Bike corrals, they're happening

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rsprake
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I am sure Erok is preparing a blog post this very second.

OTB is getting one.

Shadyside is getting one, or two.

Yay!


scott
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salty
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Holy crap is that awesome! Anyone up for a christening tonight?


rsprake
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It’s seitan wing night and the South Shore Riverfront Park party is tonight as well, 6-8.


scott
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We’re offering free bike valet at the SSRP opening


Benzo
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I always wondered why the parking garage at bellefonte didn’t have any bike racks. Seemed odd to me.


scott
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So we’re hearing that the city may just be striping the corral in front of OTB today. The racks might not be going in for a couple of weeks.


bhattenb
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Very cool news. I hope Tazza D’oro eventually gets one, too. The two bike racks in front of the shop are often full. Plus, I think that would help alleviate the congestion on the sidewalk before the Tuesday evening rides.


ejwme
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I can’t read. First saw “bike corals” and pictured serene underwater structures of brightly colored bicycles with fish swimming between spokes. Realized mistake and understood “bike corrals” but instead jumped to cowboys herding a gaggle of bikes into a corral, complete with bells and moos.

This is really cool. I’m starting to have more and more hope that I’ll actually be here to see Pittsburgh become the kind of place I really do want to be, with proper infrastructure like this. Shadyside so desperately needs this!!


Marko82
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I really like the one pic that shows some flower planter boxes on the upstream edge of the corral, I hope we do this too – much nicer than just some bollards.


Vannevar
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Does the business owner pay for the installation, or does the city?


Marko82
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Wait for the angry letters from people complaining about GIVING bicyclist spots away for free when the rates are increasing for drivers to park.

So if it cost $2 an hour to park a car, and you can fit 12 bikes in a spot – I’d let them round up to 20 cents for an hour. Now where’s that change jar.


rsprake
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Stephen
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@ Vannevar- The city pays for the purchase and installation of the facility. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance.


Stephen
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If you’re a property owner of a business, or a business owner who can get the property owners consent AND you’re interested in having a corral, call me @ 412-393-0150. warning- I’ll ask you to canvas the street to get adjacent biz’s consent.

If you’re not a biz or property owner, please feel free to spread the word. The City has 3 more corrals that we’d like to install this summer.


scott
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There’s going to be a story in tomorrow’s PG about this. Their angle seems to be “which corral is actually first?” I told them we don’t think that’s the real story, but…


salty
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well, I’d hoped to come to the park opening and then go see if the corral was or was not there, but I didn’t make it – any news?

on a tangent, does the park being open mean the trail connection to the HMB is also open?


Marko82
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The connection was open last night. Just be careful of folks coming off the bridge, they wont be expecting cross traffic.


scott
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The corral was painted, but no racks or candlesticks were in yet at OTB.

Here’s the article in today’s paper. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/bicyclists-are-the-winners-in-this-race-634329/


edmonds59
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When 2 pols are sniping about who got in the first bike corral, that’s a good thing. Awesome.


StuInMcCandless
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Parking garage: $10 Million. Bike corral: $3,000.


sloaps
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I’m go out on a limb and say they’re both firsts. Old Man Pedutes codified a method to *hopefully* make the process easy to get these installed as people may desire, and the Mayor/ administration assisted OTB in getting a corral on a state road in two existing metered parking spaces. Bawwws.

Devil in me wants this to be an election issue: Portlandia episode in real life.


erok
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well, there is some effort by the the bike/ped coordinator to codify it. peduto also complicated it by making his design have to go thru the art commission, instead of just being plain ol’ parking.


erok
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with that said, i hope he succeeds


rsprake
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I think that can be a good thing, just wish they could review it a little faster. Article says it will be installed in August which is a long time from now. Why not install the parking now and beautify it later?


buffalo buffalo
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> Why not install the parking now and beautify it later?

+many.

It’s useful to have city commissions meet publicly and with sufficient notice to be there–although given that they meet during workdays I don’t know how useful it really is…–but one does start to wonder about footdragging and delaying tactics…


StuInMcCandless
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It does seem like an 80/20 thing, i.e., we could be 80% of the ideal with 20% of the work and have it tomorrow, like we did for Parking Day.

More like 95/5, really. We could have *something* in place in a couple *hours*, to use all summer.

Make it pretty later. Function before form.


orionz06
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Is it sad that I am hoping for more comments on the article?


rsprake
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There, I commented.


stefb
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Oooohhhh. Burn on Baltimore at the end.


StuInMcCandless
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There, I commented, too.


ejwme
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ok, maybe I’m dense, but what does bike parking have to do with art? How can bike parking be less beautiful than a parking meter?

How many parking meters and parking spots for cars went through the art commission?


Mick
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@ejwme How can bike parking be less beautiful than a parking meter?

Now THAT spurred my imagination!


Kordite
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Bike Coral


TeamDecaf
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^ Bike Coral pics = cool. It looks like the same bike in 2 different, colorful locations.


scott
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<i>How many parking meters and parking spots for cars went through the art commission?</i>

and then she drops the mic. bam!


scott
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by the way Eleanor, you should post that comment in under the story on the PG site.


ejwme
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I don’t FB, so I couldn’t post. If someone wants to plagarize, I’m all for it.

It’s fantastic that they’re doing it, but the Art Commission thing just shows they still don’t understand why they’re doing it.


jonawebb
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Hey, on a related note, I heard Whole Foods has a bike repair / tire inflation station. Anyone used it?


scott
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I’ve used it. They’ve had it for about a year now. I’ve seen a number of other people use it as well.

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