Bike corrals, they're happening

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erok
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hyla, if you look at their agenda, they also review gardens and playgrounds


Erica
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It would be cool if every grocery store had a corral, but I suppose that would be more up to the property owners than the city, huh?


Pseudacris
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@erok – thanks for the info. makes some kind of sense.,


erok
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yeah. property owners can do what they want on private property


Pseudacris
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When I lived in Seattle there was an amazing 1% for the arts program — so mostly there was a lot of attention given to the massive amount of public art going in when the dotcom boom was strong and the airport & bus system were expanding. I wish we had a 1% program here, but maybe the history of the arts commission here is why we have such awesome bridge and park entrances.

Good luck with the review : looks like it is coming up very soon!

I am excited to see corrals starting to pop up!

[edit]: one of my favorite public arts projects in seattle is the Seattle George monument at the convention center by Buster Simpson.

He also designed this rather interesting bike parking station with a green roof with another artist, in Portland.


rsprake
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Glad they approved a design, but am I wrong that it was something they could have approved in a day over email?

What’s the next step for getting them installed? Can they be ready for the Shadyside arts festival?


scott
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The next step, I believe, is for Steve to create a work order for DPW to follow. Materials may need to be purchased as well. The actual parking space needs to be approved by the city as well.


erok
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yeah, things get slightly more complicated if it is a metered space as well


rsprake
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I think they planned to put the Shadyside corrals on street corners where no legal parking currently exists.


Mick
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@pseudacris Cassette is an 11-25 so swapping it for an 11-28 is another possibility

I’m guessing that program rarely gets implemented in cities on the edge of bankrupcy.

The state legislators who voted to ensure that Pittsburgh couldn’t raise parking rates without privatizing parking would be unlikely to respond well to that particular “one percent” (although they seem to do a lot of votes in favor of some other “one per cent.”)


buffalo buffalo
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> When I lived in Seattle there was an amazing 1% for the arts program…. I wish we had a 1% program here.

I’m not familiar with the Seattle program, but isn’t this basically what ARAD is for? We all pay an extra 1% sales tax to support arts & cultural institutions across the county…


Pseudacris
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A lot of good stuff happens through ARAD, but I think it is broader, and can fund things like elevators in museums. Seattle has/had a number of arts funds & King County probably had something akin to ARAD. However, the program I mentioned was really specific and caused there to be a lot of art in the city. Specifically 1% of any city or county construction/infrastructure project budget was for arts commissions. Sometimes the artist would be commissioned to work with architects and engineers on things like lighting and surface treatments or making utilities look more interesting, other times it would be some kind of designed object put outside. On occasion it would be a series of performances or temporary art.

Portland has a similar program – that’s why a lot of art got installed when the light rail system went in there.


scott
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We have one percent for art. Not sure how often it’s “enforced” so to say. http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/publicart1017.aspx


Pseudacris
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Thanks for the link! Though, Donatelli and Baker seem to have moved on. I did find a link to the current City Arts commission . In the past I have been told that there was the ordinance on the books but not enforced–maybe due to lean times for the city. The 1% is linked to construction done by the city.


erok
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portland has had a bill that says that 1% of state-funded transportation projects be used to build bicycle facilities since 1971. one of the biggest jumps to that town was that the city wasn’t using the money, then advocates in the 90s sued and won, forcing them to actually use the money. that and a groundswell of grassroots support


Mick
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Oh man. I have to read what I post while I can still edit it. Seems my copy-and-paste put in the wrong text. Should ahve read when the italici9zed part of Bufflo buffalo’s post.


Stephen
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Erok- Thanks for getting the word out about the approved design. Just a few comments:

The art commission is basically a public space commission. Any project proposed for City land is vetted through the commission.

Proposed corrals are reviewed by the city’s traffic engineer. Staff has not received any proposals located in Shadyside.

Finally, the City is reviewing proposals for 3 more corrals this year and budgeting for 3-5 next year. Stay tuned.


Erica
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nice!!


rsprake
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Marty’s Market got one of the bike corrals, although it’s installed on the sidewalk.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=428234727229401&set=a.360055477380660.103135.310946958958179&type=1&theater


HiddenVariable
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i can’t wait for shadyside to get theirs. i wish they were putting one on copeland, though. every time i’m over there, all the parking meters are taken up by people going to yoga or starbucks. still, while i feel like they would be used, it seems wrong to request more corrals in shadyside, when two are already on their way.


velomuse
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The Co-op has also been working to get a bike corral installed for a long time in the parking lot between Meade and Penn Ave. It’s getting bolted down today: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4233118919700&l=79142a5cf7


scott
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That’s great! And a fix-it is on the way!!!


Anonymous
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Nice. We could use a few dozen more around the city now tht 99% of the parking meters have been removed.

Where there used to be 10 places to lock up on a block, most of Oakland is down to 1 or 2.


erok
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there is supposed to be more racks going in. i’m not sure when. here’s a summary of what to expect with the meter removal.

http://bike-pgh.org/blog/2012/07/24/how-the-citys-parking-meter-replacement-will-affect-bicyclists/


Benzo
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At least there are more signposts going up in place of some meters to designate the borders of the parking area. So I don’t think the transition is as bad as it could be. I’d still like to see better curb painting around fire hydrants and corners to indicate where you shouldn’t park.


buffalo buffalo
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> The Co-op has also been working to get a bike corral installed for a long time in the parking lot between Meade and Penn Ave. It’s getting bolted down today…

This reminds me… I’ve tried a couple times to make a formal suggestion that the Shur-save in Bloomfield get a rack or some kind of bike-locking solution other than the cart-retention rails near the entrance, and have gotten little more than brushed off. (In fact, one employee I was chatting with outside told me that “he” (I assume the store owner) “would never” spend money on something like that. A couple weeks later, the store has in fact removed the few rails that existed and put in straight vertical poles…)

Does anyone have any contact information for the store? It doesn’t seem like they’re connected to the wider Shur-Save chain–they aren’t mentioned on its website–and they don’t seem to have a website of their own…


Anonymous
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Unfortunately a large number of franchised chains are indipendantly operated and the national corporate office doesnt care.

Sometimes a bad egg doens’t have to fear for national brand reprisal.


erok
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word is the shadyside mad mex corral went in today. don’t have pics yet. if someone’s out there and could post some pics that would be cool.


sloaps
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On highland avenue? I saw it painted and signed over the holiday. No candlesticks like in front of OTB, though.


erok
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yeah, the racks, and i’m guessing the candlesticks went in today. but i haven’t seen it


cburch
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yes!!!!!!!


Anonymous
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I should be heading by there in a couple hours, ill grab a pic to post if one us not yet posted by the time I get home.


ieverhart
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Hurrah!


salty
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Nice… Those definitely were not there on Wed. night.

Not to be greedy, but it looks like they could fit more racks there?


ieverhart
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It does look like at least one other quad-rack could be added there, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. The one that’s there now could have to be moved to the side a bit to fit both but that’s obviously a possibility.

There was also a single inverted U rack about 50 feet to the right of the edge of the photo, on the sidewalk, which I initially locked up to, before seeing this earlier tonight.


melange396
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w00t, one of my favorite places just got moar favoriter! their draught prices can be a little pricey, but… baby steps


Anonymous
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a.) the oakland one is better.

b.) i woulda grabbed a pic, but took a different way home. :(


mr marvelous
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Where is the one in Oakland?


cburch
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Better if you like it super crowded and full of college kids. Meh.

Marv, it’s on the corner of Attwood and Bates


edmonds59
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The one in Oakland does have the most disaffected wait-staff. Just seems more authentic.

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