Good news thread
Exactly, it communicates exactly what “we” want the drivers to understand with a semi-official imprimatur.
possibly moving a bit OT for this thread
It intrigues me to think about the effect of a similar Pittsburgh public awareness campaign.
Drivers seeing sharrows definitely reinforces some sort of “bikes” message in the driver’s consciousness, but how many drivers know what the symbol means?
Granted, a minority of people read the poster’s footer. It does advance the cause pretty effectively.
If there were a campaign putting similar posters up along five corridors – say, StripDistrict, EastCarson, Bloomfield, SquirrelHill, Penn (where the deaths were) – it would probably do a good job of delivering specific information in high-impact communities.
It is Good News.
I’d put the posters in less intuitive areas: Lincoln-Lemington and the suburbs. After that incident at the end of the Reverse Keg Ride last month, it seems to me there is a car-entrapped segment of the community that our regular channels of communication do not reach. The woman who gave us a hard time looked like she’d never seen a bicycle on the street before, and was clueless how to deal with them. That and suburban high schools, in which areas on-road cyclists are rarities.
In excellent news from our otherwise lovely neighbors to the north, bike-hating behemoth of a Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto has been ousted from his seat due to ethics violations. Yay! Eh? Bring back the bike lanes!
Let’s see if I can get a gif to work;
Anonymous 11/28/2012 at 12:20am #
Ya know if he got regular exercise by say, riding a bike, he might not trip over his own fat ass.
goodness me, seriously? this is pretty great news. that guy has clearly been anti-city, and as a huge-huge-huge fan of toronto as a city, i can now hope that it won’t become mississauga. i don’t think i am overstating it to say that that man was a blot on what should be an amazing landscape. i had no idea there were ethics violations in he offing, and i follow a number of toronto-based reporters (hockey! mostly) on twitter.
tl;dr: great news! he seemed like an unapologetic a-hole, and i say a hearty good riddance!
If he’d been riding in one of those bike lanes he axed, maybe he wouldn’t have been hit by that karma.
Obviously the gif proves that what the mayor says is correct: He’s been sacked by a leftist conspiracy. No doubt they were invisible UN forces that arrived there by bicycle.
Had Toronto relied on the free market’s self-regulation he would not have fallen down.
You can’t be too careful these days.
This would make me happy
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade ride Crit Mass Miami and instagram it. CM Miami looks massive;
I wonder how many of the riders realized they had celebrities in their midst. Given that LeBron plays for a local team, I’m guessing quite a few. I wouldn’t have known him. But yeah, that’s one helluva crowd.
This morning coming from Craft onto Fifth, there was a police car in the left hand lane of 5th stopped for the light. In the right-most lane, someone went through the red light just as I was passing in front of the police.
I gave the cop a look, but he just looked kinda sheepish. After I cleared the cop’s path, I stopped and gave him my best professorial “you-don’t-have-your-homework?” look. He put on his lights and went after the guy.
Not sure if I really influenced this or not, but it felt good.
Pretty regularly when trying to cross Wightman on Bartlett heading east, I have drivers heading south on Wightman stop to let me cross. I never know how to react- I feel like I should wait my turn like anyone else. This has happened numerous times- I would say almost weekly. And it is only cars heading south- the cars heading north there are usually going well over the speed limit., which makes that intersection hard to get across.
Bikeygirl makes the Best Of issue of CityPaper!
helen s – drivers are legally required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk (marked or not), so it should be happening *every* time. There is no obligation for you to wait and I wouldn’t feel anything but happy about it when cars actually do stop – since as you point out far too many do not.
salty wrote:helen s – drivers are legally required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk (marked or not), so it should be happening *every* time. There is no obligation for you to wait and I wouldn’t feel anything but happy about it when cars actually do stop – since as you point out far too many do not.
I was not clear – this happens when I am on my bicycle! Maybe they think that because my foot is down, I deserve the rights of a pedestrian instead of an two wheeled vehicle trying to get across a busy intersection.
