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Eric
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StuInMcCandless
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I won’t waste my time commenting on the Trib site, but will point out that there is a second bridge in that ‘hood that cannot be used. Wilksboro Ave, just off the California-Benton corner, the bridge is still there but blocked off from any use. It’s so well hidden you have to hunt to find it on either end. In fact, it was Tag #1255.

Tag 1255 – Wilksboro Ave bridge

https://goo.gl/maps/XTjRHNQu39tNyed49


NMR
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Right on, Stu!

I’m hesitant to tell people about it in this era of Instagrammable hot spots in fear that somebody will fall taking a selfie and the solution will be to demolish the thing, but Wilksboro is one of the truly coolest relics I know of in the city.


Eric
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another public meeting about hazelwood

https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/16/Residents-told-redevelopment-plan-for-Hazelwood/stories/201909160171

doesn’t say that much that’s important as far as I can tell. Shuttle between Hazelwood and Oakland was mentioned as an aside.


Eric
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jonawebb
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Bicyclist hit on Saw Mill Run


Eric
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I am too lazy to create a new topic.

I was sitting in a dentist office today reading one of those free magazines about triathlons and in it it suggested that you should apply wax or lemon pledge to most of the areas of your bike to winterize it. Has anyone ever done this?


Ornoth
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I use Pedro’s Bike Lust, which is essentially a silicone “wax”, throughout the year. I don’t know as it’s heavy enough to protect against a ton of exposure to ice, salt, and sand, but I find it produces a nice shine and helps against general road gunk. For wintry conditions, I mostly just use an old beater bike.

A related old maid’s tale is using Pledge to clean dirty bar tape. Tried it, didn’t help much, left the tape feeling very slick.


Eric
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Eric
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An article about cycling the GAP trail as a black person. Where the writer tells his black companions in McKeesport: “So just so y’all know, once we leave The Port, we probably ain’t gonna see any more of us until we get to Maryland.”

https://time.com/5675803/america-flag-threat/


Eric
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Paul, I saw your comment under the trip article on the gap trail and I emailed the author last night and told him the same thing about the switchback.

My guess is that because the trib is all about saving money and having low journalist standards that this author never actually rode the gap trail but instead was pulling his information from websites. plus the fact that they do no copy editing or fact checking….


Eric
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lengthy road closure for Commercial Street (Nov -> Feb) with ongoing work through beginning of may 2020 to build a huge wall to stop subsidence plus repaving.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/09/24/Commercial-Street-project-slated-to-begin-in-November/stories/201909230131


Eric
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Woman on bike on gap under Rankin bridge fights off rape attempt

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/attempted-rape-in-whitaker-under-investigation/


Eric
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Eric
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Classic Trib article about ghost bike/silent ride for Thomas haykin tomorrow. 1) no info on time when it starts, 2) anti bike trolling comment underneath.

https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/silent-ride-sunday-to-honor-ohara-man-who-died-while-riding-to-work-in-harmar/


Eric
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city construction a “neighborway” under the Birmingham bridge to connect both sides of Wharton to allow peds and bikes better access to promote walking/riding.

https://www.wesa.fm/post/neighborways-and-forthcoming-bike-plan-city-aims-make-cycling-safer-easier-and-more-fun#stream/0


Eric
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2 99 percent invisible articles:
ARTICLE
Noodling Workaround: Cheap & Clever Hack Helps Make Roads Safer for Cyclists

Noodling Workaround: Cheap & Clever Hack Helps Make Roads Safer for Cyclists

EPISODE 372
The Help-Yourself City

The Help-Yourself City


Eric
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grandview ave getting temporary speed bumps to slow traffic . If it works they’ll install permanent ones.
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburghs-grandview-avenue-getting-speed-bumps-to-slow-traffic/


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