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Swalfoort

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Sep 7 2012 at 1:58pm #

With all the BAD news from the local cycling front in recent weeks, I thought I’d start a good news thread.

Here’s my submission for the day:

I had submitted a 311 comment about a month ago about some really shoddy patching on McClure Street just north of Antrim. The patch material had sagged, as if something heavy had been placed on it when it was not yet dry.

The City said they’d have it fixed in a week. It took a little longer than that, but it’s the best solution to a 311 complaint that I have every seen. They didn’t just patch the three of four areas that were sagging. They overlaid the entire width of the street for a distance of 20 or 30 feet. Nice, smooth dark pavement. I smile now everytime I get to the that corner.

Thanks, City. I like your response to my concern. (And yes, I’ve told them that.)

Anyone else with a GOOD NEWS story to share?


Pseudacris

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Sep 7 2012 at 1:59pm #

A student at Robert Morris is trying to start a cycling club on the campus!


ejwme

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Sep 7 2012 at 3:06pm #

I spent an hour driving around between millvale, lawrenceville, squirrel hill, shady side, and squirrel hill last night between 6:30PM and 9PM, and was never out of sight of a cyclist. In other words, my entire drive, all directions, there was at least one (often more than one) cyclist visible.

And at no time did I witness any driver or cyclist shenanigans.

I think that counts as good news. I’ve literally never seen so many cyclists out and about.


ajbooth

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Sep 7 2012 at 3:15pm #

I had a police officer tell me yesterday, on my way in to work, that she was happy to see a cyclist who followed the rules, was safe and predictable, and was singing on the way down Arlington Ave. Guess I was a bit louder than I thought! I had “Shimmy Low” by the Clarks stuck in my head and had to let it out…


rsprake

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Sep 7 2012 at 4:05pm #

This morning I was stopped at Beechwood at Fifth and Elsworth at Aiken with two or more other cyclists and it wasn’t a big deal.


Swalfoort

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Sep 7 2012 at 4:07pm #

+1 Ryan

We’ll be doing counts at both of those locations in the next two weeks. Be sure to wave to the volunteers counting bikes if you happen to see them.


Anonymous

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Sep 7 2012 at 5:05pm #

The other day I had a city bus pass me on Forbes @ frick park, and it literally moved ALL THE WAY into the left lane to pass me, instead of hugging the bike lane. I wanted to cheer! I should have remembered the bus number and called PAT to have them give that guy a raise!


edmonds59

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Sep 7 2012 at 5:09pm #

It’s Friday…?

That’s all I have.

I need to ride or something, my brain is exploding.


sarah_q

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Sep 7 2012 at 5:56pm #

had an awesome ~10 mile ride to school with my son this morning (8th grade).


J Z

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Sep 7 2012 at 6:08pm #

The other night @ Forbes and Beechwood a PAT bus driver flipped his lights at me and gave me a Pgh left. Thanks man. Appreciated.


HiddenVariable

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Sep 7 2012 at 6:15pm #

pretty much every day on my way to work, i come down main, make a right on butler, then a left on 42nd street. and pretty much every day, someone stops and waves me through that last turn.

oh, and also: the sharrows on butler inbound went down a few days ago. it will be fun to see what this street becomes once the 28 work is done, and maybe if they repave the mohawk.


Pseudacris

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Sep 7 2012 at 6:15pm #

Bodega Bike art project coming to NYC. reclaiming food waste via cargo bike: http://www.excessnyc.org/


Anonymous

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Sep 7 2012 at 6:36pm #

I got a new bike and finally got around to taking a pic and making it my avatar.

Small steps for the technically challenged…


julieb

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Sep 7 2012 at 7:25pm #

I just receivd a surprise packet of BikePGH stickers from a friend in the mail today. YAHOO! New stickers for my new bike! Yes, small steps.


Erica

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Sep 7 2012 at 7:46pm #

When a driver of a tow truck laid on the horn because the person in front of them was trying to park (legally and safely, not in any way that obstructed traffic – the tow truck guy was just being a jerk), one of the parking lot attendants at Market Outlet yelled “Does that help? Do you feel better?” at him.


Anonymous

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Sep 7 2012 at 8:07pm #

Yesterday a driver flashed their lights to give me the left turn from 45th onto Penn (outbound) and they were the third car to come up to the green light. A *delayed* pgh left, if you will. Felt like rare and nice gesture.

+1 Swalfoort for the thread idea. Great to read about some good things happening.


