Local News Stories and LTE 2018

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zzwergel
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Why aren’t there any sharrows painted on the bus/bike lanes north of 3rd Ave.? The signs still say “Buses only” Due to the lack of sharrows north of 3rd Ave., I went over to Smithfield St. to continue north. On the plus side, the 3rd Ave. bike lane is in the video.

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StuInMcCandless
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If it ever gets done, I will be very surprised. Frankly I’m surprised it was agreed to at all.

TBQH, it would be better if sharrows are not put down. This does not have the support of bus drivers, and to put down sharrows would not play well. This sort of thing truly gums up labor-management discussions when such things need not have any gum added.


paulheckbert
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TBQH = Teen Bible Quiz Hour


Eric
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Are labor- mgmt talks going to hinge on sharrows? Bikes will be there sharrows or not. I’m assuming most bus drivers care more about pay, work hours, and benefits than sharrows come contract time.


StuInMcCandless
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TBQH=to be quite honest

It may appear to be background noise, but please take unilateral decisions by Port Authority management seriously. I’m already seeing ruffled feathers from bus drivers I consider to be among the more level headed. This may appear to be good for us, but there is a downside to it, too, and it’s invisible.

It’s not about sharrows, it’s about sharing space they did not used to have to (legally).


Eric
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Local police radar/laser bill is going to die. PA legislature term expires 11-30-18 and all bills die at that time. No votes scheduled between now and then. PA legislature has adjourned.  There may be a special sessions for a vote on a bill related to Catholic church abuse, but they certainly won’t take up unrelated business at that vote.

The main sponsor of the bill, who is my PA Senator, lost the primary, so he won’t be back to submit the bill in the next session.


paulheckbert
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Eric
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Pittsburgh Steeler pulled over for going “over 100 mph” on McKnight Road by local police.

But since local police can’t use radar all they could call it was basically reckless driving.

 

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14267527-74/antonio-brown-cited-for-speeding-over-100-mph-on-mcknight-road-police


Marko82
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Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program adds 9 new stations, bringing total to 175 with 700 bicycles

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14271536-74/pittsburghs-bike-sharing-program-adds-9-new-stations-bringing-total-to-175-with


Eric
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a) randyland in the picture!

b) Love how they talk about how the new 14th and Penn station located along the penn ave bikelane provides a “safe” way to get to points east.  Except that’s what we’ve been bitching about for years…


Eric
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Riverfront 47 news .  Looks more promising for North shore trail from Etna to Aspinwall…

https://triblive.com/local/foxchapel/14301998-74/riverfront-47-open-saturday-for-walking-tour


paulheckbert
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That R47 article says the designers, Balmori Associates, are seeking public input at info@balmori.com .


zzwergel
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@paul,

What about Shaler? The stretch of land between Etna and Millvale is in Shaler. If the trail does not connect between Etna and Millvale, it is still useless.


Eric
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last update I could find about shaler was about 1.5 years ago. https://triblive.com/local/hamptonshaler/12509066-74/shaler-gets-200k-in-funding-toward-three-rivers-heritage-trail-extension

 

things move slowly in municipal governments, especially if it’s a matter of figuring out land issues with railroads. (not sure if this is the case).

My guess is that it’ll be another 5-10 years before we have a fully done trail link from Aspinwall to downtown. Then I’m going to use the heck out of it.


zzwergel
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@eric,

Why would that be?


Eric
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http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2018/11/19/Tariffs-steel-aluminum-Chinese-imports-affecting-U-S-Pittsburgh-businesses-prices-Donald-Trump/stories/201811180004

 

Tariffs on bicycles made in china will increase to 25% on January 1st. This will affect the cheaper end of the market more than the more expensive bikes.  It may be hard to get people on bikes when the cheapest ones are more expensive or non-existent.


Eric
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This is why all Saturday morning the “High Water” flashers were going but the gates weren’t down.

 

Washington Boulevard Floodgates Inoperable After SUV Crash


Eric
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Pothole monster on Second Avenue near the Birmingham Bridge slayed 20+ cars yesterday.

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14316335-74/south-oakland-pothole-leaves-drivers-with-flats


Marko82
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Woman claims BNY Mellon fired her for Antwon Rose-related Facebook post because she’s white

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14314918-74/woman-claims-bny-mellon-fired-her-for-facebook-post-because-shes-white

On June 30, Ellis used her personal Facebook account to comment on a news article about reckless driving charges filed against Bell Acres Councilman Gregory C. Wagner for driving his car through a group of social justice activists whose protest shut down streets in the North Shore.

Ellis wrote, “Total BS. Too bad he didn’t have a bus to plow through.”

Ellis’ comment was not racially motivated, and “we don’t think that a reasonable person would perceive that as inciting violence or meaning it literally,” Colianni said.

Yeah it wasn’t racist, she just advocated running people over with a bus, because I guess a car wouldn’t kill enough.  Lovely lady.

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Eric
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The good and the bad of it is that PA is an at will work state so the bar for her to win is very, very high. My guess is that she’s hoping to get a settlement to disappear…


Eric
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StuInMcCandless
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That’s where we put the speed cameras.


Eric
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this is from the Governors Highway Safety Administration–

Still no speed camera law in PA, but I *think* Wolf signed a bill in October meaning that work zones on highways will have speed cameras.  And although Pittsburgh can use red light cameras, I think the law is so narrowly written/there’s such backlash that I think they’re only used out in Philly.  I know when red light camera laws were more in vogue a lot of cities rolled them out and then over the years have decreased their usage due to citizen anger. I guess the 2 issues are — money maker for the city and money maker for private companies.

