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Pseudacris
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Lamb Bake


erok
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Sheep Ship


Drewbacca
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Punny, very punny. But hey, throw in a few Steeler’s jerseys and it might work!


Marko82
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@Edmonds, I disagree about the ferries. Baltimore has a fantastic boat based shuttle system going on in and around their inner harbor. The shuttles run about every twenty minutes or less and usually you have to walk a few blocks to get to where you are going.

I can see a similar shuttle service running in loops from the casino, pnc park, a few spots on the south side, the point, mon wharf, convention center, mid-Strip, Laryvile, Verona (?).

I think the thing that has sunk previous attempts at this in Pgh is that they were thinking about people getting to work, with fixed schedules. Baltimore’s runs more like a continuous service, so people use it to bar-hop, go to the stadiums, or just for a boat ride. Over time they will also use it to commute just like in Baltimore, but they need to know that it works first. Their system used to run on a daily fare basis too, so you pay once and ride all day.


Mick
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Buddy of mine looked into setting up ferries for sports events and such.

Evidently there are licensing issues. There are people that own the exclusive licensing to ferrying folks around.

Kinda like taxis here I guess.

I actually like THAT shepard ferry.


ejwme
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THE GOOD SHIP LOLLYPOP FOR THE WIN!

Dude, totally doable. Have one boat route running the Allegheny, out to Oakmont (maybe back and forth across too). One boat route runs the Ohio (maybe to Sewickley? I don’t know west). One boat route runs the Mon to kennywood. They could connect at the point for poly-river trips.

Whoever owns those licenses needs to step it up, or else whoever issues those licenses needs to open it up. This would be so epic, dare I say even more epic than the trail systems. This would be the coolest thing ever.


edmonds59
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To Oakmont or Sewickley would have to go through a lock, which I imagine could be time consuming, or may even cost something, don’t know.


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Hmmm….Now I wish I lived up-river so I could canoe in with bike strapped in, then bike out towing canoe. (Guess it could work in the opposite direction too)


ejwme
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Everything has me convinced Millvale really is the limits of civilization along the Allegheny (no offence ALMKLM et eastern al.).

In France, the locks are an *attraction*. They put park benches and paths near them. People go to look at them and speak french near them and smoke and drink and take mass transit for granted. It’s not a problem, it’s a FEATURE. sigh.


edmonds59
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Once I thought it might be interesting to take the kids to watch boats go through the locks at Emsworth, see how that works. Poked around a side road until I found what looked like an entrance. 10 foot high chain link fence with razor wire, security cameras and NO YOU! signs everywhere. Apparently an 18th century transportation system is a big target for terrorists. Homeboy Security strikes again.


Drewbacca
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ejwme
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see? it’s a FEATURE, even Seattle gets it. Thank you headloss ;)

Most pittsburghers don’t even know we have locks, and if we don’t even know about them, why would they be terrorist targets? Also – We just spent how much refurbishing the locks? Yet the public isn’t allowed enjoy them unless they’re physically inside a boat?

The things that slow us down in life and force us to pause should be celebrated and cherished as community assets. NOT locked up behind razor wire.

FREE THE LOCKS!


helen s
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Unlock the locks! (I hesitated to write this as it may have appeared a gratuitous post in an attempt to boost my numbers.)


ejwme
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have we acquired any sizeable new green spaces since the bad old Robber Baron Frick/Schenley days? honest question. Everything I can think of is like a single lot of a house torn down that the residents reclaimed, or dates from some robber baron endowment.


StuInMcCandless
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Does tearing down a steel plant and putting a bunch of office buildings on it, with requisite parking garages, with an equivalent amount of grass for 1,000 geese to crap on, count? If so, consider Technology Drive off Second Avenue. Because of the geese, you’re pretty much restricted to the sidewalks (again, watch for goose droppings everywhere), but it’s sizable, it’s green, and wasn’t 30 years ago.


Mick
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seems to me the “geenways” are from the 90’s. Not sure exactly what they are, though


erok
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Last week:

Have you ever taken a bicycle on a plane?

Yes (20%, 30 Votes)

No (80%, 123 Votes)

Total Voters: 153


This week:

Are you registered to vote?

Yes

No


erok
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my estimate was fairly close. i let this one go longer because i wanted to see a good sample size.

Are you registered to vote?

