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Eric
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Science Friday is in town this week and had a segment on Lane Spotter.

City Cyclists Crowdsource The Safest Path


chrishent
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Reposting from another thread, an LTE in the PG about bike lanes through Shadyside:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2018/05/22/Rethink-bike-lanes-through-narrow-residential-streets/stories/201805220043


StuInMcCandless
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I added a comment, and in the hour or so since, got two positive and zero negative replies.

Unstated in all this bike lane discussion is that bikes already have a bike lane, everywhere. It’s called the driving lane. As a driver, if there’s a cyclist in front of you, you patiently follow said cyclist in that lane. You will have no expectation of even attaining the speed limit, so get over it. Every other thing slowing you down, you just accept – garbage trucks, geese, someone parallel parking, someone with a forklift unloading a truck, pedestrian crossing, whatever – and you accept that. But a bike appears, and people go bonkers. Stop it. On most city streets, and many residential streets outside the city, it’s 25 mph. Expect to go 25, tops, and the cyclist toodling along at 15 will be of no consequence. Besides, state law gives you explicit permission to cross the yellow line to pass a cyclist if visibly safe to, same as if you were driving around a downed tree branch. Just be nice while you’re doing that if you feel it necessary, and continue on your way. Is that really all that difficult to accept?


Eric
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Protected bikelanes would be too much to ask…

Funded study would brainstorm future of Route 65


Eric
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chrishent
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Eric
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climax tunnel restoration.

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13668587-74/tunnel-renovation-will-be-the-climax-to-trail-expansion-in-armstrong-county

Anyone know anything about this trail? I think I drive along it when driving up 28 to Brookville.  At least I can see a trail along the eastern side of the road for part of the trip… maybe around Redbank?


Eric
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R47 gets money for part of north shore trail

Would be nice to have Aspinwall to 19th in Sharpsburg added. Will then need a link between 19thc and Etna.
http://triblive.com/local/foxchapel/13701095-74/riverfront-47-awarded-state-grant-for-trail-planning


Eric
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A few days ago I tweeted to pgh311 that they should have no parking/no stopping/no loading signs on the Penn Ave cycle track. This thought occured to me last Saturday morning when a paragon food truck was well in the lane, completely encased with bollards, delivering to a restaurant at 630 am. The driver told me he had”15 min to unload.”. Pgh311 tweeted back that they passed this idea onto the parking authority.

Then yesterday pgh parking authority tweeted this:
https://mobile.twitter.com/PGHParking/status/1001859180570071040

I tweeted back my sign idea and the PPA said they’d talk to the city about it.

In any case, I hope this happens. I think it’ll cut out maybe 25 percent of the random parking there. But also take away the “I didn’t know” defense.


Eric
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tangential reference to Etna Riverfront park in this article about solar panels and other improvements in Millvale and Etna.

Anyone have any timeline info on the Etna park?

Triboro Ecodistrict of Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg receive over $2 million for green infrastructure, art & education


Eric
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this is why the Point State Park fountain is only partly working —
http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13722486-74/point-state-park-fountain-repairs-continue


jonawebb
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NMR
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32 yo record label manager who just moved to Troy Hill complaining about gentrification is like the SOV driver stuck in traffic complaining about congestion. You’re not in traffic, you are traffic. Find a better perspective.

The absolutely worst thing that can happen is like in 2015, when two challengers split the dissenting vote and Harris walked in with a plurality.

Ugh.


The Iguana
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Want more beautiful riverfront trails? Here’s your chance to help Friends of the Riverfront and ALCOSAN

Want more beautiful riverfront trails? Here’s your chance to help Friends of the Riverfront and ALCOSAN


Eric
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Marko82
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Eric
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Blawnox section of trail opened officially. As you can see sharrows are still misplaced, being used as directionals instead.

http://triblive.com/local/foxchapel/13790139-74/three-rivers-heritage-trail-segment-opens-in-blawnox


chrishent
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Eric
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Marko82
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CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Police in Chippewa Township are searching for a vehicle that hit a bicyclist Monday morning and took off.

https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/bicyclist-injured-in-hit-and-run-police-searching-for-car/777460275


Eric
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“cap” over 579/crosstown blvd approved, construction should start in 6 or so months.
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13825742-74/pittsburgh-council-signs-off-on-cap-project-over-crosstown-expressway


jonawebb
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It’s worth remembering at this point the genesis of crosstown boulevard, which severed the connection between the Hill District and Downtown, leading to the eventual destruction of a vital center of Aftrican-American culture. A while ago I looked up Robert Moses’s 1939 “Arterial Plan for Pittsburgh” in the Pennsylvania section of the main Carnegie Library, and copied the pages at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0SsCVLENRv4NXowTGlMTHFqZUk. The crosstown boulevard plan was described as follows:
“A new thoroughfare free from crossings at grade should be built to connect Duquesne Way, Bigelow Boulevard and the Liberty Bridge, tapping the Boulevard of the Allies. Incidentally, this will wipe out a slum district which is no credit to Pittsburgh and which has a depressing effect on available surrounding property. The service roads should be separated from the central roadway by landscaped borders, which, while they will be necessarily comparatively narrow, will do much to improve the general appearance of the neighborhood.” (page 17)
This was well before the Civic Arena, which only confirmed the final destruction of the neighborhood. We are only now, 80 years later, undoing some of the damage caused by this destructive, racially motivated, road.


Eric
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Eric
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Eric
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zzwergel
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Regarding the Etna thing.

Is this trail going to connect to Millvale so that crossing the river twice, riding on railroad ballast, or climbing hills is no longer necessary for travel from Aspinwall, Sharpsburg, and Etna to the North Shore?


Eric
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Yes. That’s the plan.


Marko82
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Boy riding bicycle struck by vehicle in Northview Heights

http://www.wtae.com/article/boy-riding-bicycle-struck-by-vehicle-in-northview-heights/22582263

 


Eric
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Eric
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Man who died jumping off the hot metal bridge was a local cyclist. Did crush the Commonwealth.

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13919269-74/friends-say-man-who-jumped-off-hot-metal-bridge-likely-did-so


pearmask
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Austin holds the record for CtC in at least one direction, and he was also a really wonderful person. Hug your friends today.


jonawebb
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From the PG: fundraiser for funeral expenses at the Tiki Lounge this Sunday 5-9 pm. 2003 E Carson.
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/07/30/hot-metal-bridge-jump-pittsburgh-austin-bible-crush-commonwealth/stories/201807300151


Swalfoort
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Two updates:

There was a nice piece on Austin in the local news this morning (7-31-2018).  I cannot recall if it was PG or Trib.  I’ll try to edit to add a link or cut and paste here later this morning.

 

The driver in the Chippewa Twp hit and run incident earlier this month has been identified and charged with several traffic offenses.  The cyclist survived the crash.


Eric
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I didn’t know Austin but his friends had nice things to say about him on the news. Very touching.


StuInMcCandless
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Probably the most mainstream publicity CtC has ever gotten.


jonawebb
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Eric
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who knows what the right thread is anymore?

Anyway, cyclist hit this morning 730 am on baum in shadyside. went to hospital for eval.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/08/15/Vehicle-hits-bicyclist-in-Shadyside-pittsburgh/stories/201808150088


Eric
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boy on bike gets hit by train in dawson, fayette county. looks like an at-grade crossing in a small town without arms.

https://triblive.com/local/regional/13976146-74/child-hit-by-train-in-fayette-county


Eric
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Mikhail
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boy on bike gets hit by train in dawson, fayette county. looks like an at-grade crossing in a small town without arms.

There are about five crossings like this. All are in about half mile range.

 

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