Can Pittsburgh Learn to Love Bikes?

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mattre
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I was googling to find out how many miles of striped lanes Pittsburgh has (came up empty…does anyone know the answer?) and came across this gem from 2003: http://old.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20030518bikeslifestyle1p1.asp

“‘Compared with other cities, such as Eugene, Ore., and San Francisco, commuting by bicycle in Pittsburgh does not exist,’ said David Skillman, who has lived and cycled in both cities.”

I thought others might enjoy reading it. I was really struck by just how far we’ve come in the nine years since it was published.


mark
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thanks bike pgh!


erok
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yeah, i remember when this article came out. it was probably the largest article to that point about cycling in pittsburgh.

I was googling to find out how many miles of striped lanes Pittsburgh has (came up empty…does anyone know the answer?)

EDIT I TOOK FROM THE WRONG PLACE: THIS IS NOW CORRECT

I’m showing that we have about 27 miles of roadway striped or marked with sharrows. Since some roads are one way and some are 2-way, if you count both directions, it looks like there are about 27 miles of bike lanes and about 23 miles of roads that are marked with sharrows, so about 50 miles of painted, marked routes


erok
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that number includes the fresh lanes that just went in on Thomas as well. so as an example, that is about .5 miles of roadway, but since there are bike lanes on each side, it’s 1 mile of bikelane


erok
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also, if you found that article interesting, check out this post i made in 2009 regarding how far the humble bike rack has come.

http://bike-pgh.org/blog/2009/10/30/politics-of-the-simple-bike-rack-how-far-weve-come-since-2004/


erok
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Please note I made an edit to my calculations above. I for some reason forgot to include bike lanes that were installed before 2007


Pierce
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On the note of Thomas, those are probably some of the best bike lanes in the city. There’s seemingly space accounting for the door zone and the bike lane isn’t in it


scott
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Thomas is so wide it was designed for a painted buffer between the parked cars and the bike lane, but they opted out of the buffer while painting because they thought it didn’t give enough room for parked cars. Either way it works.


jonawebb
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Looking for a thread to post this, and this seems best. I was talking with a consulting engineer on PAT’s BRT project Sunday and it appears that the BRT project is absolutely the best option for getting a direct bike-only route between Oakland and downtown. They (the consulting engineers) have an option to build a bike lane along the BRT, which they are presenting to PAT. But there is significant opposition to this, especially in the Uptown area, because one likely impact of this is to increase the land values there, which would displace long time residents and social services agencies. PAT doesn’t really care one way or the other about the bike lane, so the only way it will happen is if the bike community clearly expresses its interest and pushes to make it happen. We could, for example, request a public meeting on this issue, to counterbalance the opposition in Uptown (no further meetings on this are scheduled right now). I may not be able to attend such a meeting — they always seem to be held weekdays in the early evening, when I’m riding home — but I hope people get excited enough about the possibility of a direct bike route between Oakland and Downtown to push for this. You could, for example, discuss this with the city’s bike coordinator, Stephen.Patchan@city.pittsburgh.pa.us (412-393-0150).

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