Local news stories & LTE 2016
New year, new list of articles from local media on cycling. Last year’s thread made it to 15 pages.
^ Looks to be Liberty near 16th street. It also looks cold.
Demolition of the Hulton Bridge across the Allegheny River near Oakmont is scheduled for Tue 1/26 at 10am: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/01/21/So-long-span-Old-Hulton-Bridge-set-to-come-down-on-Tuesday/stories/201601210054
This isn’t exactly bicycling related but it’s very relevant even so because of the overlap between neighborhood issues and bicycling geography in Pittsburgh: http://www.publicsource.org/investigations/pittsburgh-neighborhood-violence-lives-next-door-prosperity
In particular I was struck by this map of murders in Pittsburgh:
Follow-up to the Jan. 14 incident where a guy ran through a stop at Forbes and Murray past a police officer directing traffic, hit a woman at that intersection, hit another car, then plowed into some parked cars, got out, and was chased down by police: guess what, he’s still at it: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2016/01/25/Braddock-man-charged-with-new-set-of-driving-offenses/stories/201601250135
If only there was some sort of “driver certification” system we could enforce which would keep people like this off the road.
I know, keep on dreaming.
Slightly off topic… but here’s the latest from the Pgh dog-sled guy cruising the riverfront trails
DCNR’s Secretary will be in town Thursday to announce their C2P2 Grant awards for last (?) year. Among the grants awarded:
– a $100,000 grant for development at McClean Playground and Frick Park
– a $160,000 grant for the Great Allegheny Passage – Homestead Connector development, which will add a new trail running between the railroad tracks from Amity Street near Blue Dust to Waterfront Drive/the GAP near the Pump House.
The grant award event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Pump House. Details via Steel Valley Trail: https://www.facebook.com/events/207525832928426/
Person hit and killed by driver while biking on Ardmore Blvd in Wilkinsburg last night.
Haha, just kidding, headline is “Bicyclist killed on Ardmore Blvd. in Wilkinsburg”
My comment, the only one so far:
“‘The identity of the bicyclist has not been released.’ What about the identity of the driver who killed them? Did they stop? Were they drunk, stoned, texting, speeding, …?
“Unless the rider had a heart attack and dropped in the middle of the road, there were at least two people involved in this incident. Why is one of them not even mentioned?”
Video of this morning’s demolition of the Hulton Bridge at Oakmont:
Elizabeth Township considers gas plant:
An Illinois energy company is eyeing a patch of long-contaminated land in Elizabeth Township to build a new 550-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant… Additionally, the property is bordered on three sides by the Youghiogheny River.
FYI – I believe the GAP trail runs along the boundary of this property.
Chicago-based Invenergy LLC is considering building the plant on a former industrial landfill on Henderson Road near Buena Vista
Per Google Maps, the majority of Henderson Road is within the North Buena Vista Historical Site, terminating at Dravo Cemetery.
The thin line roughly paralleling the river is the trail.
Elizabeth Township will host a townhall meeting about the power-plant proposal TONIGHT, Jan 28 at 7:30 PM, at Elizabeth Forward MS, 401 Rock Run Rd, Elizabeth.
Was the official notification for this meeting posted at our regional office in Tanzania? Why is it that we only find out about these things *hours* beforehand? A couple of days, at best? They really didn’t cook up this idea late last week, did they?
If someone makes it to the meeting, please ask this.
A meeting this evening about lower hill district redevelopment: Architecture at CMOA:
Reimagining Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill with Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Thursday, January 28
Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
“What is currently an enormous parking lot is set to become a new home to thousands of Pittsburghers, a center of commerce and retail, and a major open space that builds upon the city’s reinvestment in the city center and its public spaces, while acting as a catalyst for underserved parts of the city.”
—BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Join Carnegie Museum of Art’s Heinz Architectural Center and Kai-Uwe Bergmann of architectural practice BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group for a presentation on the firm’s innovative work. Recently tasked with envisioning a master plan for the Lower Hill and the former Civic Arena site, BIG has drawn attention and praise for public projects in Europe, Asia, and North America.
The always impassioned and energetic Bergmann presents big ideas on architecture and urbanism from projects around the world and here in Pittsburgh. The Civic Arena site has been divisive since its initial development in the 1960s. Learn how BIG’s designs strive to create public spaces in the Lower Hill that connect Pittsburgh’s Hill District with its downtown.
State allocates funds for local improvements; looks like some will benefit cyclists.
One is intended for development of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Etna, including a pedestrian bridge, handicapped access, landscaping and signage. The other goes to development of 5.6 miles of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail in Monroeville, Penn, Murrysville and Trafford. The project will include rehabilitation of four bridges and other improvements.
Didn’t see this on here: Off-road cycling allowed in city parks
In the Post-Gazette, assistant manager David Garth wrote a story “I love Pittsburgh, except for the things I hate” and listed 5 things. They were:
* Bike Lanes
* “Blue-collar Pittsburgh” label
* Pitt football fans
* Light Up Night
About the first, he griped:
What is up with the sudden push to make this city the two-wheeler capital of the world? Mayor Bill Peduto is on a roll when it comes to creating bike lanes in the city. The most annoying one goes through the heart of the Cultural District in Downtown, making busy Penn Avenue a maddening one-way street and causing numerous motorists to make loops through town in a guessing game of Where to Turn? And the mayor is aiming for even more bike lanes on our narrow and meandering roads. Sorry, Bill, but some of us have places to go.
