Local news stories and LTE 2017

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StuInMcCandless
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Once upon a time Bike-Pgh’s office was in that building. They shared space with Friends of the Riverfront.


Eric
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American Fitness Index report for Pittsburgh.  We’re a middle of the pack city (29 out of 50)

AFI 2017 Quick View


StuInMcCandless
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But we’re #6 in the community ranking.


Marko82
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Eric
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Eric
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jonawebb
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Eric
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Can’t find a link but Rich Fitzgerald is riding from Pgh to DC today to highlight the gap and c and o.  This is time #2 for him.


jstalnaker2112
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I saw about 15-25 people and a few vans milling around this morning down by point state park.

I guessed this was a big group ride to D.C. and now I know for certain.


RustyRed
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Cool. Love that our Mayor and the ACE are bike-friendly.

 


Eric
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marv
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Also the next time you hear or read about someone complaining about bike lanes or our city’s or mayor’s support of them, make sure you point out that the Amazon HQ2 RFP expressly points out the importance for multimodal transportation and walkability as a selection criteria.

As noted by the Harvard Business Review, the Amazon HQ2 RFP emphasizes its interest in promoting walkability and connectivity between densely clustered buildings through “sidewalks, bike lanes, trams, metro, bus, light rail, train, and additional creative options.”

In short, if it wasn’t for the efforts of the mayor, and previous city administrations, we’d have a smaller chance at this opportunity.  More broadly, it shows the importance of multimodal transportation in the overall competitiveness of a city and region.


Eric
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Eric
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http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2017/09/15/Dirt-bike-crashes-dies-on-Parkway-East-Monroeville/stories/201709150134

 

I assume by a dirt bike they mean one with a motor and not, say, the circa 1980 model Huffy that I used to ride around the ‘hood when I was little.


alleghenian
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Any speculation on how they will connect that Bethel Park spur of the Montour Trail to South Park? I am looking at the area in google maps and I can’t even guess where they would put a trail. Or do they mean that they would make it go on local roads? If so, would there be a bike lane, or just signs and sharrows to indicate that the roads are part of the trail? I know that it hasn’t really been designed yet, but they must have some idea what they want to do. That article is so… minimal.


paulheckbert
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I don’t know what route they’re planning for the trail between Irishtown & Logan on the Bethel Park Spur and Corrigan in South Park, but if I were to bike that today, I’d try this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25275572 . You can make a nice, but hilly, 13 mile loop, of mostly trail riding.


Mikhail
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South Park Rd is not the best one to ride. And the current Montour Trail is almost at the park. Iristown/Bethel park branch is a couple of miles away from Montour Trail and is connected to MT. So i would utilize a part of the old WPW ride from South Park — from trail to Pleasant street, left on Brownsville, left on Woods, right on 1st Alley, go up Stewart all the way to McConkey, right and go downhil — at the traffic light you are at Corrigan.


Steven
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The former Montour Railroad continued north from where the trail’s current Bethel spur ends now, then turned northeast (roughly as Industrial Blvd does now), and eventually crossed the T tracks somewhere around the current Lytle stop, heading northeast. So even if that corridor had room for a bike trail, it doesn’t get all that close to Corrigan Drive.

Since the grant was from Active Allegheny, I looked at their 2010 transport plan (big PDF). It proposes “bicycle routes” (as opposed to bicycle trails) from Logan at Irishtown, going north along Logan Road to South Hills Village, and east on Logan to the Logan Road T station, then south following Library Road to the Montour Trail mainline at Library. That doesn’t sound much like what they’re proposing here either.

The best option I can come up with, if we’re talking about more than just putting up “Bike Route” signs, would be to route via Industrial Blvd to South Park Road and on to Corrigan Drive via residential streets and Twin Hills Road, widening and adding some kind of bike infrastructure on the 0.4 mile section of South Park Road involved, and building a bike path next to Twin Hills Road within the park. I hope they can come up with something better though.


Eric
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Indirectly related.  Sites pgh is looking to sell Amazon on.

Amazon wants a strong multimodal transit location.  So, big if, if pgh gets it, hopefully biking will be improved in the area.


Eric
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http://www.envisiondowntown.com

Envision downtown life on Liberty project is starting soon. This is an 18 month test project which will add a dedicated bus Lane to the 900 block of Liberty along with other changes.


Vannevar
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Does anybody know about any Dirty Dozen orientation/ training rides planned this year? I believe StefB used to run them, and she’s moved. thanks! VB

 


Ornoth
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I was told yesterday to expect to hear something in the next day or two. I think they’re trying to get it organized.


Eric
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NMR
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The “Smart Spines” project is the name given to the signalization and communications upgrade planned on five corridors as part of the Smart Cities application.

http://smartpittsburgh.org/programs/mobility-optimization-along-smart-spines

The project, along with BRT, was added to the TIP in order to draw down funding received for each.  A portion of the Smart Spines money is being used to cobble together the funding package for BRT since Fifth & Forbes is central to both.


