Local News Stories and LTE 2019.
Not quite an LTE and not quite local (we know we can bike there in 24 hours, right?) but another bonehead trying to look smart.
Looks like the North Shore Trail is getting a new name.
Today, on 25th anniversary of his swearing in, Mayor Peduto presented Mayor Tom Murphy the key to the city and announced plans to rename the North Side riverfront trail in his honor pic.twitter.com/8qWsFhbkg0
— Daniel Gilman (@danielgilman) January 3, 2019
I am a Pittsburgh native, but I live near Baltimore. Here is the perspective on the WaPo article, from WABA.
David Smith of Hempfield is back at it.
I responded to the Trib article.
This concerns me, as I own property in Hempfield, I ride a bike for transportation, and ride in accordance with PA traffic law. If you encounter me on the road, I fear you will think I am this other guy, and wish to do me harm.
Can we be clear what 75-3301c1 means? Yes, a cyclist may occupy the full lane on a two-lane road. Even if we are in the right-most inch of the lane, you still have to cross halfway into the oncoming lane to pass us, so our position within the lane makes no difference. Just change lanes and pass. Yes, you may legally cross a yelow line to pass a cyclist if visibly safe to do so, same as driving around a downed tree. On a 4-lane road, the cyclist uses the entire right lane; you pass in the left lane. Got it?
A lotta info here…Real Estate Construction in Pgh…some direct bike related…
Sharpsburg to become more peds friendly
Joy Riders program brings bike rides to those with limited mobility
PAAC buying 2 plug-in electric buses for testing. Will be out of the East Liberty garage. Will get them by September. Goal is to test them and to see if would be feasible to use on the BRT.
Why train travel between PGH and phily takes so long. Good primer on who owns what rails and getting access to rails vis a vis rail issues and rail trails. A bit tangential to the message board but still interesting.
The proprietor of City Cafe in Edgewood, Emil Lester, writes “City needs commuter bicycle routes”:
I added a long comment:
Let’s name some potential bike routes, infrastructure that now does not exist which, if it did, could get people around the city a lot easier and safer.
1) A direct connection between the Pocusset Trail and the top of dead-end Saline St would open the entire East End to the Jail Trail.
2) A direct connection between the Duck Hollow Trail and the new streets about to be opened in Hazelwood Green, would enable non-motorized travel to and from that new billion dollar investment.
3) The existing corner of Saline-Greenfield-Second-Irvine barely handles current bike traffic, let alone any increase from the above two ideas. My solution is a suspended ring walkway 100 feet across, taking all bike traffic out of car and railroad contention.
4) A bike incline, essentially a tiny version of a ski lift, installed next to the Joncaire St steps, that would help cyclists traverse the 100-foot climb from Junction Hollow up into Oakland. Maybe several of these (Troy Hill, Bigelow St in Greenfield, Chislett off of Butler, among others).
5) A “marsupial bridge” underneath the Glenwood Bridge, connecting the trails on either side of the Mon.
6) A bike bridge across the railroad tracks at Becks Run Road, would help open up the Carrick-Baldwin area to the river trails.
7) Legal bike access of the Wabash Tunnel, the only level way from one side of Mt Washington to the other that isn’t jammed full of cars.
8) A bike path from River Avenue in McKees Rocks to Transport Street in Overbrook, so anyone south of the Mt Washington can get downtown on a bike.
None of the above infringes on anyone’s parking, anyone’s speed limits, anyone’s private property rights, and mostly removes car-bike contention, while improving bike access all over the city. And cost? I’d wager that except for the suspended ring, all of that would cost less than rebuilding one suburban intersection.
McKees Rocks to Overbrook. How would you do that?
The new Joncaire St. steps already have runnels.
Starting new post about public steps.
Meeting. Aspinwall. Feb 13 6-7pm. Topic is peds/cyclist/bus improvement for Aspinwall, especially Freeport road.
Anyone know what this 3 acre open space is owned by the SEA?
@eric my guess for the SEA grant would be a piece of the new Crosstown Blvd Cap project.
