The Pittsburgh Streetfilms Video is Up!

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Lolly
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Back in November, we worked with Streetfilms to bring them to Pittsburgh and made a lovely 7 minute film about biking and walking in the city.

We organized a breakfast and a film viewing and several of you are quoted or pictured riding around.

Pittsburgh looks spectacular! Check it out!

http://www.streetfilms.org/journey-to-pittsburgh-to-walk-bike

They have made nearly 340 videos of livable streets around the world so if you’d like to visualize what other cities are doing, this is a great way to get really excited.


Pseudacris
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This is really great!


Swalfoort
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I can pick it up as a blog, but is there a video element too? It says it has had 22 plays, but I can’t seem to find a play option for the video stream.


Pseudacris
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It’s posted to vimeo. See if this link works any better for you:

Pittsburgh Walk & Bike


rsprake
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And people said to not show off Market Square! Look at all those people eating outside and enjoying themselves!


edmonds59
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Town looks great! The guy did a nice job.


erok
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market square does look pretty hoppin’


gimpPAC
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sweet, unfortunately I over-exaggerated about the number of lanes on 5th (there are 4 inbound lanes, not 5), but still… not necessary for a non-highway, IMO.


Erica
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second link doesn’t seem to have a play option either…


Lolly
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Are you having trouble on Internet Explorer? The play button should appear at the bottom left hand corner of what looks like a photograph.


bikeygirl
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The link works for me fine….

The city and its people DO LOOK AWESOME! :D

I also recognize several faces in there, specially at the Bike Pittsburgh Breakfast.

BTW, that was Edmonds being interviewed, right? :)

And yes, Market Square looks fantastic! :)


Lolly
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Treehugger has posted the Streetfilms video! Getting some pretty awesome national coverage!

“There are 446 Bridges, Many with Pedestrian Sidewalks!

This great video by our friend Clarence over at StreetFilms gives an excellent overview of Pittsburgh’s bike culture and infrastructure. Having never been, and because Pittsburgh isn’t as well covered by the national media, I had no idea that it was so vibrant and healthy. It’s a nice surprise! If you are in the area, make sure to check out Bike Pittsburgh (become a member, or at least say “hello” on the message board). Readers from Pittsburgh, please share your experience in the comments below. Thanks!”


Erica
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treehugger is the best.

The first time I saw their site was this article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/new-york-city-dragonfly-a-locavore-wet-dream.php

and I’ve been smitten ever since.


erok
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did you guys notice the el camino at around 2:14


Pierce
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As the grumpy old pessimistic…

This is a glass half full kind of video


sloaps
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and why the censoring of the Hilton in the opening at :10?


Steven
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I think the “censoring” is just a moirĂ© effect, due to the pattern on the side of the Hilton.


edmonds59
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Hell, yeah, el camino! I noticed that too. Ha!


Lolly
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This is one comment on Treehugger:

Everyone I talk to who has moved here recently has the same experience… It goes like this:

1) Accepts a job or grad school appointment in Pittsburgh, thinking “meh… Pittsburgh. Well at least the job/program I’m getting into is really good.”

2) Friends / coworkers hear that said person is moving to Pittsburgh, and say “Wow – Pittsburgh is fantastic…” Person assumes such responses are sarcastic.

3) Person moves to Pittsburgh and is shocked by the character, thriving cultural scene, topography, affordability, diversity, sports teams, and general positive vibe about town.

4) Person begins to wax poetic about Pittsburgh’s virtues to anyone who will listed. (as in #2)

5) Person buys an awesome house in a great neighborhood for well less than $200k, then gives up subscriptions to NY-based publications and calls Pittsburgh “home”.

An optional step that might well happen: Person, who never gave a darn about football, slowly falls into watching religiously and caring if the steelers win. (Mostly because of Polamalu – who plays football like a soccer-midfielder)


Pierce
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That person must only talk to middle class college graduates.

I want to meet somebody “shocked” by topography, ha


caitlin
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I sent this to my friend in Portland who showed me streetfilms from there, and he had this to say:

“I love the Pittsburgh Bike Film! It looks just like Portland. The last ED of our Bike Nonprofit was also named Scott Bricker! I feel like we are getting passed by you guys. I like the shipping containers and the bridges are beautiful. Is there a backlash against bikes? We are hearing that in PDX – too much tax payer $$ spent on bikes. I’m guessing it’s coming from the ‘burbs, but it’s always in the media… sad”

:)

did you see that?! He said HE THINKS THAT PITTSBURGH IS PASSING PORTLAND


dwillen
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The magic of film!