Ignore, or rebut? I chose the latter.
Ignore. If the first thing that comes to his mind about things he hates about Pittsburgh is essentially paint, signage, and, occasionally, some plastic sticks, then he’s either an easily irritable individual, or he knows what brings the clicks to his site and is taking advantage of that.
Or maybe he’s both.
Did anybody go to that meeting about Invenergy’s proposal to build a gas-fired power plant in Elizabeth Township, near Dravo Cemetery and the GAP? The land they’re looking at is a former US Steel fly ash and coal tar dump site. A comment here says there’s another meeting tonight (Feb. 1). http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies/2016/01/26/As-rig-counts-decrease-wastewater-floods-fracking-Marcellus-Utica-Shale/stories/201601260009
City Paper on lack of bike infrastructure maintenance after the snow the other day:
What was it that @jonawebb was saying the other day about online public forums? ;-)
If this piece from last week was linked somewhere, I looked but didn’t see it. About complete streets out the Ohio valley.
This, from one of the councilpeople: “Edgeworth Councilman David Aloe raised concerns about encouraging more bicyclists on Beaver Road, citing state law requiring vehicles to remain several feet away from bicyclists.”
I’m going to be writing a letter to the Borough council, as I can’t let that stand. I have to keep it professional as I may have to go to the council for approval of one thing or another. But do feel free to communicate yourselves.
Councilman David Aloe
301 Beaver Road
Edgeworth, PA 15143
“New connector for cyclists” in Homestead
Homestead got $100,000 state grant. Will be doing playground upgrades to control storm water flow & getting new connector for cyclists.
— ALCOSAN (@AlcosanWWTP) February 12, 2016
Wonder if that’s in addition to the grant i posted about two weeks ago (http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/local-news-stories-lte-2016/#post-322487), or just someone combining and mixing the two grants that were announced at that event (a $100K for playgrounds in Squirrel Hill, and a $160K grant for the connector)….
$500,000 grant to extend Three Rivers Heritage trail from Millvale to Etna:
Etna connector. This will be awesome. Much better than riding Friday road. Wondering whether they will attach the flyover bridge to the end of the 62nd st bridge sidewalk to avoid the need to use the long stairs.
When I attended several ARTEZ meetings about the project last year, connecting the flyover to 62nd was thought unfeasible. However, I heard it mentioned recently* as still being on the table…
* perhaps at Better Streets Lawrenceville? I don’t recall where…
Boy it would be nice to have street-level access on the upstream side of the 62nd St Bridge. Negotiating that four-way stop under the bridge on a bike is not for the timid.
Proposal to create interim planning overlay while riverfront zoning update is written delayed — http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/morning-edition/2016/02/pittsburgh-planning-commission-tables-vote-on.html
Objections came from the Steelers, Pirates, and their real estate developer, over potential impacts to Parking on the North Shore; the Allegheny Valley Railroad, which claims to be a Public Utility while blocking Public access to Utilize it*; riverfront industrial sites like Lindy Paving** and 43rd Street Concrete, which complain that “industrial and business uses remain a major economic driver along the rivers” without seeming to realize that (a) zoning changes don’t affect existing uses, and (b) preventing them from getting bigger is exactly the point; and developers like Buncher, whose godawful proposals for the riverfront (not to mention their heinous warehouses properties scattered through Lawrenceville’s riverfront and elsewhere, looking ugly as well as sucking semis through the neighborhood…) are pretty much a direct cause of this proposal….
* (i write here not so much of minor issues like the Schenley Park crossing, but their intransigence in matters of the Allegheny River Greenway, commuter use of the lines, and such)
** (that horrid stench you smell when you ride down the Jail Trail past the Birmingham Bridge is mostly Lindy’s asphalt plant at Second and Brady)
From a couple of days ago, Pittsburgh cyclists brave the cold:
“These Pittsburgh bicyclists go even when the cold winds blow”
Complete with GoPro footage…
Second Ave to be closed between Greenfield Ave and Hot Metal this weekend:
“A portion of Second Avenue in Pittsburgh will be closed from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. to allow for manhole and utility line work.” http://triblive.com/mobile/9984742-96/avenue-traffic-bridge
No indication of whether or how the trail or access to it will be affected.
Vote for Pittsburgh to get more funding to fix staircases.
“Mt. Lebanon commissioners Monday night unanimously approved an ordinance that requires pedestrians to cross the street at marked crosswalks or face fines.”
Someone’s apparently pushing a similar idea in Massachusetts. This week in the Boston Globe: “If jaywalking is wrong, I don’t want to be right”
Biking, hiking trails top priorities for Pine officials
Top projects on Pine’s wish list for the next decade include separate biking and hiking trails to connect Pine-Richland High School and Middle School to Pine Community Park.
The two trails are part of the township’s new 10-year comprehensive plan, and could make it easier for some students to walk or bike to school.
PAT ranked 8th for transit
The Best Cities for Public Transportation
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, public transportation commuters in Pittsburgh spend an average of 32 minutes traveling to work, the 11th-fastest transit commute time of the 136 cities in our analysis. That is also just nine minutes slower that the average commute time for drivers, the fifth-smallest difference.
Washington Post‘s “Tripping” blog wasn’t impressed with the Washington Metro’s #1 ranking…
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