In response to the “bikelash” thread, I propose a challenge. Take pictures of bicycle riders specifically in new Pittsburgh bike lanes, between now and let’s say, 11:59 pm Dec 31, 2014, post them here. No photos from A’dam or elsewhere, Pittsburgh. Rule 1, I would ask that the photos not be of a group ride or special event. Normal daily commuting and riding. Rule 2, no “trails” i.e. Eliza Furnace, etc. We want something to turn over to the powers that be as defensive ammo for the Bike Lane Haters, a picture book, so to speak. Heavy weather conditions merit special consideration. Time/date stamp would be good (can smartphones do that? Dunno). Whoever captures the most riders in a single image wins. In January I will buy the winner a beverage of choice at OTB at a time of convenience, to be arranged. I may even up the ante at some point.
Undoubtedly someone will do counts on these lanes at some point, but pictures speak. Go.
I usually come down Smallman, but detoured over to Penn at 21st just so I could use the lane down to 11th. I’m headed up Grant, so am rarely farther downtown on the Penn Ave lane, but I can help boost the numbers from 11th to 16th.
FWIW, I was there @8:20 (NOT at 10-o-freaking-clock, Eric Heyl!) and stood for only 3 light cycles before I was able to snag 4 cyclists at once. They trickled in 1 or 2 at a time on the other light cycles.
I was in a group of 4 cyclists myself on my trip back in, so catching dozens and dozens of cyclists during rush hour is easy.
This is OT re this thread, but yesterday I got caught in a frackin’ bicycle traffic jam on Ellsworth; about 6 bikes moving at different speeds not really able to pass each other due to the cars… It reminded me, for a moment, how it would feel to drive a car during rush hour.
I think i should stand at Perrysville and Milroy and count cars. For being a main street, there really isn’t all that much traffic. If I am off to the side sending a tweet, I might go a minute or two, some times of day, and not see a car in either direction. Other parts of the same street, like the Perry/East corner, get a lot more traffic.