Dedicated bike lanes on Warhol, Clemente & Murray county bridges?
More bike lanes on bridges to and from downtown, great connections here, good news all around lately:
Murray Bridge is the South 10th St bridge (downtown to southside)
Clemente Bridge is 6th st bridge (downtown to northside)
Warhol bridge is 7th st bridge (downtown to northside)
More details here: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/2014/20140903.aspx
Warhol bridge lanes will be going in by the end of the week to be in place prior to the pro-bike / pro walk conference.
Can we host the pro-bike / pro walk conference every year?
The bridge bike lanes are going away. They are here only for the conference.
Only the Warhol Bridge ones will be temporary. The other two will be permanent, but have a longer time until completion (Oct. 30 for the Clemente Bridge one, and still TBD for the 10th st one). The latter is seeing more delays for figuring out ways to connect it with existing trail networks on the North and South shores of the Mon.
The Allegheny County press release says that permanent lanes will be installed on the Clemente Bridge in October, and will be usable even during baseball games when the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. It also says that the 10th street bridge will have permanent bike lanes when construction is completed. What makes you think they are going away?
From the county website announcement looks like a couple are going to be here to stay:
“Fitzgerald also announced that permanent bike lanes will be installed on the Roberto Clemente Bridge
(Sixth Street) by October 30th
. Two exclusive bike lanes, one in each direction, will consist of a 5’ wide
lane with a 3’ buffer. The lanes will tie into the trail system as well as the City’s bike infrastructure. The
addition of the bike lanes will reduce vehicular traffic from four lanes, two in each direction to two lanes,
one in each direction, on the Clemente Bridge. The bike lanes will be maintained and accessible when
the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, but open to pedestrians.
Additionally, Fitzgerald announced that the Philip Murray Bridge, which is undergoing rehabilitation, will
also include two 5’ wide bike lanes with 3’ buffers, one in each direction, when the work is finished. There
is no time frame established yet for when the work will be done, and discussions are underway with the City to determine how best to tie into the City’s bike infrastructure on Second Avenue. The bike lanes,
once complete, will also provide connectivity to the Eliza Furnace Trail.
According to the county press release:
“Fitzgerald also announced that permanent bike lanes will be installed on the Roberto Clemente Bridge (Sixth Street) by October 30th.”
And the 10th St. bridge will also get bike lanes once the current rehabilitation is complete.
So there will be permanent bike lanes across the rivers.
Wow. I don’t even recall hearing a rumor about theses bridge lanes going in. Either people are getting better at keeping secrets or these plans developed almost over night (as opposed to the multi-year, multi-decade usual bike infrastructure time frame).
I was also surprised. In a good way. I have some quibbles about the existing bike lanes and bikeways and complain (because I want them to be as awesome as they have the potential to be). And this seems to be one of the best implementations (along with the Birmingham bridge, but it doesn’t connect as well so it doesn’t get a lot of credit till we address 5th/forbes)
But heck yeah, this is awesome!
Thanks to our county exec Fitzgerald for making this happen. He hasn’t really been that visible in a lot of discussions on bike infrastructure, but big props on getting the county involved (and to other players we’re not aware of)
Per @Allegheny_Co on twitter, the Andy Warhol Bridge bike lanes are now open.
I guess they could have made these lanes look even uglier somehow… why not just a line of cones like on Liberty during Pedal Pgh?
I just hope that the general public realizes that bike lanes dont have to look like a PennDot nightmare. Even the new ones on Penn could forgo the bollards for flower planters for instance. Maybe we have a reverse bait-n-switch plan that starts with ugly then appeases with mediocre?
KDKA TV had a post about the lanes on their face book page. The comments were astounding. As stupid as I believe people to be (i.e., very), they are somehow always able to exceed my expectations. Had to pull some pins and toss some keyboard grenades. :D
If you thought PG commenters were bad…
KDKA’s comment crew make bridge trolls look tolerant and coherent.
As a friend of mine recently wrote to me after I despaired at some awful comment section: “Oh no – never read the comments! You’ll turn into a pillar of salt(y tears for humanity).”
I try to remember that when I find myself reading the comments now. Still, it’s hard to stop isn’t it?
eh, most days I enjoy it. I am not easily brought to tears. If I can be a grain of sand in the torrent of stupidity, it’s ok. A grain of sand properly placed can stop a bulldozer. :)
W00t! I made the newscast!
(I’m the one adjusting a very bright messenger bag @ 0:22)
For whatever it’s worth, we do our fair share of complaining too.
I like seeing which business owners complain about the bike lane. I’ll never set foot in Eide’s again. (not that I’ve been in there since I was in my twenties, but still)
“Wait, someone from Eide’s was complaining?”
Worst Bike Lane EVER.
He can be seen complaining here: @1:09
New Downtown Bike Lanes Cause Confusion For Drivers
I can’t even comprehend how Eides is affected by this. They act like traffic on Penn Ave has never been gridlocked before the bike lanes were installed.
Seems to me that comics enthusiasts are a population that can be tipped pro-cyclist.
We move faster under our own power than is possible than for the non mutant (bike riding) population. We do battle with a dangerous and seemingly indomitable foe (pissy motorists), preferentially in urban settings. Many or us wear garish clothing sometimes, and for some that even includes tights.
And best of all, they, humble readers, can join us in battling the evil on the streets!
So what’s missing? Back-story, masks, capes? We can do that can’t we?
So what’s missing? Back-story, masks, capes? We can do that can’t we?
IMO, if you want business converts, what’s missing is more people (who are obviously cyclists) spending money there.
Given that my son is getting into gaming, I may have to make a point of popping in over lunch a few times whilst be-jerseyed. And mentioning that, if I’d had to drive over from work on the South Side and find parking, I wouldn’t be spending money there.
That said, reviving the concept of the Superhero Ride (oooh…and maybe combining it with a nice lengthy Tour de Comic Shop…) is an idea with some appeal.
And, reddan, you might be able to include a stop at the Toonseum!
Apparently it’s not just Eide’s website that’s living in the past…
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