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Have you made your 311 complaint this week?

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Mikhail

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Jan 29 2014 at 11:58am #

byogman wrote:Whose head do I have to bash in repeatedly to make this point officially?

Well, I don’t propose to bash his head, but I believe Impala26 worked as intern at the Pittsburgh City Planning Dept. http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/bates-street/#post-182746 http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/bates-street/#post-182761. He is a great source of info. I believe that he explained once that access to EFT has to be ADA complaint. But could be wrong here.


J Z

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Jan 29 2014 at 12:45pm #

@Mikhail maybe there isn’t an “official” connector, but there is sidewalk and someone is responsible for keeping it clear per city regs, even if it is the city. That said, there may be an incentive for them to not enforce their own regs on themselves.


buffalo buffalo

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Jan 29 2014 at 1:14pm #

J Z wrote:@Mikhail maybe there isn’t an “official” connector, but there is sidewalk and someone is responsible for keeping it clear per city regs, even if it is the city. That said, there may be an incentive for them to not enforce their own regs on themselves.

Before the Bates St bridge was rebuilt, there used to be an actual gravel path down from the EFT. I think this is what byogman is asking to have restored… Good luck.

Now there is only the steps and ramp down to the Second Ave sidewalk, which you have to follow for some distance to reach Bates. And yes, per http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/GeneralInfo.aspx?ParcelID=0011K00340000900, the entire strip of land between the Parkway and Second is City property, and the City are responsible for clearing any and all sidewalk on their land.


Mikhail

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Jan 29 2014 at 4:02pm #

J Z wrote:@Mikhail maybe there isn’t an “official” connector, but there is sidewalk and someone is responsible for keeping it clear per city regs, even if it is the city. That said, there may be an incentive for them to not enforce their own regs on themselves.

If you mean Bates-side walk-one of these two entrances to EFT then you are correct — someone should clean them up as well as sidewalk. I meant the one discussed here — http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/eliza-furnace-trail-deterioration-steps/#post-275934


Pierce

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Jan 29 2014 at 6:51pm #

Complained to Munhall about the candlestick section of the GAP not being cleared

Sent email to FoTRF to see if they’ve done any research into having the Sandcastle section of the trail cleared. It’s in West Homestead, could that borough clear it?


J Z

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Jan 29 2014 at 8:36pm #

Mikhail wrote:

J Z wrote:@Mikhail maybe there isn’t an “official” connector, but there is sidewalk and someone is responsible for keeping it clear per city regs, even if it is the city. That said, there may be an incentive for them to not enforce their own regs on themselves.

If you mean Bates-side walk-one of these two entrances to EFT then you are correct — someone should clean them up as well as sidewalk. I meant the one discussed here — http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/eliza-furnace-trail-deterioration-steps/#post-275934

That’s the one I mean, that wood ramp that I bit it on earlier this season. The runup to that “feature” from Bates is garbage right now.


Mikhail

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Jan 30 2014 at 11:26am #

J Z wrote:That’s the one I mean, that wood ramp that I bit it on earlier this season. The runup to that “feature” from Bates is garbage right now.

I think I can clean them up next time — it’s not that far away from my work and I have a shovel in my trunk.


paulheckbert

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Jan 30 2014 at 12:55pm #

Pierce wrote:Sent email to FoTRF to see if they’ve done any research into having the Sandcastle section of the trail cleared. It’s in West Homestead, could that borough clear it?

Pierce: Friends of the Riverfront manages the GAP downstream of the Glenwood Bridge (the section also known as the Baldwin Borough Trail; talk to trail stewardship coordinator Jeffrey McCauley). Steel Valley Trail Council (info@steelvalleytrail.org) manages the GAP upstream of there (near Sandcastle, Waterfront, Kennywood, etc.). I volunteer for both organizations.


J Z

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Jan 30 2014 at 1:05pm #

Mikhail wrote:

J Z wrote:That’s the one I mean, that wood ramp that I bit it on earlier this season. The runup to that “feature” from Bates is garbage right now.

I think I can clean them up next time — it’s not that far away from my work and I have a shovel in my trunk.

You sir, are awesome!


Pierce

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Jan 30 2014 at 1:25pm #

Paul, I messaged the Waterfront property management to see if they’d be willing to plow the trail on East Waterfront Drive. Munhall said they’re (the Waterfront company) in charge of everything over there

I also contacted the SVT to see if they’ve got any clearing ideas. I noticed another design oddity on that section of the trail as well by Sandcastle. There’s a gate that opens up into sandcastle in the chain link fence, but it’s about thirty feet inside the Sandcastle gate on the Costco said.