My wife got zapped by a speed camera in DC about 15 years ago. We got a postcard in the mail with a cool picture of the rear end of her car. Given that the camera wasn’t completely horizontal the picture looks like it was taken by a 5 year old.  I paid the fine. No points on the license for her.

I just looked up Ohio, where I’m going today. I remember there being red light cameras on the east side of the city, near Shaker. Like along Lee Road leading from 480 into Shaker. It seems that Ohio changed the law that they can only be used “when an officer is present.” So they’re all gone.

Speed Cameras
No state law or programs

Red Light Cameras
Violation/State Law
Limited

Permitted Locations/Criteria
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and municipalities with a population greater than 20,000 and a police department accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties; requires local ordinance

Citation Issued To/Liability
Registered owner/Owner

Image Taken
Photos

Penalties (Traditional Penalties)
$100 maximum; not on operating record ($25 maximum; 3 points)


paulheckbert
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Letter-writer says “I was shocked and disgusted to see more bicycle lanes added to downtown and Oakland streets, especially in areas where people need to park…”

https://triblive.com/opinion/letters/14324919-74/letter-to-the-editor-bike-lanes-take-up-valuable-space


chrishent
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Man, I don’t even know where to begin on that LTE. It’s almost as if that was written by an automated letter generator; he did all the greatest hits!


Eric
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Honestly with the Trib they love publishing these LTEs apropos of nothing because it is click bait for their rabid audience of 50+ year old men. It generates lots of comments underneath which then helps improve their audience #s as their main source of revenue now is ad revenue from their website. It’s cheaper than having a reporter write an article (which they publish to the website without any copy editing…)

I think ignoring is probably the best thing to do. Any defending of bike lanes in the comment section just leads to non-productive name calling like “libtard” and “snowflake” and drives up the click count for the Trib and reaffirms their decision to publish click bait.

The irony is that I bet that the author rarely if ever attends events in Oakland or Downtown.


StuInMcCandless
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I was going to post this response, but cannot get my iPad to talk to the Facebook plugin.

Cars are great tools for transpoting people and things some distance, but once at that destination, become more liability than asset. Suburbanites have difficulty accepting this, as the comments here show. No, you cannot expect to park close for free in a busy area. Lose that idea, and accept instead that you have to drop grandma at the corner then pay to park in a garage three blocks away. Cyclists, meanwhile, are doing you a favor by freeing up a parking space somewhere for you. Yes we can carry groceries and packages on our bikes. And anyplace you don’t see a bike lane, you can expect to follow a bike at bike speed, without complaint.


Marko82
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LeslieThomas
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Route 837 East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project


edmonds59
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Stu^ – excellent, kudos. As usual.


Eric
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sorta local, sorta national.  People are now conducting their own air monitoring for pollution. Includes bikers as well as Pittsburgh in the article.


paulheckbert
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Eric’s link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/style/air-quality-pollution-monitors.html

(it didn’t work for me, in Chrome)


StuInMcCandless
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@lesliethomas – I don’t see a link here. Can you please repost? A search turned up articles from several months ago, nothing recent.


Eric
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Oi . This message system sucks .I cut and paste the link into my message (on the text tab) and in chrome I can see a preview of the link but can’t click it .   How I miss the old version of the message board. :(


paulheckbert
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PG letter to the editor anticipates crowds attending “Hamilton” in January, and recommends: “It would be a nice gesture on the part of the Pittsburgh Public Works Department to temporarily remove the bicycle lanes along Penn and Sixth avenues to allow theatergoers easier access when entering and exiting parking lots and garages.

Hah!

https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2018/12/03/A-nice-gesture/stories/201812030027


The Iguana
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If such large crowds are expected, then the streets should be closed to car traffic, except shuttles that carry the throngs from satellite parking areas…


Eric
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Amazingly I’ve been too many other sold out shows at the benedum in the last few years and I’ve never had to stand in the bike lane to get on . I also went to a show w their new security measures 2 weeks ago and it took 20 extra seconds to get in the door. Security is much faster than 75 year old volunteer ushers trying to scan your ticket with an Android device.


chrishent
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Man, I thought the guy that wrote that LTE would have been from Murrysville or Cranberry, but instead he’s from Squirrel Hill! Seriously, a 61ABCD, 67 or 69 probably go by close enough to where he lives, and drops him and whoever goes with him within a block or two of the theater. This is without mentioning that if he’s over 65, he can ride the bus for free.

My guess is that he’s one of those people I see standing in line for 15-20 minutes to get on the elevator at the Sixth and Penn garage after a show (so they can then spend 15-20 minutes to drive out of the garage), which I always think it’s both funny and sad.


Eric
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What’s even better is that while people are waiting in the lobby at Sixth and Penn other people walk upstairs to the 2nd floor and monopolize the elevators, keeping the lobby people waiting even longer.

If you’re going to drive downtown for a show, the solution is to park at the Grant Street garage and walk over. It’s $5 after hours and only about 4 blocks to the action. plus 0 traffic getting there or home. And sometimes you can find free parking on Penn on the same block. we do it all the time.

 

P.s. I’ve been going to the Benedum before the penn avenue bike lane and it was just as crowded peds and auto traffic wise before the bike lane due to people demanding to be picked up and dropped off right in front of the theater.  I can see this being important for people with mobility issues, but I typically see people without mobility issues wanting curb service while the driver then searches for parking.


chrishent
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From the PG, more on the Healthy Ride expansion, including data that shows ridership during the summer months increased in 2018 vs 2016 and 2017:

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/12/02/Healthy-Ride-Pittsburgh-bike-sharing-program-adding-stations-new-neighborhoods/stories/201812020119

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