HiddenVariable

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Sep 7 2012 at 8:24pm #

I just receivd a surprise packet of BikePGH stickers from a friend in the mail today. YAHOO! New stickers for my new bike! Yes, small steps.

i thought packets had to be recv()ed! sorry, just a bit of nerd humor, that probably only i will find funny.


Anonymous

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Sep 7 2012 at 9:12pm #

@HV I’ve been in networking for 15 years. So packed could recvfrom()ed too.


Anonymous

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Sep 8 2012 at 1:18pm #

Swalfoort,

Thank you for starting this post and making my daily ride a little smoother!

Also, I know the patch you are referring to and it really helps! That was a pretty tricky section of road b/c it’s right on a bend where cars jet out from Antrim.

I actually had a woman in a van apologize to me the other day b/c she was “holding me up” when dropping someone off. She wasn’t really holding me up at all and I told her so and said thanks, but I thought it was nice of her to apologize anyway.


Marko82

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Sep 8 2012 at 1:45pm #

Last night coming down Kirkpatrick Street in the hill I had a car behind me hanging back a little. The road narrows considerably and gets curvy at the bottom (and since it was Friday night and dark) so I started to slow way down to allow the car to pass me. The car started to slow down too and he came to a stop in the classic ‘no you go first’ kind of way. As we moved onto the Birmingham bridge we both exchanged waves.


julieb

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Sep 8 2012 at 3:04pm #

Enjoyed my first MTB ride last night in Frick. I’m hooked! Thanks, Colin. Next time i’ll remember my prescription glasses so that i can really see the trail while the sun is going down. Sunglasses in the woods, when the sun is going down not so good! Nice to have a community of people to teach us new skills!


J Z

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Sep 8 2012 at 8:28pm #

All CLPGH copies of Just ride : a radically practical guide to riding your bike / Grant Petersen are checked out.

Author Petersen, Grant.

Title Just ride : a radically practical guide to riding your bike / Grant Petersen ; illustrations by Retsu Takahashi.

LOCATION CALL # STATUS

Jefferson Hills Non-Fiction PB 796.64 PET Checked Out

Pleasant Hills Nonfiction 796.64 P48 Checked Out

Sewickley New Book 796.64 PET 2012 Checked Out

South Park Twp New Books 796.6 PET Checked Out

Upper St. Clair New Book Shelves – Non-fiction 796.6 PET IN TRANSIT


edmonds59

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Sep 10 2012 at 5:28pm #

Ok, got something:

“At the Pro Walk/ Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 [conference this week in San Diego] women will make up 50% of conference presentations.”

Awesome.

http://momentummag.com/blogs/bike-advocacy/the-power-of-the-female-perspective-a-key-focus-at-the-pro-walk-pro-bike-conference/


Anonymous

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Sep 10 2012 at 6:03pm #

I know this is a little out of the way for you “city” bikers, but one of my favorite rail trails is getting extended as we speak. The Lisbon bike trail, AKA Little Beaver Creek Greenway is getting connected to the Mill Creek bikeway. I took pictures of the construction this weekend. The connection is 8 miles of trail, that connects a 10 mile trail to a 15 mile trail. that will be a 33 mile continuous black top trail with no breaks in it from lisbon ohio to waren ohio.

Now that is some good news!


edmonds59

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Sep 11 2012 at 1:03am #

Ok, I got it.

I was riding home from work today, about 13 miles into my 14 mile ride. I was stopped at a light, chillaxin in the left turn lane to make my turn, and a pickup truck with 2 good old boys in it pulls up to my right, jovial fellows. The driver says “Did you ride all the way from McCoy Road (about 1 1/2 mi back)?”. So I said, no, I just rode from downtown. Their faces went as big as pizza pans and the driver said “WAAAA…? YOU’RE A BAAAD MAN!” And we all started laughing our asses off. Right there at the light.

Then he asked me if I needed a couple bucks for gas, and I told them no, just go have a drink on me. Hoot.


helen s

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Sep 11 2012 at 4:56pm #

Coming out of Panther Hollow and waiting to turn right (with the green) down Greenfield to go right on 2nd and to get to the Jail Trail, cars usually don’t slow down even if I am signaling I am turning right.

As I approached the corner, a dumptruck barrelled across in front of me, but the truck behind him hesitated and waved for me to go. Made my day so far.


epkiley

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Sep 11 2012 at 5:46pm #

Standing outside the Rite Aid in Glassport, dumping Gatorade into my water bottle, a woman came up to the door. As she was going in, she said, “That’s what I need to do. Get my bike out.”

