Bike/Pedestrian unfriendly intersections

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zzwergel
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What experiment with the 40th St. Bridge?


StuInMcCandless
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One woman in Millvale got so sick of the city, county and PennDOT pointing fingers at one another over sidewalk maintenance, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

If you cross the upstream sidewalk, you will find her trash can. You can also donate to her expenses here.


zzwergel
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Forbes Ave. and Schenley Dr. Extension.

5th Ave. and University Pl.

5th Ave. at Darragh St./McKee Pl.

Sign by the Eliza Furnace Trail trailhead parking lot in Greenfield.


StuInMcCandless
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I rechecked within the past week. The corner of Babcock and Siebert in Ross Twp still has “No pedestrian crossing” signs across all four directions, quite a feat for a T intersection.


zzwergel
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Why are there these signs in Oakland?


Steven
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The one at University Place seems obvious. All cars exiting University Place must turn right, so if pedestrians crossed from the west side of University Place, they’d be contending with such cars. On the other hand, if they walk across the street to the east side of University Place, they can cross without interacting with any cars.

The situation at Darragh/McKee and Forbes/Schenley is similar. By placing a pedestrian crossing on only one side of the intersection, they can ensure that turning cars are never in contention with pedestrians crossing the wide one-way road. It’s an attempt to sacrifice some pedestrian convenience for safety.


zzwergel
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What about this intersection in Brookville, PA

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.1633902,-79.0977844,3a,60y,191.71h,91.61t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szzub2ivw8K-HtLPVoYuu9w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

“No pedestrian crossing” signs all the way around. What are pedestrians supposed to do? Jaywalk mid-block? Why can’t pedestrians just cross on green like they would in Lawrenceville with its many traffic lights without pedestrian signals?

Edit:

I just noticed this intersection is along PA bike route V.

  • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  zzwergel.
  • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  zzwergel.

zzwergel
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Bringing back this old thread.

It appears as if someone placed a trash can on the sidewalk at the Aspinwall end of the bridge.

Speaking of bad intersections, I have a few.

  • Sewickley Bridge/Rt. 51–Pedestrians and cyclists have to cross the rightmost traffic lane in order to reach the bridge Thankfully, the traffic seems to come in bursts.
  • Negley Ave./Coral St.–No marked crosswalk across Negley Ave.
  • Negley Ave./Baum Blvd.–“No crossing” signs force pedestrians on the northern sidewalk of Baum Blvd. to cross Baum Blvd twice which almost got me run over.
  • Liberty Ave./14th St.–An RRFB should be installed to alert traffic of pedestrians crossing to get to/from the bus stop.

Eric
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Go to the Penndot complaint site to tell them about the trashcan on the sidewalk. If it’s not them Penndot is nice enough to pass on the complaint to the right body (Allegheny county? O’Hara? Aspinwall?) Or a lot of times they’ll just deal with it.its 200 times better than city of Pittsburgh 311.

https://customercare.penndot.gov/Intranet/PennDOT/Press/eCCC.nsf/m_Start.xsp


zzwergel
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@eric,

I think someone placed it there so people would place there trash in it and not litter.


StuInMcCandless
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SewBr/51, note the nearby ghost bike for Emily Jancart. That spot is a hellhole.


Eric
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Zach, I know that you like to explore new places but please be careful. We don’t want to do a ghost bike for you.


zzwergel
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No, I did not see the ghost bike.

Did the rumble strips on Rt 65 in Kilbuck Township get redone since the latest Google Streetview run? This section of Rt. 65 has a wide shoulder on the north/westbound side of the road. The only problem is that there are rumble strips that fill the entire shoulder creating a death trap for cyclists. Instead of cross-posting, I will post a link here.

Route 65, (Ohio River Blvd) – Public Meeting on Wednesday Night (8/21)

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