terminal. You'll be on the security level. Checkin is up one level from here, baggage claim is one level down. To get from baggage claim to the trail, follow signs to extended-term parking and go to the end of the corridor.
Here is the announcement from the Montour Trail Council:
|Click the map to get a larger image.
Bike parking in extended term parking at the end of the airport hallway. Entering Airport Property at Clinton Road. Entering Airport Property at gate MMM on McCaslin Rd near Clinton. Placing the pieces of the roadway signs in the extended term parking lot. Bolting a sign to the post.
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