Dangerous drivers thread
Wow, looks like KDKA is interested in the 18th Street video now. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
HNG 3156 silver Ford Escape. Less than 2′ pass on Stockton Ave in the North Side, between Sandusky and Anderson. Driver felt compelled to get to the red light on Anderson faster than me. SMH
Not that I have anyone in particular to point out, but I go through the roundabout at Reynolds St & Homewood Ave (Point Breeze) daily on my commute. I have close calls probably once every week or two. It gets my goat that people either cut me off or just fail to yield while I’m trying to bike through it. This week it was an older man in a white Chevy of some sort – I don’t think he even saw me and almost clipped me on the side. It was close enough that the person driving behind him pulled up to me to see if I was okay.
Apparently WTAE’s Wendy Bell applies makeup while driving at night down Penn Ave. Be careful out there people!
Some people gave her what for on FB. When I saw it I thought, “Oh of course… this is supposed to be amusing but instead it’s just super irresponsible and awful.”
GDX-7071 silver Lexus sedan. Dude gave a <1′ pass while riding westbound on Boulevard of the Allies, between Wood and Market St. Parking lane was full, so I was taking the right lane, to avoid door zone. He had room to spare to go on the turning lane to pass me safely, but noooooo, he had to get to that red light on Stanwix faster than me.
Report: Distracted Driving Results In More Than 5,000 Unfinished Texts Each Year
J25754J, Black Jeep Wrangler with Brown Top. Jan. 7th at about 5:45 pm. As I made a right off of the RD Fleming Bridge into Sharpsburg, two middle age white guys roll down the window, ride about 4 inches from my bike, and start screaming obscenities including “Get the f&*# off the road a$$hole, ride your f$%*ng bike in the park, I almost killed you on the bridge.”
I commute from Aspinwall to downtown every day, and still haven’t found a great way to get across the river. I usually ride on the sidewalk across the bridge inbound, but there is no safe way to get onto the sidewalk outbound as the left turn off of Butler requires you to go against traffic to get around the barriers. So I take the lane on Butler, make the left turn with the arrow in traffic, hug the left shoulder on the bridge, and then take the lane once traffic starts to back up on the left hand exit to Sharpsburg. Not sure what this guy’s problem was, as I was well lit, didn’t slow traffic at all, and was, in my opinion, obeying all laws and being respectful. I’d think the proper response to “I almost killed you” would be “sorry” not “f&*k you”, but such is life.
License plate with J before and after is a dealer plate, fwiw…
Fri. Jan 15th, 3pm. Silver 4 wheel drive pickup Pennsylvania Plate ZDH-1973, two white middle aged men in hoodies. They looked like contractors of some type.
I was taking the lane on Gold way/Melwood in Polish hill and a driver came up fast behind me and immediately laid on the horn. I held my line due to cars being parked on both sides of the street and it not being safe to pass. There was literally a two car break in parking on the left side of the street and he gunned the engine and attempted to pass me in this small space missing me by less than a foot. I screamed out his license plate# several times and the driver stopped and started yelling at me through his window. I yelled back that it wasn’t safe to pass, and then he started to get out of his truck. I started yelling out his license# a few more times and then a very nice lady came out of her house with her cell phone taking pictures of the truck and asking if I needed 911 called. A few seconds later a lady on the other side of the street came outside as well. With that the big bad man in the truck drove off.
I’m posting this to both thank these kind ladies of Polish Hill for taking the time to help someone in need, and to suggest that this might be a new strategy for me when in a residential area- just keep yelling out the plate#.
I think as many people as possible should invest in even used GoPros and record rides. There are whole channels like this in Australia to document the E X T R E M E road rage there; See link below:
At a recent Bike-Pgh event, I proposed creating some sort of how-to mechanism to help people do that. I don’t know exactly what form it should take or where it should be posted — streaming video? get everyone in one spot and someone walk around with a camera? stop in at your leisure and explain your setup? … doesn’t matter … just that I think there’s a need, there are several of us out there with some expertise, and Bike-Pgh has some wherewithal to facilitate putting it together.
Orange cones appeared along Melwood in Polish Hill at some point in the last while. I suspect it’s the residents trying to slow down cars cutting down Gold/Melwood. It’s cool that they’re taking pics as well. And offering to call 911.
I don’t see why the city didn’t installed some speed tables along the stretch between the bridge and Finland.
Most of those cones appeared last summer, after the Bigelow/Baum construction project posted Melwood to Herron as a detour and boosted the volume of non-local, cut through traffic, often moving at high speed, leading to several residents’ cars losing mirrors or suffering other damage.
This thread has hit the board’s 25-page usable limit, so I’ve started another continuation thread:
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