So if a full size truck were to plow the trail, they’d have to plow from keystone metals where the turnable bollards are and then either open the gate, go into Sandcastle and turn around, or just drive in reverse all the way back to Keystone. I don’t think a truck could get through the 90 degree bend where the ramp is on the Costco side.

I also saw joggers running through Costco. I’ve begun jumping the fence myself


Mikhail

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Jan 30 2014 at 10:29pm #

Mikhail wrote:I can clean them up next time

Done.


J Z

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Jan 31 2014 at 8:53am #

Mikhail wrote:

Mikhail wrote:I can clean them up next time

Done.

Seriously, that’s awesome. Thank you!


Benzo

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Jan 31 2014 at 10:30am #

I think the best thing to plow the trail to and around the waterfront and other narrow sections would be a small golf cart like ATV / utility vehicle like they use on the PITT campus.

Still need to figure out how they can access everything due to bollards, but they are pretty small and could fit on most of the trails easily and allow other trail users to squeeze past.


buffalo buffalo

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Jan 31 2014 at 10:38am #

Pitt and CMU both use a combination of pickup trucks and the smaller ATVs to plow and otherwise maintain their sidewalks—perhaps they could be convinced to give (or sell at a reduced price) one or two of their older vehicles to the trail councils?

I believe the Downtown Partnership clears its sidewalks just with snowblowers; I saw one in use last weekend. it had a shield behind it that made me think it was a ride-on until I passed it and saw the operator simply walking… Not sure what Oakland BID does for snow removal, but I know they have one or two ride-on sweepers for cleaning the sidewalks the rest of the year; based on what I’ve seen it do, it has the turning radius to manage the end of the Sandcastle segment near Costco, though maybe not the transition near the old Fuddruckers toward the gravel trail (which is hard enough on a bike…)


Pierce

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Jan 31 2014 at 1:32pm #

I personally don’t really care about the gravel section as I always go behind the shopping center anyways

Here’s the response I got from George Schmidt of the SVT:

“On behalf of the Steel Valley Trail Council I will answer your question about clearing our section of the Great Allegheny Passage. We simply don’t have the assets or the man power to clear the trail when it snows. I believe the Pittsburgh/Baldwin part of the trail is plowed by the Pittsburgh Public Works Department. It’s pretty easy to run a truck with a plow down the trail from Southside. Removing the snow from the Sandcastle segment would be tough to do without damaging the fences. A snow blower might work, but then you would be throwing snow on the railroad tracks or on Sandcastle’s access road. We owe a lot to these people for helping us get the trail through this area and we do not want to antagonize them.

The trail actually runs through at least four municipalities and a major commercial development. It wouldn’t hurt to ask, but I don’t believe they have the resources either. As far as plowing the bike lanes by the Pump House, we have a major expense replacing delineators, aka candlesticks, every spring. These are damaged by snow plows and run over by vehicles as it is. I imagine sending a plow down the middle of the narrow bike lanes would guarantee a lot more damage. Plowing the crushed stone section of the trail through the Waterfront could cause more damage than good.

As a ex-bicycle commuter, I can understand your frustration with having to ride on the road when there is an alternative. The railroad access road and the sidewalk on West Carson street would have been a lot safer to use if they had a relatively small investment of resources.

Hang in there. We have had twice as much snow as we normally have at this time of the year. If you would like to get involved with maintenance on our section of the trail, please feel free to contact me.

Be careful out there.”

I’m thinking maybe this would do the trick for the segment I’m most concerned about, which is the Sandcastle link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CZ2Y0M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2QHMFNXKTV28D&coliid=I2RBE5TF301QWX


Mikhail

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Jan 31 2014 at 3:46pm #

Pierce wrote:I’m thinking maybe this would do the trick for the segment I’m most concerned about, which is the Sandcastle link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CZ2Y0M/ref=w

And where are going to put snow you removed from the link?


Mikhail

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Feb 3 2014 at 1:53pm #

While I was walking during lunch I saw PW small truck started to clean EFT and HMB. More exactly HMB and beginning og EFT (starting from parking lot at the east end) have been cleanup and guy just cleaned Bates overpass and a little bit further.


salty

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Feb 3 2014 at 6:15pm #

Mellon Park trails were plowed again when I went through this morning. I sent 311 a thank you last time, other people that use it may want to do the same.


