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Anonymous #

Thanks Mick…I haven’t ever been on that part of the GAP….I have often wanted to ride west newton to the waterfront, just never got the time to do it.


Anonymous #

Fun anecdote: I was flying down the hill on Herron Ave. out of Polish Hill and at the light by the Quick Stop the driver behind me pulled alongside me and rolled down their window. Expecting the worst, it was this little old lady probably in her mid-70’s saying “You were riding your bike so fast, I was worried that you were going to fall. I wish I could still ride a bicycle.”

Not a news story, but made my morning commute.


TeamDecaf
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good news of the day for me… I watched my odometer turn 2000 miles for this year. Yeah, baby!


Pierce
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Access Van honked at me on Perry Highway.

At the next red light I pulled up alongside and he said “You shouldn’t be out here” I replied “But there’s two lanes and I’m going to CCAC. (McCandless) That’s where I work and there’s not really any other way to get there.”

With that he seemed sympathetic, said something like “oh, alright…” and gave me a nice kind of three-little honks as he drove off.


ejwme
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I was in Wexford getting a ride from the (car) mechanic to the office, and saw a bike lane.

It was only a small block long, it was down hill (the uphill side had nothing), and it was about half as wide as they usually are (the other half was marked for peds). It didn’t seem to go much of anywhere, it was a quiet back street anyway, but…

While I believe WAY more can be done and I’m sad that they’ve made future improvements more difficult for themselves, I’m more than happy to celebrate the fact that someone up there is thinking about bikes – at least a little bit. The more they think about bikes, the better life will be for cyclists up there.

I call it good news.


Swalfoort
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Ohio Township police department just added their first bucycle patrol to the force. Yay, community and bicycle policing!


erok
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Kordite
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The C&O Canal Association newsletter announced that the repair of the Big Slackwater washout is nearly complete and a ribbon cutting will be in a month on October 13 at the Dam#4 boat ramp.

Compare these pictures I took in 2007 before construction:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kordite/sets/72157603297232687/

With these pictures from this summer with construction nearly complete:

http://www.imageevent.com/dwardandjeanine/bigslackwater


Anonymous #

The cooler weather yesterday made for a nice commute home. I even had a pickup let me cut in front of them coming off the 40SB onto Foster (I didn’t play it very safely actually, and I wouldn’t have blamed them if they had blown past me) and then give me space all the way up to 43rd.

On top of that I saw some fun bikes on the road (lavender tires? aw yeah!). Good end to the week.


stefb
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A guy in an SUV at a red light tonight complemented me on my visibility. He told me that no one could miss my lights.


Marko82
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Bike vs Car production 1950-2007

I found this graph at http://www.globalsherpa.org/amsterdam-bike-riding-capital-world.

Discuss…


Marko82
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Bike vs Car production 1950-2007

I found this graph at http://www.globalsherpa.org/amsterdam-bike-riding-capital-world.

Discuss….


edmonds59
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On activism, the Rebecca Solnit piece within the page. Originally published 2003, long article, but very worthwhile. This Solnit may be a new hero of mine. “History is like weather, not like checkers. A game of checkers ends. The weather never does.”

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/677/rebecca_solnit_on_hope_in_dark_times


edmonds59
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On “activism”. The Rebecca Solnit piece within the page. Originally from 2003, long but quite worthwhile. Read with cycling in mind. I think this Solnit may be a new hero of mine. “History is like weather, not like checkers. A game of checkers ends. The weather never does.”

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/677/rebecca_solnit_on_hope_in_dark_times


dani
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Wasn’t sure where to post this, but since this is the good news thread, I’ll say it. A crossing guard just told me that I am a “very excellent cyclist”. Hehe, I got all filled with warm fuzzies right at the end of a long day of courier hooha! Thanks, crossing guard, I AM very excellent!


Anonymous #

@marko – That graph is awesome. I would not have thought that to be the case. I suppose because cars dominant the landscape (roads, commercials, politics) I assumed the opposite would be true.


Mick
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Commuting today was a wonderful experience!


edmonds59
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Don’t know if everybody’s going to take this as good news or not, but next week is the 20th anniv of Critical Mass.

Amazing poster:

also, just for kicks,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTmmmG-mzOQ


StuInMcCandless
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Thx! I posted that in the Pgh CM Fb page.


edmonds59
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As I was driving down W Carson late yesterday, I got a brief view of what appeared to be oodles of bike racks installed at the new soccer stadium by Sta Sq. They were the coathanger racks. But still, oodles! I’ll try and get a pic somewhere along the line here.


Anonymous #

My dislocated (since reduced) shoulder, and my body in general, is recovering extremely well after being smashed by an SUV in Cleveland on August 25th. I could have easily been killed or paralyzed from the neck down, or lost a mouthful of teeth. But I am ALIVE and my life didn’t change! What a great practical and spiritual lesson this turned out to be. I’m loving riding my spare bike on the GAP trail from work downtown to physical therapy near the Hot Metal Bridge.