Eric
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brilliant branch gets a shout out in the “what will pittsburgh look like in 10 years” story.

 

Here’s what Pittsburgh might look like in 10 years


Eric
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Murray and forward intersection dangerous for pedestrians and will be more dangerous for bikers over the next few months.

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2017/09/26/Squirrel-Hill-Forward-Murray-pedestrian-safety/stories/201709260180


Eric
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coal train in mckeesport derails right by gap.  Unclear if gap impacted.  Even if it is, there’s a lot of other streets to take.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2017/09/27/Train-derails-McKeesport-coal-cars-Lysle-Boulevard/stories/201709270142


Benzo
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I’m pretty sure this closed the trail near the derailment, I believe there is a detour. Not sure how long the detour will last…

From: https://gaptrail.org/trail-info/trail-alerts

SEP 27 2017 | Train cars carrying coal derail in McKeesport (mm132)

Thank you McKeesport Trail Commision for the quick detour route:

Alert — the trail is temporarily detoured in McKeesport, Pa. so railroad and emergency vehicles can address a train derailment.

Please take Lysle Boulevard from Water Street to Coursin Street (at the Eat n Park restaurant), then ride across Coursin Street to pick up the trail at Locust Street. Watch for traffic on this on-road detour.

Thank you, McKeesport Trail Commission, for the alert.


Mikhail
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4th Ave and Market st is right at Police and VFD. So it’s has to  be closed. Just take a Lysle (after crossing RR tracks just continue straight forward one block and then turn right). You can stay on a sidewalk or take a lane for one or two blocks.


Eric
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Eric
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Think bike lanes are expensive?  $100 million to redo a small stretch of Route 30 between route 48 and Irwin.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2017/10/02/Route-30-PennDOT-road-preferred-plan-corridor-congestion-business-traffic-meeting/stories/201710020013


pinky
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It’s very sad that this happened, and I feel terrible for the family and friends, but this is seriously irresponsible reporting.

Teen driver, speeding, without a seatbelt, dies in a fatal crash after striking a deer carcass and then a telephone pole. His younger brother goes to the hospital with serious injuries.

1 of the 17  paragraphs mentions speed.

1 of the 17 paragraphs mentions the lack of seat belt.

12 of the 17 paragraphs discuss the fact that the teen hit a deer carcass as a cause of the crash and call out the dangers of deer.

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12804440-74/deer-carcass-speed-are-factors-in-teens-fatal-ligonier-township-crash

 


Eric
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Not to pile on the dead, but the car was scary old. Identified as a Chevy Nova. Those were last made in the 80s. I know because we had one, brown, with vinyl seats!  No airbags. No antilock brakes. Not a good idea for anyone, much less a new driver.

 

My guess is that the one he restored was the 60s through the late 70s one. The 80s one was jointly built with Toyota and became the Geo Prizm, so basically a Toyota Corolla. Those were never cool.  Ain’t no one restoring a mid 80s Corolla.

Again, mvc deaths are always a tragedy and there are no do overs. Just a red flag I picked out while reading the story.


StuInMcCandless
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And my first question, that nobody else ever asks, what was he doing in a car in the first place? He was headed to school. One would assume that for every day from kindergarten to the previous day, a school bus was available.


DoubleStraps
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I think that question ventures into pure conjecture territory. I know that when I was in high school, I had extra-curricular activities after school on 90% of my days, and there was no bus available after those wrapped up. Or I needed a car to get to where my extra-curricular activities were located (hockey rink, baseball field, etc.).


Eric
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It is also a “thing” probably pretty much at any high school in the US (except for a large city) that when you’re 16+, have a license, and access to a car, you drive to school instead of taking the school bus.  Every high school in the Pgh area (except for PPS) has parking for students.  In a lot of them you need to say that you need to drive to school because you have work or child care duties after school, but that’s just a formality.  You say that, you pay the token amount to park all year, and you get a parking pass.

Also, as DS mentioned above, a lot of after school activities have crazy schedules that aren’t compatible with the after school activity bus, if the school even has that available.  Parents have other kids to take care of and jobs with strange hours, and a lot of parents feel it is a real relief when kids can drive themselves to and from these activities instead of needing to shuttle them around.

My kids are in 9th grade and we have an insane after school and evening driving schedule for them to do soccer, band, clubs, fencing, music lessons, etc. etc.  I myself will be glad when my kids can take themselves to some of these activities.

 


Eric
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someone just posted on a facebook group a picture of stu’s friend, Darlene Harris, driving her SUV through the paths of West Park, because obviously taking the roads takes too much time, especially with those asshats that don’t STAY IN THE BIKE LANE!


Eric
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$100m to redo 5.5 miles of route 30. I bet 0 improvement for peds/bikes.

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12805998-74/widening-of-route-30-could-cost-over-100m-penndot-says

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