Local news stories and LTE 2017
CityPaper picked up on the Darlene Harris story where she’s menacing children in strollers:
I got Facebook blocked by Darlene Harris because I asked why she can’t park and WALK through the park (or use a scooter if she’s disabled). LOL.
@Rusty, Another reason not to have voted for her. She should stop smoking and ride her fat rump around with a bike for a change.
Take a survey on Schenley Park water infrastructure projects
I was looking for a cost for the Westmoreland Heritage Trail, also about a six-mile project. I’m pretty sure it was a smidge less than $100 million.
This suggests under $1 million to buy 9.2 miles of land (including the next section to be built) plus a few million more for design and construction. This says a construction bid of $1.4 million for the 5.6 mile stretch they just finished was under budget, so they applied the rest toward the next section, but I don’t know if that was the only construction company involved in building the trail.
Darlene Harris said, “I have dedicated my life to public service and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. ”
Maybe a few votes for other candidates can end that public “service.”
Did Darlene Harris’s “Stay in the damned bike lanes!” score points against her in the mayor’s race?
Also, is there any chance she is related to Bud Harris?
She came in third of three candidates. I’m trying to recall my exact words when I was on that TV broadcast, but the gist of it was, her demeanor that day toward that cyclist (me) did not reflect the respect she should be showing her fellow citizens as a city leader. That could not have helped her standing, a week before the election.
The Uber’s “fake city” is going to be taken back by ALMONO after their 8-year lease is up, according to the speaker from Green Building Alliance during the ALMONO bike tour on July 19th this year. It would be cool if it could be turn into a premier bike racing course better than the Washington Blvd Oval/Bud Harris Cycling Track. But it’s unlikely that ALMONO would agree to this. From I’ve heard, ALMONO is still having difficulties attract business to come, so they are not likely to accept non-profit use of their land at this scale. However, if some races are held in “Keirin-style” with gambling involved, perhaps it would generate enough money and interests for long-term use of the site.
REF: Keirin races: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keirin
See https://www.bikepgh.org/message-board/topic/encouraging-almono-to-think-big-on-active-transport/page/2/#post-339791 re promised integration of Almono into the existing Hazelwood street grid between Hazelwood Ave & Tecumseh St. I hope they do the neighborhood integration and eliminate the test track. We also need a bike trail connecting to the Glenwood Bridge and Duck Hollow Trail, somewhere in this area.
It would be cool if it could be turn into a premier bike racing course better than the Washington Blvd Oval/Bud Harris Cycling Track.
Crits — probably yes. Keirin — no.
gonna add the wtae bob mayo story on susan hicks and the new forbes bike lanes.
JuJu’s story made it to Grist
7th St bridge to reopen one sidewalk and at least one lane of traffic by Friday. Talked to a construction worker today.
Bids go out on 9th St bridge after 7th is done to start in June.
Port Authority apparently expects it to be completely open by end of next weekend–quarterly service updates list, effective 11/19, includes a whole bunch of “All days, inbound and/or outbound trips will return to the 7th Street Bridge.”
I think Port Authority sometimes officially switches back to an original route at a quarterly pick, even if the road won’t be open just yet. I suppose it’s better to have a 2 week detour at the start of the quarter, rather than wait 2.5 months to switch back (or have a 2.5 month detour). (For one thing, TrueTime won’t show a bus while it’s on a detour.)
city and pitt propose to redo bigelow between fifth and forbes.
I do not know why PennDOT could not have opened the 7th St Bridge to pedestrian traffic during Light-Up night. All the equipment was gone, all they needed to do on Saturday was remove the fences.
Didn’t Comcast have a big pavilion set up on the 7th Street bridge on Light Up Night? I didn’t try to enter it to see how much of the bridge it was occupying, so maybe it was just on the part of the bridge nearest to downtown, with a fence somewhere behind it.
Bigelow Blvd. between Downtown and Craig St. should come first. People have been KILLED because of speeding on this stretch of road.
Comcast did indeed have a big setup at the entrance to the bridge. It was fenced off behind it, including the sidewalks.
Regarding the new Grant Street crosswalk, up until a few months ago, there used to be a “Do Not Enter” sign and a “Wrong Way” sign, each on a single post on the right side of the bike bridge connector going toward the Smithfield St. Bridge, placed about a foot away from the side wall of the bikeway. (It still appears this way on Google streetview.)
Some time recently, that was replaced by two giant “Do Not Enter” signs These new ones each have two posts holding them up, so they now block 3 or 4 feet of the right side of the bikeway, which is maybe 10 feet wide. So Riverlife may be trying to improve this, but it is way worse than it was just a few months ago. It is a tight squeeze right where bikes and pedestrians bunch up at the crosswalk.
Yeah, those new larger do not enter signs suck (at least for pathway users).
Sorta not the right thread.
Article on car free cities
Armstrong Tunnel rehab work coming in 2020. Preliminary plans to be displayed this Wednesday at the Allegheny County courthouse from 6 to 7 pm:
It’d be nice to see if any bike/ped improvements will be made. From the article, it doesn’t seem like much will be made on that front.
this one didn’t make it:
Yet our local PennDOT engineer, Todd Kravits throws his hands up and says that, well, it ain’t our fault and there’s nothing we can do about it, because “recent studies have shown that upwards of 90 percent of all crashes are taking place today because of behavioral issues,” he said. “Whether it’s texting while driving, driving under the influence, distracted driving.”
So, without texting and driving we’d only have 10 percent of the current number of crashes? And somehow distracted driving effects Allegheny more than other counties? Sounds like #fakenews.
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The City Paper article suggests the absolute number of crashes should track people per square mile, and is surprised that we have the most crashes but not the highest population density. That’s silly. By that logic, a one-block county with everyone packed into massive apartment buildings should have huge numbers of crashes, while a vast county with nothing in it but a busy interstate and one house should have virtually none.
In reality, we should expect crashes to rise with both the size of a county and its population. Add people to a county and naturally you’d expect more crashes. But imagine you hold the population constant and spread them out over a bigger county. That typically means more roads and more driving. (Of course, this ignores lots of stuff. Counting the number of miles of road in a county might be a better predictor of absolute crash numbers than its area, but the article focuses on square miles, not road mileage, so let’s stick with that.)
It’s perfectly plausible that Allegheny would have the highest absolute number of crashes, regardless of how our road design compares to other counties. After all, we have the second-highest population in the state, but the one county with more people (Philadelphia county has 25% more) is much smaller (it’s 19% of our size).
I found 2014 crash stats by county here. Here are the top counties for crashes, in order, from page 59
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Now, let’s approximate the expected number of crashes. If you take each county’s population and multiply it by its area^0.3, to account for population being a more significant factor than area in crashes, you get this top ten list:
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Notice that the top few entries are identical. I just guessed at the 0.3 figure, but already it’s a pretty close approximation of the actual relative number of crashes.
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