Local news stories and LTE 2017
Paula Brant responds to the driving-in-the-bike-lanes-during-rain letter: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2017/06/23/Enforcement-of-bikes-only-laws-are-for-cyclists-safety/stories/201706230103
Sharrowed, on street extension of north shore trail coming to blawnox soon
When is the section between Aspinwall and Millvale going to be built? A route ion Blawnox on existing streets is USELESS! THE WHOLE TRAIL IS USELESS FOR ME UNTIL THEY CONNECT ASPINWALL AND MILLVALE!
@zzwergel, and yelling about it in an internet message board isn’t going to change that.
PG article on today’s OpenStreets event:
It was awesome.
Info on the Negley Run bioswale being completed (anyone with pictures?) plus info on future project at Heth’ run including bike trails.
Post Gazette editorial welcoming the change at Allegheny Center. Mentions bike lanes. Biggest news is that there is not internet troll comments underneath the article.
Kathleen Broda responds responds to the driving-in-the-bike-lanes-during-rain letter
<h2>A history of sharing the road</h2>
Post Gazette OP/ED
James Longhurst completed his Ph.D. in history and policy at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. He is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and author of “Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road” (2015).
Zzwergel, unknown. Sharpsburg has revealed no plans yet. Etna hasn’t started their park/trail construction yet. All is silent with R47 plan in Aspinwall.
My best guess? Within 10 years.
More from Professor Longhurst:
Regarding extension the Erie To Pittsburgh Trail out of Pittsburgh:
Not so silent: Sections targeted for Aspinwall and Sharpsburg are still being negotiated.
Since the GAP is more-or-less complete, there is more focus, resources, and activity going to the EPT effort; which should be much easier than the GAP since the value of these trails is more established.
No need to make uninformed guesses:
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErietoPittsburghTrailAlliance/
And their web site: https://www.facebook.com/ErietoPittsburghTrailAlliance/
- This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by The Iguana.
With the GAP, most of the trail was created by converting old railroad beds into trails (e.g. Cumberland MD to Boston, PA) but the more difficult trail-building was where the trail had to be built piecemeal (e.g. McKeesport to Homestead on coke gas pipeline).
On the Erie-to-Pittsburgh route, there’s no abandoned railroad line available for conversion to trail, for the Millvale-Sharpsburg-Springdale-Tarentum-Freeport-Ford City section, so that’s a difficult section. Friends of the Riverfront, Allegheny County, and Pennsylvania Environmental Council have been negotiating with Norfolk Southern Railroad to acquire land and plan a route, in recent years. It appears the route will involve a mix of share-the-road and separated trail sections, and probably a number of railroad crossings.
Taking Freeport Rd. and Main St. to Etna would be ok with me. as long as I do not have to cross the river or climb a gigantic hill.
When Etna trail extension is done there will be a hill- a peds/bike fly over bridge at the ground level train tracks under the 62nd street bridge. Will probably look like the ones they have on the gap between waterfront and Kennywood
Will it be as bad as climbing Parker St. in either direction?
No. Take a ride out to McKeesport and you’ll go over both bridges. They’re both pretty easy. Similar to the Oakland-side approaches to the Hot Metal bike bridge, though maybe a bit longer.
Armed with a clear mission and his bicycle, local grad student Justin Cole recently visited all 19 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations in one day! Using data from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, our Civic Information Services team determined the most efficient route and Justin admirably completed the challenge.
PG: “Fleeing the Strip’s parking issues, company heads to the North Hills”
At a time when lots of companies are moving into the Strip District, one is moving out.
After 30 years in the Strip, West Penn Finance Service Center Inc. has traded the grit and the parking hassles for brand new digs in the suburbs of Ross.
Or, as City Paper’s Ryan Detour put it,
Yet another PG story vilifying walking/city lifestyle over being able to park where ever one wants in vibrant areas https://t.co/BbX12w7Xha
— Ryan Deto (@RyanDeto) July 5, 2017
Someone else on Twitter was asking if this was a news story or an advertisement…
^^ that library route could make for a ready-made bikefest ride, you just need to figure out the routing details.
Indeed. Not quite an all-neighborhoods ride, but not far from it.
A bicyclist was struck by a car Friday morning on the North Side.
A supervisor with the Allegheny County Emergency Dispatch Center said the accident happened in the 800 block of Union Place near Allegheny Center. It was reported at 8:40 a.m.
The extent of injuries is unknown, the supervisor said.
Post Gazette disabled the comments, thankfully.
More info about the blawnox trail extension
Took me a minute to remember Union Place*: it’s a two-block-long driveway for the Allegheny Center Alliance Church, off East Ohio between Cedar and Allegheny Commons.
*Actually Union Avenue, but Place would be more accurate…
This is obviously for @stu
Weekly unicycle meetup
Is the opening in Southside Park the large opening near that Southside marina between the HMB and Birmingham bridge?
If you click through to the unicycle article, you will see I already commented on the original article.
Another round of Bloomfield/Garfield Penn Ave reconstruction
southern beltway construction -> increased water runoff -> flooding in local businesses and homes
My two cents on the M-F flooding story:
Any storm system that cannot handle a two-inch-an-hour deluge is misdesigned. Any location in western PA is likely to receive such a storm a half dozen times a summer. Somebody didn’t do their homework.
Could you share the source for your statement….”Any location in western PA is likely to receive such a storm a half dozen times a summer.”….?
Quotable? I don’t have one. But I do have a rain gauge in my front yard, have had it for years, and have already recorded three such storms in the past month. My point is, these storms are endemic to the region.
A brilliant plan for bikes? Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail would connect Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and beyond
Area Principal accused of bike theft in Indiana county
Tangential to last story. Principal claims a head injury. This is a Radiolab podcast from a few years ago looking at fault in people with injured brains with a new 2017 discussion with a neuroscience researcher/ethicist.
It’s not so much a shuffling — the Secretary gets a seat on the Commission ex officio; she’s been elected chair now as well.
(Who knows, maybe the state will even once more consider merging the two–something that was apparently on the table a decade or so ago, although the articles Wikipedia cites are apparently no longer available at their previous addresses…
Kinda wonder how many states have two entirely separate agencies managing their major expressways….)
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