Yes (94%, 332 Votes)

No (6%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 353


New poll:

How long does it take you to bike to work or school?

less than 10 minutes

11-20 minutes

21-30 minutes

31-40 minutes

41+ minutes

I never ride to work/school

I don’t have a commute


myddrin
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D’oh, my vote isn’t listed: “Not Long Enough” :)


mr marvelous
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My commute to work is around 15 minutes. My commute to school its a little over 45 minutes. Do I pick one or add them together.


erok
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man, the one you do more. dunno.


Drewbacca
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add them., that’s the total time you spend “commuting” right?


mr marvelous
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Sounds good to me


erok
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interesting results.

How long does it take you to bike to work or school?

less than 10 minutes (10%, 53 Votes)

11-20 minutes (22%, 113 Votes)

21-30 minutes (20%, 105 Votes)

31-40 minutes (9%, 47 Votes)

41+ minutes (20%, 101 Votes)

I never ride to work/school (13%, 68 Votes)

I don’t have a commute (5%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 513


New poll:

Have you ever used a trailer attached to the back of a bicycle?

Yes

No


erok
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last poll:

Have you ever used a trailer attached to the back of a bicycle?

Yes (32%, 143 Votes)

No (68%, 299 Votes)

Total Voters: 442

New one:

What best describes your usage of the Port Authority’s bike racks on the front of buses?

I didn’t know that there were bike racks on buses

I know they are there, but never used them

A handful of times

Occasionally

Frequently

All the time


Mick
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Is once a “handful”?


StuInMcCandless
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I’d’ve labeled it “Daily”, “weekly or better”, “couple times a month”, “less often”, “never tried”, “never knew about them” … or some such.

But what’s there is acceptable.


Erica
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I don’t know if I’m “frequently” or “all the time.”

If you average it out over the past few years, It’s probably “all the time,” because I used to live right at the top of Arlington/Elanor. Now, I only bus once in a couple times per month, though.


erok
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just go with what feels right


erok
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What best describes your usage of the Port Authority’s bike racks on the front of buses?

I didn’t know that there were bike racks on buses (6%, 19 Votes)

I know they are there, but never used them (61%, 192 Votes)

A handful of times (13%, 41 Votes)

Occasionally (11%, 36 Votes)

Frequently (6%, 18 Votes)

All the time (3%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 314


And for shits and giggles, here is the same poll from one year ago, before they outfitted 100% of buses were equipped with racks.

2011:

What best describes your usage of the Port Authority’s bike racks on the front of buses?

I didn’t know that there were bike racks on buses (8%, 15 Votes)

I know they are there, but never used them (63%, 121 Votes)

A handful of times (18%, 34 Votes)

Occasionally (7%, 14 Votes)

Frequently (3%, 6 Votes)

All the time (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 193


New Poll:

How many BikeFest Kickoff Parties have you attended?

All 7 of them!

5-6

3-4

1-2

Never


salty
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f) uh, my memories are a little hazy for some reason…


StuInMcCandless
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On the bus racks question, looks like the shape of the bell curve is about the same. Not surprising, though I am heartened by the huge increase, almost double, in the number who responded.


edmonds59
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I am not good at parties.


dmtroyer
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I have attended “never” Bikefest Kickoff Parties :-)


Erica
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I work the wrong days or I would attend. Oh, well :)


StuInMcCandless
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If cleaning up AFTER a BikeFest party counts, then 2. All the still slightly cold beer I wanted, and all I had to do was take down all the decorations, including 20 bikes hung on the ceiling, and push a broom for about six hours.


erok
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How many BikeFest Kickoff Parties have you attended?

All 7 of them! (3%, 5 Votes)

5-6 (4%, 7 Votes)

3-4 (6%, 11 Votes)

1-2 (19%, 34 Votes)

Never (69%, 126 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

New Poll:

How often does your ride include somewhere on Forbes Ave?

Just about every day

A few times per week

A few times per month

Every month or so

A few times per year

Never


erok
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don’t know whether to be disappointed or excited about the results of the bikefest party poll


Mick
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@erok don’t know whether to be disappointed or excited about the results of the bikefest party poll

There are a lot of people that come to the Bikefest party that, evidently, don’t post here and/or don’t take polls. No Surprise. But still , there were hundreds of people at the parties.

There are plenty of people here – most of them, it appears, that haven’t been to a BikeFest party. Surprises me.

But that means you have a easy target for some pre-aprty publicity.


StuInMcCandless
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How often does your ride include somewhere on Forbes Ave?

I am going to assume that this does not mean crossing Forbes at Grant twice a day.

I wonder about where on Forbes one rides. I’m on the piece between Ross and Stanwix once or twice a week, Downtown and Oakland once or twice a month, beyond Morewood once or twice a year.

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