Good news thread
i’m going to attempt to organize a day trip there in early november.
Raystown: YES! GO! That’s an incredible good time.
But also, this morning I had to leave an office in squirrel hill and go to Oakland. In that short trip I saw 9 cyclists and the usually high number of cars. Nobody was misbehaving. Everybody was sharing safely.
Text messages from co-workers;
And yes, I can be a dick.
Show the love Bill and don’t forget to mention how pretty the trees are looking.
Also, 2 mile long stack of cars that I am about to pass this morning, just had to memorialize this. @40 ft/car (generous) in 2 miles, that’s 264 cars, an incredibly small number of cars to choke up an entire quadrant of a city. It was a great morning, and the trees were lovely.
Heh heh. I encountered traffic jammed on Blvd of the Allies between stanwix and grant. I waited for about 10 minutes, got pissed at motorists grid locking, then filtered, which i rarely do. It was also a mess on Ellsworth and highland. Don’t know why it seemed worse than usual. Filtered again. Advantage: bicycle.
Good news: I think I converted one to our ranks.
My baby brother (19) came to visit from the lovely suburbs of the Volunteer State, back where I grew up where they haven’t even figured out sidewalks yet, much less bike lanes. We made plans to go shopping in South Side Works, and I casually suggested that the trip from Friendship to South Side was much more pleasant on a bike than in a car, but he was nervous about the hills and offered to drive. I reluctantly went along with it. Somewhere on the way back, while we were stuck in traffic on Forbes after getting off the Birmingham Bridge, he said something to the effect of “Ohhhhh, now I see why you ride bikes every day here. I had been wondering why you did that, and I totally didn’t get it, but now I do. This is horrible. We are not driving anywhere for the rest of this weekend. Bikes only.”
And so we did. We had a very pleasant ride through the Northeast Passage to EEFC last night – his first ride as an adult / for transportation. Even despite carrying a ten-pound jug of apple cider back in his backpack (he offered!) and getting passed too close a couple times despite my best efforts to ride to his left and act like a douchebag wall, he still couldn’t stop saying “This is fun!”
And I think this means the bike I bought from Benzo for my boyfriend, who has not been riding it, may be finding a new home in Tennessee where it will be loved properly
@edmonds59 – That’s Steubenville and Lorish, right? Was the backup all the way from the Thornburg Bridge? How far out did it go?
Pretty close. It was actually backed up the 79 ramp coming onto Steuby pike, all the way into Crafton.
Pear, great story!
@pearmask: Tennessee? that’s my home state! what part are you from?
@Pierce: post the dets already!
I’m from Knoxville, mostly. (And went to college in Nashville.) Didn’t you post one time that you were from Chattanooga?
I like Knoxville for many reasons, not least of which is that one of my favorite bands resides there.
I posted in another thread when Chattanooga got a bikeshare. I was happy to see my hometown making such a progressive step in public transportation options.
It’s nice to find a fellow southern transplant here in PGH every now and then.
Pierce! Details please–maybe a new thread?
I have been on the internet all day looking for this story and have found nothing. I’ve been watching the news also nothing. This is an important story we need to know more.
Yes!! Pierce, where did you hear this?? Just watched the news and heard nothing about it. Please give details.
1) today I saw another cyclist on my bus to work. He got on and off at the same stops I use, and pedaled up in the general direction of where I work. Unfortunately, I was without my bike today, due to cold-like symptoms on my part. Otherwise, I might’ve had some company for the ride up College Park drive. Regardless, it’s nice to see someone else going multi-modal and car-free despite dropping temperatures.
2) I recently rode Negley Ave from Ellsworth to Northumberland (including the hill that starts after crossing Fifth Ave). I did it after a long (for me) ride around town. Maybe I’m not such a terrible cyclist after all.
^ good milestones of different sorts!
Hope you feel better soon.
The pedestrian gate at Sandcastle has been left unchained. It’s usually closed to make it “look” locked. So shut the gate after you pass through. No need to hop the fence before 7AM and after 5 PM. Sure does speed up my commute
Had a nice ride to and from work today. Really everyone was nice and I ride at midnight on Friday, so you never know what you are going to deal with. Beautiful weather and really nice people, even the ones in pickup trucks, who love to show who is boss crap. Great times!
The David Bowie alleycat is tonight. Yay. Good weather expected also.
Well the holiday catalogs have started coming in. I’m starting to see a pattern. Anybody else seeing this?
Why is Vera Bradley riding a ghost bike? not cool, man. not cool…
Yep, thought of that, and that. Also considered that neither is wearing a helmet and that catalogs contribute to global deforestation and landfills. Don’t care, still like it.
I think I am jealous. The Delia’s cover model seems to have reached a level of cycling exhilaration/Nirvana I have rarely seen.
thats because the Delia’s model is on her way to get aerospokes.
or the magic mushrooms finally kicked into high gear.
Her joy strikes me as being of the “When Harry met Sally” “I’ll have what she’s having” variety.
Just got home from work. It was a nice crisp night and to be quite honest about a perfect ride home. Not many cars out and the idiots tend to stay indoors when it gets colder. Some people don’t like to ride in colder weather, but to be honest it is the best time to ride. Morons tend to not come out in cold. Great times. Enjoy all.
Saw a paragraph in USA
today (McNews!) that Talllahassee unveiled it’s first green bike boxes at intersections.
When will Pittsburgh see one?
In Pittsburgh drivers would consider them as new and fancy space to stop cars.
Excellent. (and I hope you’re enjoying FLA!)
I was intrigued at the details on the bottom of the poster and they’re really quite good.
“Welcome Cyclists” and they seem to mean it.
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