Yesterday I was riding the PMTCC ride from Cranberry. About 16 miles in, I got a flat. I fixed it and kept riding, not thinking much about it. Three miles later, another flat. Somewhere along the ride I shredded my tire, exposing threads and opening a pretty sizable hole in the tire.
I called for a ride and then started pulling the tire apart again to see if I could fix it enough to limp back to the start. As I am working on it, a guy pulls over and asks if I need help. I explain what happened and he offered me a ride back to the start about 5 miles away. Help much appreciated when I needed it!
Bicyclist/bystanders hunt down purse-snatcher!
This could belong in the “news from out of town” thread, but the good news thread suited my mood better today.
Lehigh Township officials work with bikers to keep track
Safety, insurance issues being resolved at secluded spot in Indian Trail Park.
When Lehigh Township police Chief Scott Fogle discovered bike ramps hidden behind the trees in Indian Trail Park it looked like an old secret playground might go away forever.
Instead, officials in the rural northwestern Northampton County municipality are working with the boys — now young men — who built it. Guys in suits are paid to worry, of course. What about lawsuits if somebody falls off a bike and gets hurt on township property?
On Tuesday night, board of supervisors Chairman Darryl Snover told the trail’s architects what their insurance company had to say about that.
“They didn’t say bulldoze it,” he said.
That doesn’t mean the bikers — four guys in their early 20s who sat in a row between the mostly graying heads assembled at Tuesday night’s Lehigh Township meeting — get off scot-free. Snover said the township’s insurance company is requiring that they fill in some of the dangerous holes around the trail and take down the tall platform they constructed at its opening. That’ll be their job, Snover said.
“But the good news is, guess what: You’ll have a BMX track,” township solicitor David Backenstoe said.
The bikers are already complying. Hours before the meeting, Dave Washburn, 23, of Lehigh Township, and two friends were ferrying wheelbarrow loads of dirt around the dozens of chest-high earthen slopes hidden behind the woods in Indian Trail Park.
As they worked, a group of boys and girls kicked soccer balls in the park’s field just off of Route 248. The only evidence of the trail was a red and white “No Bicycles” sign the township recently posted at the tree line. About 50 yards from the edge of the woods, dozens of pyramids materialize between the trees.
“I feel like an Indian defending my land,” Washburn said as he poured black soil into the holes he and his friends had created in constructing their ramps. Washburn works at Lehigh Township’s Fronti Fabrications and has a toddler at home, but he still rides when he gets the chance.
When he was 16, Washburn had stumbled upon the trail by accident.
He’d been at a family picnic at Indian Trail Park. In a patch of woods he found a few mounds of dirt. A boy could race his bike up one and both would go airborne. He returned with his Haro bike and gave it a shot. Turns out, he discovered, bike enthusiasts had been using the trail for nearly 20 years.
For seven years, Washburn and three friends turned it into bicycle nirvana. Dozens of ramps went in — steep ones, gentle grades, series of ramps that ascend higher and higher.
It’s really a number of trails with names like Chief, Cliffside and Swedish Fish. When Washburn and his friends aren’t there, they cover each ramp with plastic tarps. They run chains between trees in select spots around the trail, making it impossible to use.
You enter what they call Indian Trails from an 11-foot high platform the boys constructed from pressure-treated lumber, then drop down a steep ramp. That gives you speed, Washburn said.
That entrance platform is an insurance risk, Snover said. The township is requiring it to be taken down. Washburn said a shorter ramp could reduce their speeds by 10 mph or so. But, he said, they’d find a solution.
Until then, the riders can’t use that track. But Lehigh Township officials don’t want the ban to last forever.
This was kinda sweet: Fairfax, VA, missed connection: “To the bicyclist I almost ran into…”
Dear random bicyclist,
After almost running into you yesterday around 6 pm on a neighborhood street, I pulled over and spent a good 20 minutes pulling myself together and seriously questioning my own functionality….
