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Mikhail

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Sep 19 2013 at 10:21am #

quizbot wrote:Exactly how many roundabouts are there in western PA, let alone Allegheny county?

From the top of my head (I biked there):

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=15219&hl=en&ll=40.319195,-80.007881&spn=0.005857,0.012617&sll=41.410718,-80.388102&sspn=0.011523,0.025234&hnear=Pittsburgh,+Pennsylvania+15219&t=h&z=17

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.339762,-80.067238&spn=0.00207,0.003154&t=h&z=19

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.374847,-80.055377&spn=0.004138,0.006309&t=h&z=18

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.446392,-79.9032&spn=0.004134,0.006309&t=h&z=18

Forgot this one — https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.474265,-79.908983&spn=0.001461,0.003154&t=m&z=19


Mikhail

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Sep 19 2013 at 10:35am #

Steven wrote:Ewing Road in Moon that opened in 2011

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.480692,-80.201515&spn=0.005639,0.012617&t=m&z=17

I used to bike there before they built it. :)
Downhill on McClaren real sharp[ turn to left and it’s a Resurrection with short and steep up hill. And as soon grade disappears you Resurrection Cemetery on your right. :)


Swalfoort

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Sep 19 2013 at 11:52am #

There is a big roundabout in Rochester, PA. There is also a small one in Ohio Township. Can’t remember the road name, but it is on a road that connects St. Joseph Road, off Camp Horne Road to Roosevelt Road somewhere near the VFD.


Vannevar

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Sep 19 2013 at 7:00pm #

Way out here in Beaver County, they’ve installed a roundabout in Rochester PA to replace a particularly irksome six-way intersection and it’s a tremendous success. Seriously. I ride my bike around it often.

I have been known to take an extra lap around it, both in my car and in my bike.

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Swalfoort

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Sep 19 2013 at 7:41pm #

The roundabout in Ohio Township is on Crawford Road.


quizbot

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Sep 19 2013 at 7:44pm #

quizbot wrote:…I don’t see that as a reasonable fix.

I’ll have to rethink this. Good to know there are local implementations.


salty

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Sep 19 2013 at 8:34pm #

So, any word about the cyclist on friendship? Or the cyclist and/or ped from Craig this am?


Vannevar

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Sep 19 2013 at 9:12pm #

Quizbot – a serendipitious thing about the Rochester location is it’s pretty close to the Rochester drivers license testing facility. I think most people teaching a kid to drive use the DMV parking lot with its mocked-up orange cones for parallel parking practise, and it’s pretty easy to hit the roundabout coming in or out of there. I bet most people with a student driver in the area make sure to hit it, based on what my daughter tells me. BTW, she loves the roundabout, thinks it’s fun.


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 19 2013 at 9:26pm #

salty wrote:So, any word about the cyclist on friendship? Or the cyclist and/or ped from Craig this am?

Per PG reporter Molly Born this morning,
“@borntolede: Allegheny County dispatch supervisor saying woman was NOT hit by a car at Craig and Forbes, just fell off her bike.”
… as for report of cyclist hit at Craig and Fifth:
“@borntolede: County 911 has no reports of anyone being hit by a vehicle this morning in that area.”


kitaira

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Sep 19 2013 at 9:49pm #

From what I gathered from someone who rode by shortly after, the police were carrying her bags and bike – so she must have fallen pretty hard (not just one of your embarrassing tumbles where the only injury is your pride).

What about the cyclist in Bloomfield Wednesday? Any word?


chinston

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Sep 20 2013 at 1:56pm #

I know the cyclist who was injured in Bloomfield. He is alive and has now been released from the hospital but he has some serious injuries to recover from.


Mick

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Sep 20 2013 at 2:02pm #

@chinston

Please tell him that many people are wishing him a rapid and complete recovery.


Swalfoort

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Sep 20 2013 at 3:04pm #

Neither bike accident made it into the police blotter for Tuesday or Wednesday.

There was, however, a pedestrian accident in Oakland on Tuesday, the 17th. Report says a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at North Dithridge and Bayard Street at about 7 p.m.


Mikhail

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Sep 20 2013 at 3:04pm #

Vannevar wrote:Way out here in Beaver County, they’ve installed a roundabout in Rochester PA to replace a particularly irksome six-way intersection and it’s a tremendous success. Seriously. I ride my bike around it often.

Ha, completely forgot about this one even I’ve passed it during rando ride and 3 states ride multiple times. :) Thanks!


Mikhail

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Sep 20 2013 at 3:07pm #

Mick wrote:@chinston

Please tell him that many people are wishing him a rapid and complete recovery.

+1


Naomi

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Sep 20 2013 at 8:39pm #

+1


HiddenVariable

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Sep 20 2013 at 11:58pm #

Mick wrote:@chinston

Please tell him that many people are wishing him a rapid and complete recovery.

add another. and keep in mind that for every person that actually explicitly makes this wish, there are a probably a hundred or more people who do but don’t put it into writing.


Jason Spak

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Sep 21 2013 at 8:06am #

I was the guy who got hit in Bloomfield on Wednesday morning (9/18). I feel bad and look worse, but the doctors think that I will have a full recovery with time. Thanks for those of you who typed or just thought your condolences and good wishes. Thanks, too, to the first responders and care providers who helped me.

