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mjacobPGH
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RustyRed
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chrishent
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The Healthy Ride bike share program will not require helmet use:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8123110-74/bike-share-program#axzz3Xwm6cqaj

A (sadly) necessary article. It helps inform those who might be on the fence about the bike share program and any common misconceptions associated with it.


mjacobPGH
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The article mentions that bike accidents are up which is true but probably not because biking has become more dangerous just because more people are doing it. I think that’s worth mentioning.


Mick
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This would probably be a great set up for someone (not me) to really make a good study about helmet use vs non-helmet use.

I am confident they will not do it.


chrishent
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Joncaire St steps project and its runnels:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2015/04/21/Diana-Nelson-Jones-Walkabout-Joncaire-Street-steps-project-in-Panther-Hollow-makes-a-bike-friendly-link/stories/201504210015

also mentions that the Alexis St steps in Greenfield will be retrofitted with runnels as well


J Z
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Popsburgh bicycle-pulled cart

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2015/04/22/Popsburgh/stories/201504220007

CMU plans hotel, office, retail development as part of ‘innovation corridor’

“The 425,000-square-foot development would be built on a two-acre parcel on university-owned land between Carnegie Museums and Junction Hollow.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2015/04/22/CMU-carnegie-mellon-university-plans-hotel-retail-development-as-part-of-innovation-corridor-pittsburgh/stories/201504220154


RustyRed
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Marko82
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neilmd
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Flowers Ave Shooting… I bike along there several times a week. Seems like the row houses on the right, where I often see a few families hanging out. Ugh.


The Iguana
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The first five minutes on GreenLife Pennsylvania showcase Pittsburgh biking via BikePgh

http://on-demand.wvia.org/video/2365349616/
• Aired: 10/16/2014


Marko82
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chrishent
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chrishent
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Also, in defense of the Penn Ave bike lanes:

In Defense Of Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue Protected Bike Lanes


jonawebb
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The name of the organization opposing bike share, the Bloomfield Citizen’s Council, echoes the name of the White Citizen’s Councils set up through the south to oppose integration. I wonder if there is a relationship.
(No, I don’t really wonder.)


jonawebb
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They’re on to us: http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/8216695-74/census-count-pittsburgh:
“If I were a lobbyist for the bicyclists, I’d have a Tour de France group whiz by to show that our city has an international flair. Casual riders would follow them to show that we bikers can also be just plain folk.

Then a parade of cherubic-lookin’ kids with their wobbly training wheels, all Fourth of July decorated, to soften the most agitated of motorist hearts. And finally, clowns from the circus on tricycles, honking their little horns, for some frivolity.”


The Iguana
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The author of the Trib item:

A suburban developer: http://mitrakoshomes.com/

A face to the author: http://mitrakoshomes.com/company.html

I suggest the next underwear ride is in Fox Chapel.


Marko82
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J Z
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Biking a Trail of History from Pittsburgh to Washington


J Z
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Ahlir
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But Jonquaire could benefit more from this solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1PgmMbug8


J Z
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chrishent
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You guys, the Trib is on to us. They’ve discovered our nefarious plans to fudge the numbers of this week’s bike and pedestrian count because, you know, we all know each other:

http://triblive.com/mobile/8279169-96/deer-pittsburgh-bike


Ahlir
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Gee, think cycling enthusiasts somehow will learn of the “pre-selected” intersections and, as one correspondent put it, “stuff the ballot box”?

As always, I’m out of the loop… sigh


Marko82
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jonawebb
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“fudge the numbers of this week’s bike and pedestrian count because, you know, we all know each other”
Also, we all have time to do this, because all we’re doing is riding our bikes around, right? Get a job!


Mick
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Things do change. Last century, when I saw another utility biker, sometimes I would chase them down and introduce myself. I might not have known them all, but I could give a description of most of them.


Benzo
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“fudge the numbers of this week’s bike and pedestrian count because, you know, we all know each other”

My comments on that article:
Wouldn’t that be counterproductive since they are using this as a basis for comparison year after year? Next year they will probably do the same counts at the same points and see how much traffic has increased or decreased. So it would just make next years numbers look like less of an increase if they did try and game the system.

However, the difference added by a few cyclists making a few extra trips by counters might be negligible in the face of the increases in bike traffic that may happen after the launch of the Pittsburgh bike share, the reopening of the strip district trail, addition of more connections to the Penn ave lanes (like the clemente bridge lanes) and the increase in new bike commuters.