Benzo

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Feb 4 2014 at 10:42am #

I noticed today that a lot of potholes were filled recently. Keep those 311 requests coming.


Benzo

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Feb 5 2014 at 12:38pm #

I keep seeing people driving in the bike lane, I can understand that it’s hard to see, since the paint is getting old. So I put the following tickets in to fix that.

ticket number: 70547
The paint on the Bike lane on liberty ave between Baum Blvd and bloomfield bridge is worn away so much that it’s hardly visible in many places. Please repaint or replace with torch down markings.

ticket number: 70553
The paint on the Bike lane on Friendship ave between cedarville st and gross st is worn away so much that it’s hardly visible in many places. Please repaint or replace with torch down markings.


salty

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Feb 6 2014 at 12:40am #

3 in a row for Mellon park, that’s really nice to see. Although, they didn’t salt – it was ok in the am but by 7pm, the part parallel to Penn had a clear path through it but once you get to the bend and beyond it’s a sheet of ice. I didn’t mind since I always like getting my moneys’ worth out of the studded tires I bought, but it would be sketchy on anything else.


helen s

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Feb 6 2014 at 7:07am #

I just sent a Thank you for clearing the EFT so well and so quickly yesterday. I was not looking forward to slogging through the then freezing slush for the afternoon commute (I took main roads in the morning, but after “rush” hour) when I was pleasantly surprised to find the trail was very clear. I only saw one other set of tires before me- I am guessing others did not expect it to be cleared and took alternate routes.


rgrasmus

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Feb 7 2014 at 12:06pm #

Anyone else using their lunch break to file 311 complaints of sidewalk ice-sheets along their commutes? Looks like the weather won’t melt them anytime soon.


reddan

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Feb 7 2014 at 2:47pm #

I was using my lunchbreak to sketch up a pair of foot-mounted ice scraper blades with an SPD interface. Get off bike, clip blades to feet, kick the shinola out of some ice pack, unclip blades, and ride on.


Benzo

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Feb 10 2014 at 10:03am #

Reported the giant pothole on fisk st next to the crazy mocha in lawrenceville. I’ve nearly hit that thing several times when turning off butler st.


Benzo

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Mar 4 2014 at 2:21pm #

Ticket number: 79347

Existing bicycle sharrow markings on center ave between neville st and millvale ave have deteriorated so that most of them are no longer recognizable. Some are no visible at all. Please Re-apply.


Benzo

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Mar 7 2014 at 9:50am #

Put in another 311 ticket since there were 7 vehicles parked along millvale ave by west penn hospital. 4 of those were blocking the bike lane.

Ticket number: 79799


Benzo

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Mar 7 2014 at 9:55am #

It would really be nice to have a separate category for vehicles blocking bike lane on 311 so they could be easily categorized. Baltimore does this with their 311 system. I wonder if that could be done? I saw they added one for snow removal this winter.

http://www.bikemore.net/blog/how-to-report-vehicles-parked-in-bicycle-paths-and-lanes-in-baltimore


salty

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Apr 1 2014 at 6:52pm #

INCIDENT ADDRESS Beechwood Blvd.
TOPIC OF CONCERN Parking
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Ah, spring brings the return of people who are too stupid and/or lazy to park their cars without blocking a bike/pedestrian path or crosswalk. Can you please paint some “No Parking” markings and increase enforcement in the areas around Mellon Park? Specifically, the paths around the ballfield are often blocked by cars, but the whole “stub” area of Beechwood Blvd is terrible, cars are often double or triple parked. I’ve also seen people blocking the crosswalk and construction entrance on what used to be Putnam St., and parked on Beechwood so close to 5th Ave to block the crosswalk there.

(old photo; it was basically the same situation today, plus a huge mound of dirt, but I couldn’t be arsed to snap a photo. all winter, there was no problem).


paulheckbert

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Apr 1 2014 at 11:13pm #

Highland Park
Refuse

Broken glass on Highland Park Bridge – creates a hazard for cyclists. The bridge is a vital connection in Pittsburgh’s bicycle network, and cycling in the roadway, especially at rush hour, is risky, with a narrow gravel-strewn shoulder and fast-moving cars. So most cyclists take the sidewalk. Yet the sidewalk has lots of gravel on it and a few bad patches of broken glass. It appears that the bridge sidewalk has not been cleaned in years. You need to clean it at least once a year to remove accumulated glass and other trash, which can cause punctures in bicycle tires. Photo attached.


pearmask

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Apr 15 2014 at 11:52pm #

Trying to get onto the South Side Trail to go in the direction of downtown from around South Side Works at ~1:45am on Monday night, I was surprised to encounter a police van driving along the trail. We were sternly told via the van’s loudspeaker that the park was closed and that we couldn’t take the trail. I take that trail a lot at night when I’m not in the mood to play in drunk Carson St traffic, especially from 18th to Hot Metal when I’m coming home from working late, and I have never had this problem. I was not amused. The interaction has been 311ed. I’m curious if there will be any response. I know the park is technically closed at night, but I would say it does not seem especially prudent to enforce a policy like that in a way that forces cyclists onto a corridor like Carson St at night.