I have been a bike commuter since September 2010, and I was heading to work on my usual route when it happened. I was heading west on Friendship Avenue, as it runs along Friendship Park behind West Penn Hospital. I was in the bike lane, and I had a green light at the intersection of Friendship and Edmond, so I kept going.

While I was going through the intersection, a car cut across it, and we collided. I remember seeing the car cross my path and not being able to stop before hitting it. My next memory is of being in the ambulance.

The bike is totaled. I haven’t seen my helmet yet but assume that it is, too. As for me, I somehow managed not to break any bones, but I have some chipped teeth, a very mangled face, hands that are scraped and swollen, and some spinal swelling that has caused nerve damage which makes my hands extremely painful – I am typing this very very slowly with one finger and with some effort. I had a concussion and don’t remember the time between hitting the car and being loaded into the ambulance.

All of my injuries are supposed to heal in good time. I am grateful for that and for the people who have been and are helping me – my wife, kids, neighbors, fellow Sacred Heart parishioners, co-workers, fellow bikers, etc. It has been quite the outpouring – we have more food than we know what to do with – and I am humbled by it. I don’t know when or if I will be bike commuting again, but I encourage those of you who do to be careful out there.

One last thing – the driver of the car stopped. One of the firefighters who arrived on the scene – a former neighbor and great guy – said that he stopped and was distraught. So I don’t think this is the sort of situation where bikers and drivers should divide into tribes.


salty

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Sep 21 2013 at 9:24am #

Ugh, hope you heal quickly – that sounds bad but glad to hear it wasn’t worse.

BTW, it’s usually better not to post details until any legal case is resolved. If you email bike-pgh they can edit your post.


Swalfoort

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Sep 21 2013 at 9:42am #

Glad to hear you will be ok, and that your spirits remain high. Terrible thing to go through. We hope the next couple weeks of healing go quickly.

When you have regained use of your hands and fingers, and feel up to it overall, could you be sure to enter the time, date and location of the crash in the bike Pittsburgh crash map? It seems ridiculous, but it is about the best record of road safety for cyclists that we currently have. Without this evidence of prior accidents and injury, we have little standing with penndot, the city and others in pressing for bike safety improvements.

If Maggie’s sister is reading this, I would encourage him/her to do the same.

Heal quickly and heal well, both of you! We are all sending healing vibes….


Swalfoort

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Sep 21 2013 at 1:00pm #

Sorry, I should have included directions on how to find the crash map.

From the Bike Pittsburgh home page, click on the bike map tab. Select the online bike map option.

The map will load. My fresh load always shows the trail access points.

At the top of the map, click on the trail access tab to toggle that layer off. Click on the Crash tab to load the bike crash data,

Once the map loads, look for the ‘report a bike crash’ tab. On my server, it appears to the right of the map.

Be sure to click on the map at the location of your incident, or move the icon to the proper location, I think the default location is Point State Park.

When you assign a name to the accident record, a geographic reference is helpful. A street, intersection or neighborhood helps link the map and the data record, which are accessed separately.

Thanks!


Drewbacca

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Sep 21 2013 at 1:27pm #

Wishing you a quick recovery. Hopefully insurance takes care of the details, the driver learns a valuable lesson (and shares it with other drivers), and everyone moves on… sadly, that often seems like too much to ask for.


Marko82

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Sep 21 2013 at 1:48pm #

So glad you are (mostly) ok. Sending warm thoughts your way.


RustyRed

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Sep 21 2013 at 3:05pm #

Quick recovery wishes to Jason and Maggie’s sister!


Ahlir

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Sep 21 2013 at 4:29pm #

Jason: Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Do get back to biking; I did. It’s still the easiest way to get around.
But do be careful. Soon, we’ll be part of the street and get the respect accorded to all others.
Edit: respect level == accorded to others on the street…


stefb

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Sep 22 2013 at 6:42am #

Hope you heal quickly. Ps- I assume you are one of the Spak brothers as in the Spak brothers who make awesome food in Garfield?


Vannevar

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Sep 22 2013 at 7:21am #

Jason Spak wrote:So I don’t think this is the sort of situation where bikers and drivers should divide into tribes.

I really admire your perspective and presence and spirit. I hope to meet you on a ride. Respects.


gg

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Sep 23 2013 at 9:45am #

Wishing you a full recovery.


sarapgh2

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Sep 23 2013 at 10:27am #

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, I’m sure this was an unbelievable shock. Not sure who your physicians are, but I would urge you STRONGLY to see the concussion specialists at UPMC on the South side. Many doctors (we know this from personal experience) will not recommend this, and think even a CAT scan is enough. Your memory loss indicates some concern and concussions are still very complicated and under diagnosed. Off the soap box now. Sending you and all those recently injured on bikes healing thoughts.


Pierce

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Sep 23 2013 at 8:55pm #

Agree with seeing the concussion people at UPMC…

I never lost consciousness in an accident of mine, but still tested poorly on all their tests and had to get prescription glasses I didn’t need before the accident

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