Z, my long-term vision is for a bike trail along the tracks from River Ave in McKees Rocks, then up onto a currently non-existent bike lane on the river side of West Carson. PennDOT tore down a perfectly good bridge over West Carson that carried the abandoned railroad line that runs above 51 all the way down to just short of West Liberty Avenue. If that rail bed and associated torn down viaducts were to be rebuilt, that would provide a bikeway from McKees Rocks to Wabash Tunnel, and almost down to West Liberty Ave.
Getting upstream along there, out to Transport Street in Overbrook, will take an act of the almighty to make happen. In essence, you’re somehow getting across West Liberty, then squeezing between the South Busway, Rt 51, the active railroad, and the creek. There’s space, but it won’t be easy.
While I’m dreaming, put a roof over the whole thing, too. Sure, why not, an enclosed tube, protecting cyclists from the weather for that journey. But I’m waaaay off topic for local news stories. Let’s take this to another thread.
The Onion is always local news
City unveils preliminary designs for Smallman Street bike lanes, walking and transit
PG write-up on the upcoming Frigid Bitch race:
376 the 5th most congested road in the U.S.
“For Pittsburghers, congestion cost 127 hours. Congestion cost the city $1.2 billion, an average of $1,776 per driver, according to the scorecard.”
“On I-376, drivers face a daily delay of 18 minutes, or about 72 hours per year.”
Right now! FREE FOOD! beer! Until 6pm today. Friends of the Riverfront mixer. In their old office. 33 Terminal Way, Southside.
produce terminal construction in the strip to start within a month.
For those without access to the P-G (I may or may not be visiting the site via a VPN from Toronto because crazy John Block doesn’t deserve any of my money…):
The long-awaited redevelopment of the iconic produce terminal in the Strip District is about to clear its final hurdle.
Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board members are expected to decide Thursday whether to give Chicago-based McCaffery Interests the go ahead to start construction on its proposed $49.5 million makeover of the Strip landmark.
With the approval, McCaffery hopes to start construction within “a couple of weeks to a month maximum,” CEO Dan McCaffery said Wednesday.
Produce terminal redevelopment finally ripe to start in the Strip District
“The word I would use is imminent,” he said.
Thursday’s authorization would be the culmination of McCaffery’s nearly five-year odyssey to gain control of the URA-owned 1,533-foot warehouse that takes up five blocks of Smallman Street.
The URA board vote will come as part of a deal that McCaffery has reached with the Society for Contemporary Craft, now known as Contemporary Craft, to move out of its longtime space in the east end of the terminal.
McCaffery is contributing $1.3 million to the relocation of the group, which will announce the site of its new home Thursday. The $1.3 million will come in the form of four payments, according to a report accompanying the URA agenda.
As part of Thursday’s board vote to authorize construction, the URA would front up to $1 million to Contemporary Craft for the relocation. It would be reimbursed by McCaffery.
McCaffery also will pay $2.5 million to the URA to lease the building for 99 years. Although the URA will continue to own the Strip landmark, the developer will pay real estate taxes on it because of the length of the lease. The property currently is tax exempt.
The proposed terminal redevelopment includes a “food-centric” locally owned market featuring a chef incubator kitchen, grab-to-go foods, and coffee and cocktail bars.
Elizabeth Behrman/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh school board approves tax diversion plan for Strip District’s produce terminal project
McCaffery also has agreed to lease at least 40,000 square feet within the complex to local or regional businesses focused on artisan food, crafts, produce, meats and creative arts.
There also are plans for offices, restaurants, brew pubs, fitness space and perhaps even “urban-size” drug and hardware stores to cater to the growing residential population in the Strip.
In addition, the rehab includes plans for pedestrian passageways to be built through the terminal at 17th, 18th and 20th streets.
McCaffery intends to widen the dock facing Smallman to provide for outdoor dining and strolling. There will be 274 spaces of surface parking available on the river side of the terminal.
The developer already has some letters of intent with prospective tenants, although Mr. McCaffery declined to name them Wednesday.