Made me feel better about being in Glassport instead of Boston. Whoops.


ejwme

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Sep 11 2012 at 6:30pm #

This is even farther away that the Ohio trail awesomeness (33 miles! Woot!), but perhaps provides some evidence of the culture shift across the US…

I’m right now in semi-rural Georgia, and this morning I saw 4 commuter cyclists. In rural Georgia. At least I assume they were commuters – they were dressed in working clothes (mix of blue and white collar), as adults, with bags or some type of cargo on their bikes. In rural Georgia. Not a place I would have normally pegged to have an active commuter cycling culture.


Anonymous

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Sep 11 2012 at 7:15pm #

epkiley – are you riding the clairton connector? It is my normal commute, but the rail crossing in McKeesport was blocked for maintenence the other day. Had to ride down to the flyover bridge. Folks in a construction zone are not patient with bikers.


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 11 2012 at 9:29pm #

Folks in a construction zone are not patient with bikers.

They need to talk with the crew that was working on the ramp from Millvale up to the 40th St Bridge all summer. They were quite willing to back up equipment, flag traffic, suggest paths around transient piles of stuff, whatever. Always a smile.


epkiley

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Sep 11 2012 at 11:11pm #

I had intended to ride from the Watefront to Boston and back. Never been that far that direction before. The construction was certainly confusing, but I really have no idea where I got off track. At least I got the distance I wanted in.


jamesk

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Sep 12 2012 at 12:14pm #

The fun part was following @epkiley’s ride via Endomondo and texting her “you realize that’s the Mon and not the Yough on your right, right?”


Anonymous

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Sep 12 2012 at 2:09pm #

epkiley – my guess is when you got off the paved trail in Mckeesport and made a right on Lylse, you went over the bridge into Glassport instead of staying right and going under the bridge toward the GAP.

A very easy mistake to make when you are dodging orange barrels and patched cement.


Anonymous

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Sep 12 2012 at 3:27pm #

Well, I still haven’t found my stolen bike. But the good news is it convinced my wife I needed a new bike, and currently heading to pick up my new wheels! New to me bike is some great news! :D


Mick

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Sep 12 2012 at 4:33pm #

@tony P @epkiley – my guess is when you got off the paved trail in Mckeesport and made a right on Lylse, you went over the bridge into Glassport instead of staying right and going under the bridge toward the GAP.

Another good way to get to the GAP is to actually cross that bridge> If you go straight, you get to Glassport If you mkae a right, you get to Port Vue.

If you make a right, then an second right immediately, you get to a road by the3 river and half a mile down that road there is a sweet path through the forbodingly named “Dead Man’s Hollow” that is part of the GAP.


Anonymous

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Sep 12 2012 at 5:32pm #

Mick, I had no idea. I cross the bridge and then take a right off the bridge down the ramp into that neighborhood. It is the signed “clairton connector”. I haven’t ever made another right…..do you cross back over the river somewhere further down/up stream?


epkiley

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Sep 12 2012 at 6:40pm #

@TonyP Stepping through Google maps that seems to be what I did wrong.

@Mick … darn it, back to Google maps to look for that now too.


Mick

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Sep 12 2012 at 6:48pm #

Tony, just to be clear: There are paths on BOTH sides of the Youghiogheny River from McKeesport to Boston.

Coming from Pittsburgh, you can either cross at the Boston Bridge or the 15th street bridge.

When I wrote earlier I was confused between the 15th street bridge and the Lylse St bridge. I also said “right and right again” when I meant “LEFT and LEFT again.”

You can see the GAP (North) coming off the 15 Street Bridge this map

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=40.336551,-79.861958&spn=0.001865,0.003363&t=m&z=18

Unless it has changed in the time since I’ve last been there, you need to be on the street in this section, even though Google says different.

Finding the trail when you get to the South-East end of River Ridge Road isn’t completely trivial – if you didn’t know it was there, you might not find it. Easier to understand coming from the other direction – coming inbound, go straight on the trail instead of coming into McKeesport over the Boston Bridge and it’s easy to comprehend.


jamesk

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Sep 12 2012 at 7:12pm #

Going south along the Yough, your choices are either: left (east) bank — amazingly crappy road surface for part of the ride (I mean, the new Mars rover would have trouble with some parts of the trail); or right (west) bank — sharing part of the “trail” with heavy truck traffic going in and out of a railyard.


rsprake

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Sep 13 2012 at 1:14pm #

It’s certainly not the nicest ride to get to Boston.

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