Local news stories & LTE 2015
Somewhat late, but a new thread for a new year
2014 thread can be found here http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/letters-to-the-editor-2014-edition/page/5/#post-309720
2013 thread is here http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/another-pg-bicycle-letter-21jun13/page/5/#post-288637
- This topic was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Marko82.
Connellsville has several new eateries near the GAP trail getting ready to open (see end of the article)
The thousands of people who hike and bike along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail through Connellsville and the hundreds of local residents who enjoy visiting Yough River Park owe thanks to the foresight of Dave Tremba, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 79
More on the bike lanes on the Clemente bridge:
Also mentions that there will be a bike lane on 6th St that connects to the bridge lanes to the ones on Penn Ave. It doesn’t say on which side of the street or if it’s on both sides.
Study finds more than 800,000 hit the Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Trib calling bike lanes a waste:
^Huh? I guess the Trib is ok with the 6th street bridge being closed completely for all Pirate home games though; ’cause ya know, it doesn’t involve bikes – only the millions of dollars in subsidies paid to an owner/millionaire to build a stadium that the voters disagreed with.
If a road that’s deemed fit to be entirely closed 82+ times a year is not fit for bike lanes, then what is? Nothing according to the Trib’s editorial board.
I do wonder how this will work during Pirates games. Are we bikers going to act like pedestrians should not be in the bike lane when the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic? Will there be signage telling us to dismount and walk across during games?
@marko82, I was just gonna say tha. Pretty sure that closing the bridge 80+ times a year for Pirates games (plus, I think, for Steelers/Pitt games + other events) causes more traffic disruption than reducing the number of lanes. I always like to go in and out of downtown on this bridge precisely because of the low traffic.
@mjacobpgh, the polite thing would be to dismount and walk, but that would depend on how many people are on the bridge. I think the pedicabs operate on the bridge during game days.
Yea, I’ve biked across very slowly on game days(to get to the game myself). I don’t think trying to take ownership of the bike lanes on a game day would be a good idea. Probably best to avoid the bridge altogether if you’re biking.
Penn Middle school student wants to steer bikes to disadvantaged kids
“People that don’t have a bike or can’t afford one, I want them to be able to have a bike so they can have the fun that I have when I ride,” said Sloan http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourpenntrafford/yourpenntraffordmore/8062442-74/bikes-sloan-pittsburgh#ixzz3W9oY6MtW
FYI, something has been eating that turkey. I wonder if it was taken by a raptor?
Again, with the 10-11 AM window?
@rustyred I guess he gets to work by 9:30, gets a coffee and bullshits for a bit before actually getting on with work.
I do wonder if he counted how many cars went by in the same period because he is right about one thing: Penn Ave is Desolation Drive during non rush hours.
Must be nice to saunter into work at 11AM.
Even during rush hour, Penn Ave isn’t clogged with bumper to bumper cars, so why the whining? The only time I see Penn Ave clogged is when there’s an event like a play/musical/concert letting out, a sporting event or a parade that’s shut down Liberty.
Maybe we should outlaw *those* things!
I guess the Trib hired someone from their comment section to write for them?
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Rainbow Kitchen Community Services & UPMC Health Plan will host the 11th annual W.A.R. (Walk And Ride) Against Hunger. The W.A.R. Against Hunger, which is Rainbow Kitchen’s major annual fundraising event, is a walk/bicycle ride along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail beginning at the Waterfront in Homestead. A Health & Wellness Expo held during the event will offer free health screenings and information about healthy lifestyle choices and practices. Please support Rainbow Kitchen’s efforts to help our neighbors in need … and join us in the W.A.R. Against Hunger!
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE W.A.R. AGAINST HUNGER:
?Register to participate in the event, and collect pledge contributions (see below for registration and pledge contribution information)
?Make a donation or pledge contribution: Click on the DONATE tab above to make a secure donation via PayPal (please note W.A.R. Against Hunger in the “purpose” field to designate your contribution) or for other donation options.
