A Different Idea….

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Aug 9 2013 at 9:22am #



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Aug 9 2013 at 12:02pm #

jonawebb wrote:So what we really need is a law requiring cycling infrastructure on any new roads or major road improvements.

Nice thought… but also a formula for wasteful spending and cycling infrastructure where it isn’t needed. Maybe if you amend it with a provision that considers population density in the formula.


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Aug 9 2013 at 12:05pm #

@Ed, I can’t think of a road that doesn’t need bike accessibility. How cool would it be if the Mon-Fay had it? Ever tried to ride to California University?


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Aug 9 2013 at 12:27pm #

In my opinion, EVERY road needs bike accessibility… but I think it opens up too much room for non-cyclist criticism.


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Aug 9 2013 at 4:24pm #

That’s not really the point I was trying to make. Money for road work will be found one way or another. Heck, they may well find the five billion to build the Mon-Fayette monstrosity.

All I want to know is, what do existing projects cost in places where they’ve put them — not necessarily Pittsburgh, but comparable — and what good have those projects done?

There was a story a few weeks ago about a trail in Portland? Seattle? that was installed in the early 1970s, but which is now carrying more people than a parallel major highway. We need to do the same thing here.

Case in point: The Fifth-Forbes corridor between downtown and Oakland will be getting a re-do in the next few years. WHEN they do that, it will have some sort of bike infrastructure, as well as some sort of transit infrastructure, hopefully to support Bus Rapid Transit. That will cost some money. The big money will go toward rebuilding the road in some fashion, so divert some of that money that’s being spent anyway to making cycling easier.

The difference between not having anything, having something at all but half-assed, and having very nice infrastructure, is puny, in comparison with building the project at all.


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Aug 11 2013 at 7:35pm #

Stu for mayor please! Yeah, I know you live outside the city limits, but I think exceptions need to be made.

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