StuInMcCandless
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My two cents on the Trib piece:


If a counter counts me twice, it will not be from me gaming the system but rather using the system. The use of a bike to run a short errand, necessitating passing the same spot going and in a few minutes returning, is what the bike lanes are _for_. Try walking from Penn & 7th St to Penn & 22nd St and back on a lunch hour! But it’s only a few minutes each way by bike. You _want_ that. It benefits commerce. Spending money, putting sales tax dollars into public coffers, keeping people employed.


J Z
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Man claims Port Authority driver intentionally hit him with bus

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/man-claims-port-authority-driver-intentionally-hit/nk8jL/

Dude.


LizziMac
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My view on the Trib piece is similar to Stu’s. I “artificially” inflate the counters by crossing them on my way to work Downtown, then on my way to my gym in the Strip on my lunch break, then back across them on my way back to work, then again on my way back home. And that doesn’t even count the days I go to the dentist in Southside after work!


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Ahlir
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Maybe this year is the next year; the article seems old.
E.g., it says re New York: On Memorial Day 2013, the city is unveiling the country’s largest bike share program


chrishent
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That list is iffy. How is San Francisco not on it? Because of the weather and hills?

I was there this past weekend and got around by bike to just about anywhere on the northern half of the city. There were bikes everywhere, at all times. We have a long way to go before we reach that kind of bike use here in PGH.


chrishent
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At the corner of Market St and 6th in SF:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/68912815@N04/17352546296/
I must’ve seen hundreds of bikes on that intersection while I was having breakfast on Monday morning. There were probably more bikes than cars during that stretch of time, or at least it felt that way. This blew me away.

On the BART train:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/68912815@N04/17378174751/
I wonder if PAT will ever have something like this on the T


RustyRed
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Wow, I’m also surprised San Fran (and Chicago) aren’t on the list.


gg
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“Man claims Port Authority driver intentionally hit him with bus
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/man-claims-port-authority-driver-intentionally-hit/nk8jL/
Dude.”

Seems they have video that shows the man wasn’t hit at all. Of course WPXI got the headlines they wanted to make the most money via advertising dollars. You can claim anything and get it on the news regardless if it is true or made up. WPXI doesn’t care, they want the juicy headline. News for profit is what it is all about, not a public service/truth. It is what it is.


The Iguana
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The list is from The Travel Channel.

I couldn’t find any criteria they used; their descriptions are all over the board…we have groovy bridges…and arguably the largest bicycle museum…and … microbreweries…3 Rivers…picturesque…but Pgh is not there…

And “Portland has long been the king of cycling in the US” and ” no other city in the United States has more cyclists per capita”, so it seems it has been dethroned by Bolder because it’s a “picturesque mountain town” and “300 days of sunshine a year”…and most importantly, even though the altitude can be problematic, one can :easily remedy that by grabbing a post-ride beer at one of Boulder’s many microbreweries.”

And then there is the comment about NYC:
“On Memorial Day 2013, the city is unveiling the country’s largest bike share program, with over 6,000 bikes and 330 stations.” Are they using old data; old copy; some kind of typo…???..probable paid off by the Boulder Big Biking Business Bureau.

Hey, and we got the four foot rule and 160 days of sunshine–that’s gotta rate us with Boulder and its ” 300 days of sunshine a year”…the 300 is bogus; it’s more like 245:

Colorado sunshine not all it’s hyped up to be

See http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/pennsylvania/pittsburgh and http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/colorado/boulder for sunny days.

Pgh = 4 ft * 160 sunny-day * 4 ft * .306M people = 196 ft-days-people
Boulder = 3 ft * 245 sunny-day * .103M people= 78 ft-day-people
Pgh wins…and we didn’t even have to bring in our sports teams.
Boulder is just a stoned stone.

Bicycling Magazine has a well-defined and (imho) reasonable rating:
http://guide.bicycling.com/ride-maps/featured-rides/2014-americas-best-bike-cities


Vannevar
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on the bus-driver-hits-cyclist story:
Seems they have video that shows the man wasn’t hit at all.

If I may, I would suggest: PAT says that PAT’s video agrees with PAT’s story

I had a PAT bus event about 2 years ago. They played the videos for me (in fact, they gave me copies) and what I learned was: there isn’t full coverage of every surface. The video may not show contact, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t contact.

Second, if the video is PAT-positive, they should release it for public viewing. Saying, we have a video that’s good for us and you’re gonna have to trust us on this doesn’t pass the sniff-test.

In fact, if the video does support PAT they’d make money by releasing it. And yet, they’re not releasing it. They should release the video. They can redact the audio if they want.


J Z
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Purported video.

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