Local News Stories and LTE 2018
New thread for a new year.
Fill ‘er up with bike-related local news stories and letters to the editor, etc.
From the Post-Gazette:
“Francesca Montenegro makes a cold commute to a dentist appointment before work on the North Side on Wednesday. Francesa said that this is the first time this season that she has worn her goggles during her 5-mile commute to work by bicycle.”
more info about the terminal way/s side area redevelopment with another proposed parcel to be redeveloped (into something artisanal. )
Interesting bit here:
In the third settlement, the city would pay $50,000 to Victoria Rainey of Manchester, who alleged the city was negligent in failing to maintain a sidewalk outside the Phipps Conservatory in Oakland.
WESA: Dockless Bike-Share: Hop On A Bike And Park It Anywhere
@nmr, this is the first time I’ve heard of pgh settling for slip and falls on sidewalks they’re supposed to maintain. meaning I’m wondering if people should lawyer up if they wreck in an unplowed bike lane…
Snow-Covered Bike Lanes Causing Problems For City Cyclists
Snow-Covered Bike Lanes Causing Problems For City Cyclists
PG has a poll today asking if you think bike lanes should be plowed. So far, 49% said yes, 40% no, with remainder having no opinion.
Sometimes (always?) Those polls are clickbait for you to answer other survey questions that the PG makes $$ off of.
@edronline, oh, I know. Today’s follow-up questions concerned apps for ordering take-out. Don’t people cook at home? Jeez.
MILLVALE, Pa. – Police in Millvale have released surveillance video of a hit-and-run that seriously hurt a veteran in hopes of finding the driver.
Police released the video Thursday because they’ve been looking for the driver for months and can’t find her, hoping someone will recognize the car and turn her in.
“Initially it was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me. Did I just get hit by a car?'” said Thomas Bricker.
He is the bicyclist in surveillance video who can be seen coming down Grant Street in Millvale when he gets run over by a car.
Thomas has been in physical therapy for a dislocated shoulder ever since the incident that happened on Oct. 26.
Police tried for months to find the female driver, but couldn’t, and that’s why they just released the surveillance video to Channel 11.
Bricker, who was in the Marine Corps for five years, still can’t understand how the driver could just hit him and leave.
“Thank God I was wearing my helmet, I don’t know what would’ve happened then,” he said.
There is a possible reward for information leading to a suspect and conviction.
The driver will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.
The letter-to-the-editor titled “Cyclists also have a share in the culture of impunity” argues that “the city’s promotion of cycling has come without any obvious enforcement mechanism such as those applying to motor vehicles and has put pedestrians at increased risk”.
Did the writer say “increased” when he meant “reduced”?
Strava activities make the local news:
New Commutes: Analyzing the changing ways Pittsburghers get to work
“People will bike if they feel it is safe for them to do so.”
No charges to be filed in the road-rage incident discussed here. Nobody’s filed a report with the police.
Here’s a real doozy in the trib. so much straight up wrong.
rezoning and the local riverfront and trails
Potholes and some bike tips on how to avoid
AeroTech Designs moving out of the city, but intends to stay in the Pittsburgh region:
Friends of the Riverfront has their office in the Aero Tech Designs building. They just moved there last year. When Aero Tech moves out, FOTR might have to relocate, also. (I don’t have inside information on this, just guessing.)
Bummer, I really appreciate local manufacturing. They just got their retail shop up and running recently, I was looking forward to browsing. Too bad their winter hours were also mostly the exact same hours I am at work (so I haven’t made it there yet, and probably won’t anytime soon)
Whenever I read that the parkway is going to be under construction I think – good thing there’s an awesome bike trail right next to it! Unfortunate though that a bunch of work is being done to 837 and no pedestrian/cycling improvements are planned (outside of the south side). Due to it’s proximity to the GAP trail, it would be great to have that road be more friendly so that locals can safely get from their homes to the trail. Since there are many low-income neighborhoods throughout the corridor, they would greatly benefit from increased pedestrian and cycling safety which would allow people to get to work more safely. It would also likely help the neighborhoods improve long-term. In many areas 837 it is a high-speed corridor and really doesn’t need to be.
Also, I love this picture from the PG a few days ago when Forward Ave was closed due to landslides: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/03/01/Landslide-forces-closure-of-Forward-Avenue-in-Squirrel-Hill-Pittsburgh-walnut-towers/stories/201803010144
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Bree33.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and his bike is now a bobblehead.
It isn’t just sidewalks on bridges
There was a woman charged for the hit and run of the bicyclist in Millvale last year. She’s “won’t go to jail because of pregnancy” according to WPXI https://www.wpxi.com/video?videoId=719112650&videoVersion=2.0
Pittsburgh Bike Share is expanding and hoping to get more minority and low-income riders on bikes.
It does appear that as they get input from their community meetings, they are updating the map to reflect that feedback. I’ve seen a couple stations move around on the map.
Subway map of pittsburgh
Lane restrictions start Monday on Pittsburgh’s Greenfield Bridge
“Lane restrictions will start Monday on Pittsburgh’s Greenfield Bridge as crews add a pedestrian safety railing, the city said in a news release.”
Where exactly is this railing being placed? I couldn’t figure it out from the trib article and I’m trying not to use up my PG articles.
It must be on the western (downtown) side of the bridge. It says the bike lane will be used for the detour. I think the sidewalk is unprotected, so there will be some kind of railing to keep people from accidentally stepping into the road.
The parapets are getting modified with railing extensions to make then at least 42″ high, I believe on all quadrants.
Upcoming parking changes/construction on Smallman.
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