Have you made your 311 complaint this week?

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Eric
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The NST used to have big metal pillars that were a pita to get through.


Eric
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Thinking more about the issue,.it seems that trails should have something flexible that can be easily replaced for the middle of the trail to stop cars (or get them to think before going) but that are also not dangerous when struck by cyclists.

Something like the Penn Ave bike lane needs physical separators. A barrier if you will.


Benzo
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New Complaint about Beechwood blvd bike lanes needing repainted. It’s one of pittsburgh’s original bikeways, but needs some love. See Photos.

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Lori
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Eric
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Bless you! I feel like I’m the grumpy old “get off my lawn” man when it comes to 311ing these. Every little bit helps. You did a fantastic job.


Eric
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ugh, I posted my 311-ish complaint on the wrong forum!  Here’s what happened when I hijacked the tag-o-rama thread–

 

Eric
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08/22/2018 at 8:39am #Reply
My quest to get someone, anyone to trim the north shore trail between the Millvale boat house and the 31st st bridge has failed. Pgh311 says it isn’t pittsburgh (most of it is according to Google maps) and Millvale doesn’t respond. Anyone else have any pull?

jonawebb
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08/22/2018 at 9:29am #Reply
Did you try the council representative for that district? They have someone on staff whose job it is to help with citizen requests. From this map it looks like district 1, which is, gulp, Darlene Harris. Anyway I’d give her office a call. Maybe emphasize how important the trail is to keep cyclists off the street. 412-255-2135

Eric
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08/22/2018 at 10:24am #Edit | Reply
ah, dammit. I posted this in the wrong forum! a) super sorry, b) don’t reply anymore to this and carry on tag-o-rama. Thanks @jonawebb.  My old eyes and brain had a collective fart.


jdgPGH
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311-d 2 vehicles parked in bike lanes today, one at convention center hotel on Penn Ave and one at Nova Place, North Commons & Federal. I’ve taken to including photos of license plates.


paulheckbert
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id 296423
Location 1001 10TH ST, Pittsburgh

At Penn & 10th, 3 bollards bent to ground, 1 quite bent (photo).
On Penn near 11th, 2 bollards bent to ground.
On Penn near 12th, 2 bollards bent to ground.
At Penn & 15th, 2 bollards bent to ground. (photo)

Please straighten or replace the bollards. Bollards help protect cyclists in the bike lane. The more of them that remain bent and damaged, the less safe people will feel when using the Penn Ave bike lane, and the more difficult it will be to encourage people to take up cycling in this area. This is particularly important toward helping women, seniors, and parents with children to feel safe.

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Eric
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There is approximately 3 month lag between bolkard 311 request and went it gets done. Especially on the North shore trail. I think they only bollard replace once a year. :(


jstalnaker2112
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I had been delaying posting 6 of 11 bollards down on north shore trail between casino and penitentiary just because they keep getting run over by Alcosan and other maintenance people and not a lot of people with the lack of brain cells to drive on what is clearly a trail.

But at 7 this morning I had 3 cars in a row driving on the trail from around Casino to the Cardello lot.

 

Does anyone know who to contact about changing the type of bollard to one with a spring that will withstand being driven over?


Eric
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From discussions on here before when it has come up re: the bollards, the spring back ones don’t really spring back after being driven over repeatedly. It also won’t stop anyone from going on the trail — if they know it just springs back up, they’ll continue to drive. So I don’t think the city is going to change. What really needs to happen is that they need to get serious about no cars on the trail and enforce it. I’m afraid if they put in a hard bollard (i.e., metal) then a biker will crash into it and die. Or they could go back to the super annoying gates, which cut down on traffic on the trail but made it so you had to stop every so often to go through tiny spaces…

Or maybe a coalition of the willing can get some huge boulders and dump them on the trail in such a way that vehicles can’t get through… Though no idea how we’d be able to do that. and, it probably isn’t legal. and stops appropriate vehicle users (DPW, emergency responders) from getting to the trail….

ugh..


paulheckbert
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@jstalnaker2112: You could contact Valerie Beichner at Friends of the Riverfront. That organization maintains the trail (I’m a volunteer with them). FOTR does light work such as picking up litter and minor pruning, while the city’s Department of Public Works does heavy work such as replacing bollards, patching asphalt, or mechanized pruning.


Eric
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311ed the dead canoe on the NST outside of PNC park. It’s right next to the pgh police boathouse.


RustyRed
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Getting really sick of the increasing number of folks parking in front of the switchback on the North Shore.

https://twitter.com/Shes_Clumsy/status/1071075237528248320

 

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