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Letters to the Editor – 2014 edition

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Marko82

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Mar 25 2014 at 11:07am #

With the nice weather coming, the letters are bound to start popping up like crocuses, so I thought I’d start a new thread for this year so we can keep track of the bicycle related letters to the editor, both pro and anti, within one thread.

First up, a reminder from a blind pedestrian not to buzz their dog. Really?

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/03/25/Spring-and-cyclists/stories/201403250168


helen s

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Mar 25 2014 at 5:57pm #

I want to write a letter complaining that my neighbor does not recycle all of their recyclables and leaves too many lights on, which obviously means ALL of my neighbors do this!

Speaking of which, I saw my first blooming crocuses today, but I have not been out and about much. Anyone seen any blooming daffodils
yet? I have heard the frogs are calling down in lower frick park.


jonawebb

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Apr 24 2014 at 7:18am #

Ted & the Highland Park Bridge:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/04/24/Easter-close-call/stories/201404240172


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 24 2014 at 11:47am #

Two cents added.


Ted

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Apr 24 2014 at 11:51am #

@Stu good points about the HPB having a higher speed limit than other bridges. I wanted to include something about the 4 foot passing law, but I couldn’t figure out a good place to put it in with a 250 word limit.


Marko82

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Apr 24 2014 at 1:40pm #

Great letter Ted!


screbner

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Apr 26 2014 at 5:32am #

+1000 Ted!


rice rocket

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Apr 26 2014 at 11:10am #

The posted speed limit doesn’t mean diddly in PGH. The Homestead High Level bridge is what, 25?

HPB sucks, I go out of my way to 62nd St and go back up the other side.


Eric

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Apr 26 2014 at 8:12pm #

The sidewalk on the HP bridge is clear of debris and signs. All the construction signs are clamped onto the jersey barriers. Better view to the river from the sidewalk too….


jonawebb

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Jun 12 2014 at 11:51am #

Pro-bike editorial, Francis Kilinsky is already there in the comments:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2014/06/12/On-the-right-road/stories/201406120130

Have at it.


jonawebb

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Jun 14 2014 at 9:05am #

Two letter today about the bike lane — one pro and one con. The letter from Jimmy Goldman is interesting; he claims nearly a million bicycle miles (hmm… Danny Chew?)

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/06/14/Bus-lane-cycling/stories/201406140077

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/06/14/Penn-Ave-biking/stories/201406140078


paulheckbert

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Jul 8 2014 at 12:19pm #

National discussion of “reckless cyclists”:

https://medium.com/@CarlAlviani/why-bikes-make-smart-people-say-dumb-things-9316abbd5735

Scott Simon @nprscottsimon · Jun 26
Any walk through downtown demonstrates that cyclists think they’re above the law. Does that explain @lancearmstrong ?


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 8 2014 at 12:33pm #

This “national conversation” is running entirely counter to the groundswell that got the national 55 mph speed limit repealed. If cyclists were to do what most motorists did from 1974 to 1992, hardly anyone would be stopping for lights and stop signs, and everyone would be cheering them on.

C.W. McCall’s “Convoy” was at #1 on Billboard for three weeks in 1976, at the height of the disco movement. (I didn’t have to look that up. I lived it!)


rsprake

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Jul 9 2014 at 10:52am #

That’s a great point Stu. Funny how that works.


Mick

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Jul 9 2014 at 11:35am #

@ StuInMc C.W. McCall’s “Convoy” was at #1 on Billboard for three weeks in 1976, at the height of the disco movement.

IIRC, that was when the phrase “Shoot me now,” became a meme.

Purely coincidental, I’m sure.


rgrasmus

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Jul 9 2014 at 1:01pm #

Not sure what happened to the out-of-town news thread, but a rather puerile article by a WashPo columnist http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/bicyclist-bullies-try-to-rule-the-road-in-dc/2014/07/08/f7843560-06e3-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html


Benzo

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Jul 9 2014 at 2:11pm #

Yeah, that guy also had a column about how he hates speed cameras.

Here’s a tip for him, the robot won’t ticket you when you don’t speed, so stop complaining that it’s ethical to break the law while you show disdain for cyclists doing the same.


Marko82

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Jul 10 2014 at 9:21am #

Sen. Pat Toomey is moving the wrong way on active transportation

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/07/10/Sen-Pat-Toomey-is-moving-the-wrong-way-on-active-transportation/stories/201407100187#ixzz374k1y68M


Marko82

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Jul 11 2014 at 7:57am #

“Scott Bricker on cycling infrastructure, parking spaces and the Ultraviolet Loop”

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/70146-scott-bricker-on-cycling-infrastructure-parking-spaces-and-the-ultraviolet-loop-?linktype=hp_topstory


atown

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Jul 11 2014 at 1:18pm #

A new activity for us


paulheckbert

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Jul 15 2014 at 4:11pm #

I like the bingo.

News: Senator Toomey is being somewhat less foolish than in the past: “Funding for bike trails and popular pedestrian projects remains in the highway spending bill moving through the U.S. Senate after Sen. Pat Toomey dropped a proposal to shift those dollars to road and bridge projects.”

http://articles.mcall.com/2014-07-14/news/mc-toomey-rails-trails-amendment-dropped-20140714_1_toomey-e-r-anderson-highway-spending-bill


jonawebb

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Jul 16 2014 at 8:34am #

From yesterday’s PG, a letter thanking Peduto: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/07/16/Mayor-Peduto-is-making-streets-safer-for-cyclists/stories/201407160052

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