?Purchase an ad or line of greeting in our event program book W.A.R. Against Hunger Event Book Order Form
?Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting as low as $500 for a Mile Marker Sponsorship. Please call Donna Little at 412-464-1892 for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
An Early-Bird Registration fee of $10 for adults and $5 for youth & students is available through May 16, 2015. After May 16, the registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for youth (age 18 and under) and students. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
?Online registration W.A.R. Against Hunger Online Registration ?Mail-in registration W.A.R. Against Hunger Registration Form
?You can also register in person on the day of the event
EVENT SCHEDULERegistration/Health & Wellness Expo Begin 9:00 am
Welcome/Yoga Stretch/Walk And Ride Begins 10:00 am
Prize Drawing 12:30 pm
The event will commence in The Pump House parking lot located at the Waterfront in Homestead, and will utilize the Great Allegheny Passage trail, which can be taken to multiple destinations including Duquesne and McKeesport. A rest station with food and refreshments will be available along the trail.
PLEDGES & PRIZES
Participants are encouraged to raise pledge contributions in support of Rainbow Kitchen’s mission. All pledge contributions collected are due upon registration on the day of the event. All participants will receive a free W.A.R. Against Hunger t-shirt and one ticket for the prize drawing. Additional tickets will be awarded based on the total amount of pledge money turned in at, or in advance of, event registration (one additional prize drawing ticket for each $25 in pledge contributions received). Additional prize tickets may also be purchased at the event.
Prizes typically include hotel getaways, Pittsburgh sports teams memorabilia, tickets to local entertainment and sports events, gift baskets, gift certificates for restaurants, goods, and services … and more! You will receive a form for recording your pledge contributions along with your registration acknowledgment. Or download the W.A.R. Against Hunger Pledge Contribution Form
For more information about the W.A.R. Against Hunger, please call Rainbow Kitchen Community Services at 412-464-1892. We hope to see you on June 6th!
Accident will not hamper use of Great Allegheny Passage in Waterfront (accident does NOT involve bicycle)
Trail between St. Vincent College, Latrobe a step closer to reality
With the bike share announcement, this makes three positive bike related articles in the Trib in one day.
The city released a 2015 paving map: https://pap.accela.com/envista-public-web/index.xhtml?token=Pittsburgh
@jonawebb, many good projects here that involve roads that are good for riding: East St, the Riverview park road, Swinburne St, 18th St in South Side Slopes, Forbes in Uptown, Stanton Ave, etc.
Shame Liberty Ave and Stanwix downtown are not included. They’re in bad shape.
Complete streets. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2015/04/10/pittsburgh-peduto-mayor-issues-executive-order-on-complete-streets-policy/stories/201504100245
(The Trib article oddly circumlocutes around “complete streets” in its headline. Wonder why. Is complete streets a New World Order conspiracy?)
PS. Ah. One of the commentators helpfully filled me in: it’s part of Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 commenter: Oh, him. Go on Twitter and look up at-sign burghseyeview (shows as “Hutch”). Runs a weekly podcast called Steel City Resistance. No further information should be necessary.
The UN international bicycle conspriacy as perpetrated by the all- powerul bicycle lobbyist.
They invaded Colorado, you know. Next thing you know, CO legalized weed.
SMDH. What is this world coming to?
Let him tell you about himself.
I'm a Homophobe, Racist, Islamaphobe, Misogynist, and Heterosexual white man. Now let's get on with ridding the US of Muslims and Commies!
— Hutch (@burghseyeview) March 29, 2015
I hadn’t seen him mouth off about cyclists, until now.
The Seneca Valley school bus drivers want us to ride on the shoulder with the dead skunks and gravel:
Today’s rebuttal letter:
I find it incredible that she *identifies*her*employer* and thinks that the cyclist is the hazard, not her inability to pass safely. ZERO common sense there.
It’s cool that when you register at the Butler Eage the email responder sends you the password you used in cleartext. Makes it easy to look up.
“People on bikes are not shopping because they can’t transport groceries.”
Nothing but pro-bike comments so far. Refreshing.
If you use Penn Ave to get to the Strip coming in from Whitehall, then you’re doing it wrong.
Francis Kilinsky chimed in within the last hour. It’s not worth my time to respond.
FK chimed in on an article on Bill Shuster too. He must be lonely. What a giant douche pan.
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