Quotes our mayor, too: “It’s sort of like ripping that Band-Aid off really quick,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said in September about his plans to rapidly install a basic network of protected bike lanes in his first term. “We knew there was going to be this pushback, but we wanted to show [the new protected lane] and let people see it. That type of a reaction starts to dissipate and go down over time. That’s the tradeoff.”
The bollard at entry of the Penn Ave cycle track on 6th street. I suspect this is to facilitate plowing those lanes. It would be ideal if they could re-install the bollard after the snow periods have ended, but I imagine that this will not happen until winter has subsided somewhat.
In the meantime, watch for cars entering the bike lane by “accident”. Ideally, we shouldn’t need a bollard in this situation, but some individuals have problems paying attention to traffic signs. Be safe out there.