Probably not news, but this made me happy earlier today. I was in a meeting with a colleague at Starbucks on Penn Circle this afternoon, and saw a young lady come in and ask a barista something. I couldn’t quite hear but it seemed she had left something behind, and was hoping it was either where she left it or in the lost and found. I was sitting where she had been, so they came over towards me to look for it, but to no avail. Then the barista went into the back room, and emerged, triumphantly, with a bike helmet, which he gave to the obviously-relieved cyclist while I smiled.
Sometimes life just kind of works out.
I ran into a co-worker of mine that works at a different location than I do (although I used to ride my bike to where he’s currently at) and over the past several months he’s been commuting from McKeesport to the North Shore via the completed GAP trail
He says the time difference isn’t that much and he really enjoys the ride
I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s commuting by bike in my department/institution now (although he said he stopped now because it’s too cold :/ ) But still!
Completing that trail has made a big difference
Point him to the thread about What are you wearing? and see if he’ll continue to ride on days when it’s merely chilly. As long as he protects his ears, fingers and toes from getting too cold, right now is a really nice time of year to get some miles in.
“Representatives Blumenauer, Coble, McCaul Introduce Bipartisan Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act”
“…would require the US Department of Transportation to set separate measures for motorized and non-motorized safety”
Two positive articles in the Trib on the same day!
“Mon Valley commuters taking to 2 wheels”
“Bicycles are not one size fits all, West Mifflin shop owner says”
EDIT: Ok lets make that THREE articles! Hmmm.
“Waterfront bike lane the first of its kind in Pa.”
Another one from the “small victories” department: This afternoon at (November 22, 2013) at 2 pm during a fairly chilly, light-intensity drizzle, I was coming down Fifth Avenue inbound, about to turn left on Morewood Avenue towards CMU. Up towards Central Catholic I saw a bike’s blinky light fired up for daytime visibility, and as I made the turn I saw two other cyclists waiting at the light to go straight down Morewood. And this wasn’t even rush hour!
Then later today I saw a number of cyclists downtown beating Light Up Night traffic, and then another couple coming down Ellsworth Avenue later in the evening. All this not even at rush hour, and in sub-optimal weather! It’s just wonderful.
Hey, when did Westhall Street (by Western Penitentiary) get a Dero Fixit station (and an air pump)? Very sweet.
Isn’t there a map somewhere of these things? Can anybody remember it – I’d like to add this to it.
This is dbacklover’s map of racks, drinking fountains, and other stuff. But there are a bunch of newer racks and corrals it doesn’t include.
it used to show covered racks in a different color, but Google seems to have broken that part. (That info is still on ieverhart’s earlier map, so it could be copied over.)
So this is the BikePgh map of DIY repair stations:
and my best hero “somebody” is going to add this new one to the map.
“Somebody” is always being asked to do something, they’re awesome.
Erok tells me that AlcoSan made the investment, very cool.
There is one more unofficial repair station. :) At my cube at Ansaldo (former Union Switch&Signals — 1000 Technology Drive). I have a floor pump, a couple of wrenches, screwdrivers, hex-keys, and a patch kit (or two).
Today, there was a couple sitting on one of the reserved priority seats on the T. Unprompted, they gave up their seat so that a cyclist that had just gotten on the train could sit there and hold on to his bike more comfortably. This made me smile :-)
Just looking at the message board…
* The Amtrak thing is finally here and working well
* The Aspinwall park happened and the talking heads are talking trails
…that’s exactly what I needed to see on a Monday morning.
Also in the last month:
40th street uphill bike lanes installation was begun, bollards, green paint, and removal of parking signs to come soon.
Bayard/bigelow/ohara lanes are in, and continue to be worked on, bike boxes and removal of parking signage coming soon.
Liberty Ave lanes were restriped a couple weeks ago.
Friendship ave lanes (despite them not being optimal) were also restriped
S Millvale Ave lanes were restriped.
I’ve taken the girls on the bike train to and from school most days since it started, enough for it to be normal enough for it not be a conversation piece there anymore.
With only one exception so far, which even then I wouldn’t have batted an eye at if my kids weren’t with me, motorists have been patient and nice, some embarrassingly and slightly confusingly so.
All the crossing guards know us and smile. And it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. And it’s Friday.
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