Penn Ave bike lane

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erok
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here’s a response from Dan Gilman

 

  • This reply was modified 11 months ago by  erok.

paulheckbert
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paulheckbert
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To protect bike lanes from encroachment of motor vehicles, we could try the Catclaw device, which punctures the tires of heavy vehicles, but perhaps this is going too far.


StuInMcCandless
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No, that’s going too far. We already have undeserved bad publicity for having the bike lanes at all. That would ensure that the bad publicity is indeed deserved.


zzwergel
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I think the Catclaw spikes would be of use to stop illegal parking on sidewalks like this.

Someone with a wheelchair cannot fit between the truck and the traffic light pole.


RustyRed
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Davedoom
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When i went down penn the other day, there were 7 cars parked in the bike lane all along penn. That bike lane has been an utter mess lately.  The whole 700 block, with all the bollards missing is dangerous because of the cars driving in it to get around loading busses. Almost been hit 3 times now. Has this happened to anyone else or do i just have bad luck?


MaryShaw
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As 311 said to @rustyred, call 911 every time.  Especially if it creates a dangerous situation for you, and then tell 911 about the danger as well as the parking.  If you have time, send the photos to 311 as well, perhaps mentioning the 911 call.  But it will be the volume of complaints that actually gets action.


paulheckbert
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To help improve cycling in The Strip, even if you missed their workshops this week, you can comment on DOMI’s Strip District transportation plans at http://pittsburghpa.gov/domi/stripmobility. Click “contact” to get an email address for comments.

I emailed them this:

I’d recommend, for Penn Ave between 16th St and 24th St:

  • take out one lane of car parking
  • widen at least one of the sidewalks a lot (double its width, to encourage sidewalk cafes and sidewalk vendors and to add space for HealthyRide bikeshare stations)
  • add many bike racks
  • put speed bumps or speed tables at every intersection, to slow cars on Penn Ave and make walking, cycling, and shopping safer
  • one day a month, close this section of Penn Ave to all car traffic

Eric
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I bet the strip would survive and even thrive if Penn was closed from 16th to about grandpa Joe’s candy shop and turned into a peds mall. There’d be terrible outcry but it would be awesome when done.

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