Lou M.
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3rd Ave garage is FULL of new bike racks and a Fix-It Station.

Oh after six weeks off from a dislocated elbow and I’m back in the saddle!


sarah_q
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My kid endo’d on the way to school while going very fast and walked away with nothing but road rash and can’t wait for his bike to be fixed so he can keep riding. :)


Marko82
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@lou, where on 3rd is the garage has the fix-it station? I can’t think of any on 3rd.


Lou M.
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It’s in between PPG Plaza and Wood Street.


melange396
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there are *TWO* fixit stations at the entrance to the east campus garage at cmu (on the corner nearest the university center building)


pinky
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Hubby got his Caliente up and running, and commuted to work on it today. Good news!


Erica
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I have a day off! I mean, I had to go to the bookstore for an hour, but that’s the least amount of work I’ve had to do in a day since Labor Day.


edmonds59
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Hey Pinky, where does hubby commute to?

As I rode in today, I was thinking “somebody ought to poke Crafton about putting in some bike infrastructure”. That Jeanine Zappa lives there too and I think works for Fitzgerald’s office. Any interest in kicking around some ideas?


zjc2a
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Great day on the commute! Also i actually saw more women riding today than men on the way in to work. I hear that is a statistical anomaly, which I think is interesting.


edmonds59
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Bike racks at the new Highmark stadium I mentioned before. Nice racks! They are prepping for a buttload of bikes. And they’re bolted down.


dmtroyer
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that’s amazing! biggest rack in the city?


stefb
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Insert joke about strip club here.


StuInMcCandless
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They look a little exposed, and I don’t mean from weather. It wouldn’t take too much to jump a curb and plow into that whole set. OTOH, that can happen with cars right now and isn’t that big of an issue, I guess.

Props to them for even thinking about bikes. What’s the capacity of this thing? 40 or 50? At a cost of about four car spaces? I approve.


edmonds59
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To be honest they probably got a trade-off for some of the auto parking requirements. Which could be viewed cynically or positively. I went with positive this time.

The thing I like about the location is they are right adjacent to the 2 field entrances, not stuck in some back afterthought.


pinky
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@edmonds – Hubby commutes to the North Shore. Email me, using gmail at amy L super, and we can kick some ideas around.

I’m on acquaintance terms with the president of Crafton’s council, and they’re in the midst of planning some updates to parks and recreation areas.

Fair warning, though, that the main roads through Crafton (Steuben and Noble Ave) are PennDOT controlled.


cdavey
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@edmonds and pinky — PennDIT isn’t necessarily insurmountable. Here in Butler we talked them into letting us sharrow sections of streets they maintain. No one is sure exaactly how we did it, including me.

Note: each PennDOT district is autonomous and has their own philosophy about enforcing the written standards. No surprise here. Ours is District 10. Since I think you are a different district YMMV.

Three suggestions for you to consider:

1. Bike lanes will be far harder to do because when you formally change traffic patterns like you do with bike lanes, PennDOT wants a traffic study. That’s 5 figures, and the proposing party (probably Crafton) has to foot the bill. Sharrows are much easier since they don’t involve change of traffic patterns, just calling attention to another type of traffic that would use the existing pattern.

2. PennDOT is all about safety since they get sued for everything at the drop of a hat. When we met with them we played traffic engineer looking at the proposed routes from a safety for bicyclists viewpoint. We showed them every street and told them exactly how we thought our analysis would improve the safety of cyclists using those streets for where we wanted to put them to ride on a given street.

3. Do your homework. Get familiar with the AASHTO Bicycling manual, the current MUTCD manual, and the PennDOT regs that pertain to signage on PennDOT highways. We showed up with the now current MUTCD signage manual before it had been formally approved by PennDOT for their use (but we knew it would be because they have to have it in place to get Federal funding for road projects) and they ended up asking us if they could have our copy to review because they didn’t have theirs yet. What a hoot!!

If you decide to puruse this and would want me to, I would be happy to look over your shoulder while you work on this.


Marko82
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Sharrows to Carnegie n’at, woot!


edmonds59
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Thanks ccdavey, yeah, my first step is going to be some research to get familiar with studies etc that have already been done through here. And I’d like to talk to Scott a bit and make sure we wouldn’t be fracking anything already in progress. But I have a bit of a crush on Crafton and I think it would be very cool to germinate a little local cycling advocacy pod.

Scott, if you see this, edmonds59 at hotmail dot com

Thx!


edmonds59
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The “Pedal America” show on Sunday morning featured the Raystown Lake trails. That place looks fantastic. Never been, need to go.

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