local news stories and LTE 2020
“The city’s 2020 capital budget allocates $17.7 million to make streets safe for all users, nearly triple the available funds of previous years. Contained within the “Complete Streets,” program, listed projects include installing pedestrian signals, traffic calming, bike infrastructure, and general streetscape improvements.
Over the next two years, Pittsburgh officials will partner with local nonprofits Bike Pittsburgh and Healthy Ride, who will be supported by Colorado-based nonprofit advocacy group People For Bikes, to design and build 60 miles of new and updated bike infrastructure.”
The eastern end of Forward Ave (near Walnut Towers) will be closed for four months starting next week. When this road is closed to cars, it becomes an excellent bicycle hill-climbing training road!
i remember seeing a article about making liberty avenue in the strip one lane in each direction and putting a safe bike lane there im guessing that project must off fell through to bad that road needs a way to slow down traffic
I have a feeling they may be waiting for the smallman street construction to complete before the road diet here, otherwise folks may try to detour through that site with a lot of active construction happening.
Thinking this could still happen this spring/summer.
The Geese Police (border collies) will continue to be used to scare away Canada geese along the North Shore trail, with 3 visits per day, or so, in the Spring. Cost to the city is $18,000. Has anybody seen them in action? I have not.
Is it working?
And they’re still going 50. I caught myself doing 35 between Amtrak and the light at 16th St. It’s what the road looks like it should be driven as. Even at that, I had drivers passing me on the right at 40+ as I lined up for the left onto 16th.
The Kenmawr Bridge, which carries Braddock Avenue across Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Rankin, will be under construction for the next two years. Traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge for much of the time. The old bridge is being replaced because the old one was falling apart (“the existing bridge has a 12-ton weight limit that prohibits trucks and buses from using it and the sidewalks have been closed since 2013”) and Norfolk Southern wants to run double-stacked trains on this line in the future. There is no plan to put a bike lane on the new bridge! But they’re widening the car lanes.
a speeding car slamed into the back of a stoped 86 liberty bus on liberty avenue last night in the strip
The last time I cycled to work all year long through winter was during the polar vortex in 2014, about 16 miles round trip. I have a coworker in his late 40’s who does 35 miles round trip every day. You can do it. I think it’s a good mental and physical exercise to get comfortable with discomfort.
Fatality at a ghost bike location. Meyran and Louisa.
of course the Trib article is scant on details, and it isn’t a bicycle, but if you know this corner, one has to wonder how anything bad can happen provided people follow the rules.
I pass through there half a dozen times a week. There’s confusion about who goes first and such. There shouldn’t be, but there is.
Lots of double thinking “Oh. No cars, I’ll go through. WAIT! There’s that pedestrian.” “I’ll go. I’ll wait for that guy. He’s waiting for me.”
City of Pittsburgh is purchasing CSX railroad land between 24th St and 33rd St in the Strip to extend the Strip District Trail along the Allegheny River. Yay! It will take 3+ years.
<p class=”pgevoke-story-bottomarea-headline”>Taxing problem: Less traffic will drive down road repair money next year for PennDOT, municipalities</p>
This article would have been more informative and accurate if the author had mentioned that about half of all funding for roads comes from general tax revenue. This revenue will be down as well due to the business shutdowns and such, but this article reinforces the myth that roads are funded solely by user fees/taxes.
About Fred Zelt and the Social Distance Cycling Club:
Post Gazette Thursday, 6/11 quote from Dr. John Williams of UPMC regarding opening up to green phase- “The approach is always to find the reasonable risk. If all cars were banned, car crashes wouldn’t exist, but neither would civilization.”
Glad to know that Benz unveiled civilization in 1885.
The Bike+ Plan got an article in on Triblive. So far, lots of bikelash comments
“Pittsburgh plans to add 120 miles of bike lanes, trails over next 10 years”
Ghost bike in Cranberry stolen
Did David Lohr, the man who killed Aleksander Teimouri, ever go to trial for his actions? The most recent information I can find, when a charge of criminal homicide was dropped, is from January 0f 2019.
There’s his docket sheet. I don’t know what the hell is going on looking at that. It was in awaiting pre-trail from August 19, and is “Awaiting call on the list” whatever that means. Maybe if somebody is a lawyer on this forum. Seems very drawn out.
edit – Jury selection was in may of this year, so a trial may be getting close.
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