The Polish Hill lanes in particular are under attack by a vocal contingent who live in PH. We need to start counteracting that by calling, writing, thanking DPW and City Planning and the Mayor’s office.
@byogman; Shady/Beacon east to the curve is wide enough for lanes, with sharrows thereafter. I’m fond of that stretch because, in my imagination, it’s the highest spot in Squirrel Hill.
But I’m not sure it’s a regular bikeway.
I used to live near Shady & Forward and went to Pitt; I preferred riding through the 5-way cluster* to Wightman vs climbing up Shady (although there was also less total climbing involved so the results may be biased).
I seriously don’t get it. Brereton/Herron or Brereton/Paulowna outbound has at least a 3 light cycle wait to cross or turn onto Bigelow Blvd. at rush hour. It’s definitely not cyclists impeding traffic up there.
How do we know that PH residents are up in arms? Word of mouth?
Has there been similar opposition to other bike lanes installed around the city that we haven’t heard about – or is this a special case? I’m assuming there’s always going to be some small contingent of gripers about new paint, and curious if the Brereton lane complaints are out of the ordinary.
i bike through polish hill on a regular basis, and i have never encountered anything but enthusiastic smiles from the residents. the folks passing through at 40mph on a one lane road with two way traffic and jagoffs who pass me AT the stop sign..well i may have different interactions with people driving through. but i always kind of thought the neighborhood felt the same way as i did.
I only know what the bike/ped coordinator told me. He mentioned no names, only that they wrote to 311 calling for the bike lanes’ removal and that the complaint caught the attention of the director of DPW. I would simply just write some thank yous for the bike lanes to counteract the handful of negative complaints.