Cyclists were not disappointed with views of the nests of the bald eagle, osprey, red-tailed hawk and American kestrel for the recent Raptor Row Ride in the Homestead area, which was organized by the Steel Valley Trail Council.
More than 50 cyclists pedaled the 18 mile route with stops at raptor nests where volunteers were stationed with spotting scopes and telescopic cameras offering upclose views. Pittsburgh TribLive May 4, 2017
Cue the bald eagle. The Steel Valley Trail Council is sponsoring the Raptor Row Ride on April 29, which is likely Pittsburgh’s first-ever bike event spotlighting the nests of the region’s birds of prey. The off-road trail ride features stops at the nests of the Pittsburgh Hays bald eagles, ospreys, red-tailed hawks, American Kestrels, and a rescued live owl from the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center.Pittsburgh TribLive Apr 25, 2017
The Steel Valley Trail Council’s April 29 bike ride aims to capitalize on the public’s rapt attention for raptors. The Raptor Row Ride along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail will have stops not just at the Hays bald eagles’ nest, which people around the world watch via “eagle cam,” but also at several lesser-known nesting sites where birds of prey successfully raised offspring last year. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Apr 22, 2017
The GAP trail sits on the Monongahela River’s left bank (the left bank from the point of view of a boat floating downstream). The GAP trail is a great success. On the right bank, however, between Hazelwood and Braddock, there is no such continuous trail. It is difficult to travel along the river there by bike or foot and difficult to get over the river to the GAP trail on the other side. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan 29, 2017
A time lapse of the bridge being lifted into place over Norfolk Southern and Union Railroad tracks in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, a bit upstream of Rankin Bridge. This flyover is a critical link in the Steel Valley Trail along the Monongahela River, which forms part of the Great Allegheny Passage bike/pedestrian trail from Pittsburgh toward Washington DC. July 7, 2010 YouTube Video