Rehabbing the terminal will take a lot of work, he said. McCaffery will have to install heating, cooling, water and sewage systems and undertake other restoration and remediation tasks.
“This building has been summarily ignored for decades. Even steel can rot,” he said. “It’s a big job.”
Mr. McCaffery anticipates a 14- to 16-month construction period. It has hired P.J. Dick as its general contractor.
Along with the produce terminal, McCaffery is planning to redevelop the 1600 Smallman property across the street into office and retail, with a 179-space parking structure to be built next to it.
The developer has an option to buy that real estate. It expects to finalize the purchase of that property and close on the terminal at about the same time.
Taking place in conjunction with the two redevelopments, expected to cost $100 million combined, are roughly $24 million in upgrades to Smallman between 16th and 21st streets to improve pedestrian access, safety, and circulation.
McCaffery became involved in the terminal after Mayor Bill Peduto objected to a plan pitched by the Buncher Co., which at one time held the development rights to the property, to demolish the western third of the structure as part of a proposed makeover.
“We’re just excited to get where we are and looking forward to finishing it up for us and for everyone. It’s all going to be good,” Mr. McCaffery said.
Mark Belko: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1262.
Trailside bldg back in business
Crosswalk going up on Forbes at Pitt/skybridge
Loan to R47 to help prep site. Trail extension there within a century, here we come.
Pittsburgh to require ‘clean construction’ on Duck Hollow bridge project
Ricks said the old bridge would remain open during construction. The city will maintain it in the future as a “recreational bridge” open only for pedestrians and bicyclists, she said.
“It becomes a non-motorized opportunity that connects to the spectacular waterfronts and the trail network that we have there,” she said.
From the zone 4 police station on Facebook:
It’s been over five months since we started asking Zone 4 residents to contact us about their stolen bicycles. If you live in the Zone and have had a bicycle stolen and you have not contacted us, please message our page ASAP with the color, brand, model, and any other identifying characteristics (accessories, damage, etc). We’re getting ready to donate the bikes that remain here in safekeeping at the station.
Zone 4 is Squirrel Hill, Oakland, etc.
Article about Aspinwall/Freeport road transportation study. Not much new info for those of you keeping score at home.
Ketchup City bike maintenance class
Peds vs car deaths up nationally. Up 40 percent in PA. Suggests bigger cars and cell phone use as main drivers of increase, no pun intended.
For years, the sidewalks along the 40th St. Bridge went unmaintained, so a bike courier decided to take on the responsibility herself
Tim McNulty, communications director for the city of Pittsburgh, emailed Pittsburgh City Paper that “there were rounds and rounds of talks on which government agency should be responsible for the sidewalks (among PennDOT, Pittsburgh and Millvale) and rather than dealing with endless red tape, the city’s Department of Public Works finally decided to just take the job over.” McNulty says Pittsburgh DPW plans to handle the bridge’s sidewalk maintenance going forward.
So all of this craziness over one bridge. Will they figure out all the other bridges while we’re at it, or do we need to wait 10 years between bridges… :(
That 40th Street Bridge story is awesome. So glad that someone in the city finally decided to take it over.
It’s funny how the article says “due to its unique location linking Pittsburgh to Millvale”, as if a bridge from one municipality to another is unusual. The 62nd Street Bridge right up the street links Pittsburgh to Etna. Then the Highland Park Bridge links Pittsburgh to Sharpsburg/Aspinwall. Those are only examples within about 3 miles of the 40th Street Bridge. This happens practically anywhere there is a river.
Highland Park bridge actually links Pittsburgh to ohara. There’s a little tiny stub of ohara there, cut off from the rest of the township. Go figure. Ohara is actually 4 discrete pieces of land. Used to be just one before fox chapel left, plus the stub by the highland Park bridge, I guess, so the township had some rights to the riverfront.(although they have a lot of riverfront land further down between waterworks and blawnox)
Here’s another recent story on Dani’s ongoing project.
She has an account on this message board, too, though I haven’t seen her on here in a while.
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