After getting kicked out, we might have sassily ridden down to 18th and gotten on the trail there instead… maybe


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 22 2014 at 3:39am #

Real nasty pothole in the middle of Third Avenue, downtown, between Smithfield and Wood.

“@bus15237 Thank you for tweeting, your request ID# is 87442.”


quizbot

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May 1 2014 at 11:20pm #

Bike lane stripe inbound Liberty from Main to Ewing is gone.

An extension of the thermoplastic green lane here would be practical. It’s a heavy-wear spot, mostly from cars making a wide left from the bridge onto Liberty inbound.

The outbound green lane at this intersection has held up extremely well where cars are crossing over to the bridge on-ramp – as has the inbound crossover from Liberty to Main. If this was a test intersection for durability of the green stuff, I’d call it a win.

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StuInMcCandless

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May 5 2014 at 6:03am #

My tweet:

@Pgh311 Large pothole, Allegheny Ave at Reedsdale St. Ideal position & size to flip a bike. pic.twitter.com/h2lv0LBdjd

Their response:
@bus15237 Request ID# 89933 has been sent to DPW to address potholes in intersection of Allegheny Ave @ Reedsdale Street


Marko82

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May 6 2014 at 8:25pm #

There are two potholes in the crosswalk at the southern end of the Hot Metal Bridge. Although these holes are small compared to others in the area, that crosswalk is heavily used by the cyclist using the bicycle trail through there. It would be very likely for an inexperienced cyclist to crash in the roadway if they dont see these. The crosswalk paint is starting to fade too, but the potholes are the main worry. Thanks
Ticket ID #89992


Benzo

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Jun 5 2014 at 3:14pm #

Submitted ticket to clear downed tree on pocusset dr connector (which links prospect circle to pocusset st).

311 Response Web Form Submission Receipt
Your submission has been assigned ticket number: 98063

TOPIC OF CONCERN Overgrowth – Public Property
MESSAGE
In Schenly Park, near Prospect Circle, there is a small connector road which connects to pocusset st (shown on google maps as pocusset drive trail). This road is blocked by a single fallen tree. There are already crews on prospect Circle clearing some other trees. Could you ask them to please clear the fallen tree blocking this path so it can provide through access to park users on bicycles who would like to connect to the new bikeway on pocusset st.

LATITUDE 40.43126897044754 LONGITUDE -79.93696331977844

Other than this tree, the trail is clear to ride, there currently is not a great go-around.


Benzo

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Jun 5 2014 at 4:35pm #

Response:
Thank you for contacting 311. Request ID# 390922 has been assigned to your concern. The Dept. of Public Works now has a work order to removed the tree at Pocussett Drive @ Pocussett Drive Trail.


Mick

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Jun 6 2014 at 1:28am #

Benzo,

Years ago, I tried traversing that trail on foot. At that time there were so many felled trees that passage was next to impossible.

The trees appearred to me to ahve been deliberately felled to block the path. I wasn’t sure whether this would ahve been neighbors to keep the gay guys out, or gay guys to keep police out.

Please let us know when/if the tree gets cleared.


Benzo

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Jun 6 2014 at 6:05am #

I scoped his last week and this was the only thing still blocking the trail, other stuff may be partially in the path, but it was all relatively easy to avoid. Totally travers able on a road bike with no dismount needed (except this one tree blocking the trail at the top). I’ll repost when it’s cleared completely.


Pierce

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Jun 6 2014 at 12:41pm #

Railroad overpass project on 885, people walking on 885, which narrows to two lines, no shoulders and jersey barriers. Literally no place for peds to walk and so now they’re either walking on 885 or according to the construction manager, walking on an unfinished construction walkway

Had to go through a couple of people to find out what’s going on, apparently they’re trying to find a solution. Kind of annoying this wasn’t thought of beforehand though

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