Tabby
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@Pierce- shocked is exactly the reaction my friends from Wisconsin and Illinois have reacted to the topography when they visit me here. I’ve tried to take people on friendly Pgh tours and they freak out driving around Mt. Washington or refuse to ride the incline.


Swalfoort
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I went XC skiing last weekend with folks who claimed that while living in the midwest they felt like they were going to fall off the edge of the earth – too flat, too much horizon. I had the opposite feeling when I moved to Pgh from the midwest — mild claustrophia from the hills and perpetual low clouds. But, Lolly’s comments also reveal how much has already changed about Pittsburgh. When I told friends I was moving here the reaction was “PITTSBURGH???” as in “are you crazy?” or “what a disgusting place.” They’ve since changed their tune.

Unfortunately, there is a #6 to Lolly’s list, or can be. That’s the person who came to Pgh from elsewhere, and a few years later finds themselves suddenly jobless due to a lack of redundancy in some of our economic sectors, and are forced to find work elsewere. I call them the Ambassadors for Pittsburgh, because while they are away, they are the ones Lolly references in #2, but they are sincere. And, they continue to look for work that will bring them back. In some cases, it works. That’s always a cause for celebration.


Lolly
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Just a note, those weren’t my comments, I posted them from a commenter on Treehugger.

But I am a transplant from DC and have had similar experiences. People were shocked when I said I was moving here. I wonder if part of this has to do with the name of the city? The “Pit” sound is just not very aesthetically pleasing.


rsprake
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I know a number of people that fit that list Lolly, right down to turning into football fans after hating sports for their entire lives. I for one have resisted the Steeler borg.


rsprake
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Beth
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Lolly, this is great. I’ve sent it to various cycling friends in both Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Thanks for pulling this together.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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“I want to meet somebody “shocked” by topography, ha”

— I’m still shocked by the topography, especially so at that point where I think I’m 3/4 of the way up, only to turn a bend and discover i’m only 1/4 of the way up.

“I wonder if part of this has to do with the name of the city? The “Pit” sound is just not very aesthetically pleasing.”

— Oxnard, California is lovely as well, so as far as crappy-sounding names goes, we’re in good company. On the other hand, “Cleveland” is a shitty name for a shitty town (sorry, low fruit.).


edmonds59
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If the name were such a factor, it seems like Intercourse, PA would be a city of several million.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Ironically, Intercourse is near Blue Ball.

Just sayin.’


erok
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fairly close to Bird-in-Hand PA as well


Lolly
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I think intercourse is a pretty repugnant name for towns and acts.


Marko82
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ejwme
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Home, PA. It’s on the way to Punxatawny, I think. You can actually go back (to) Home, again.

Pittsburgh seems to be an acquired taste. I hated it passionately growing up, only in the past year have I come to look at living here less as a personal punishment and more just as where I am right now. I’m not sure I’ve got it in me to become a “lifer” as Lolly describes them. But I’m no longer one of those “Pittsburgh – ew!” people.

Every time I cross a bridge on a bicycle, I like Pittsburgh a little more. Not sure what it is, but it just feels fantastic.


Lolly
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Clarence (who made the long Streetfilms video) also made this 24 second video of himself riding the inline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDXHyxtu32g


reddan
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@lolly: back in Ye Olde Days, ‘intercourse’ was a synonym for “connection” or “communication”.

Hence, the old joke: “What’s a four-letter word for intercourse? [Pause, let ’em squirm for a bit…] Talk!”

We now release you from this foray into irrelevant linguistic trivia…


erok
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thank you for posting to the BikePGH Intercourse Board


Mick
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@rsprake I for one have resisted the Steeler borg.

It is a good thing to resist: Pittsburgh does not own a football team.

The billionaire owners will shake us down for another couple of hundred million in few years.


Swalfoort
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The City (and residents) of Green Bay are the primary owners of the Green Bay Packers, also of the NFL. Strangely, the NFL has since banned this sort of “community ownership” of a professional franchise.

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