Great Allegheny Passage bicycle trail to Washington, D.C., opens today

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The last segment of the Great Allegheny Passage opened this morning, appropriately, in time for Bike to Work Day.

Linda McKenna Boxx, president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, said contractors are still on site completing a few tasks, but the route that crosses Sandcastle Waterpark and the neighboring Keystone Metals scrap yard is safe for cyclists.

First-timers should know the gate design at Haysglen Street was intended to stop cyclists before crossing the street because of large trucks that use that road, Ms. Boxx said.

A June 15 celebration in West Homestead and Downtown Pittsburgh will mark the official completion of the 330-mile trail network linking Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

Bike Pittsburgh will have hydration stations with swag bags from 7 to 9:30 a.m. today at various locations throughout the city for the annual Bike to Work Day.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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