Local news stories & LTE 2016
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Broken handcycle sets back paralyzed cyclist in world record hunt
To benefit the Challenged Athlete Foundation and the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers wheelchair basketball team, Domos will try to handcycle 350 miles or more in 24 hours at Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park
…instead, he’s attempting to raise the $9,000 for one via a gofundme.com page (www.gofundme.com/attiladomos).
I met Attila while biking on Beechwood Blvd a few weeks ago. He’s fast.
There was a fire closing the last gas station in Confluence
Allstate has once again ranked Pittsburgh’s drivers among the worst (most “likely to experience collisions”) in the country: https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/americas-best-drivers.aspx via http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/06/28/report-says-pittsburgh-has-some-of-the-worst-drivers-in-the-u-s/
Related: Edgewood woman killed in hit-and-run “accident” near the GetGo on Baum & Morewood, 230am Saturday night: http://www.wtae.com/news/woman-in-critical-condition-after-being-struck-by-vehicle/40231228
Trib says her death has been “ruled an accident”; police thus far have refused to release any information on the vehicle: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/10707839-74/vehicle-according-died
If you bike through Wilkinsburg you may know the kind, friendly crossing guard (Richard Cruise) near the Kelly School. He died recently. There’s a notice at the street corner where he would stand. The viewing is 9-11 am July 2 at Shiloh Baptist Church, and the funeral is directly afterwards.
$600k grant to improve transportation in Beechview, including biking.
WTAE: City hopes to make tackling Pittsburgh steps easier for cyclists
Also just posted that in a recent steps/runnels thread.
I know you guys have opinions on this: a survey on what to do with Heth’s run next to the zoo
Speaking of things I’m sure just about everyone here has opinions on, Friends of the Riverfront wants your “help [to] make our website more user friendly”: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFH6SYN
The most dangerous intersections in Allegheny County.
My take on the matter: Each of the places mentioned is known for its high ambient traffic speeds.
Biketek the latest bike shop broken into, about 330am Tuesday night: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/06/break-in-at-squirrel-hill-bike-shop-under-investigation/
Re: most dangerous intersections in Allegheny County… my daily commute takes me through the West End Circle. Just a week or two ago I witnessed two cars, one in the morning and one the evening, blow through solid red lights at speed. They were both approaching the WEC from the east, headed west. And these weren’t cars that were trying to beat the light, it was a solid red. Given that I cross the street at that spot every day, it spooked me.
I do agree that the biggest culprit is probably the hellaciously confusing signage and lane markings. The intersection that I was just speaking about, approaching from downtown and headed west, is certainly the worst. The rightmost lane is exclusively for turning onto the West End Bridge, but hardly anyone treats it as such. PAT buses especially. The left lane spits you out into three different lanes, and it’s not at all obvious which one you need to be in. It’s an intersection that’s just screaming for some painted lane markings in addition to overhead signs.
Re: Heth’s Run: If they put a paved trail through that valley to Hampton Street, I think it would immediately become the preferred way to get from the Allegheny valley to almost anywhere in the eastern Pittsburgh city limits. It looks like it would be a much more gradual climb than One Wild Place, and surely would beat climbing up over Morningside/Stanton Heights, or braving Washington Blvd. Even more so if the Negley Ave. bike lane came up to meet it.
It would be even more awesome if we had bike lanes on butler street to connect lawrenceville to heths run and one wild place. It would make that an even better connection.
Pro bike stuff in this about making Pittsburgh a start-up hub: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/07/10/How-to-make-Pittsburgh-a-startup-hub/stories/201604240022
Police on bicycles now patrolling Cranberry
Sgt. Bill Ahlgren said four members of the department, including himself, volunteered to be part of the patrol and underwent four days of instruction and hands-on training to obtain certification from the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
Pedestrian friendly signals in works in Brentwood
Crews last week began work behind the scenes to upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersection that will include adding LED traffic lights, new LED pedestrian countdown signals and push buttons and adding handicap accessible sidewalks.
The story of the woman killed on a motorcycle on the Liberty Bridge last night, while not directly bicycle related, has an uncanny similarity to Susan Hicks’s death in October.
From what I gather, she was in stop-and-go traffic on the bridge, southbound. She stopped; the guy behind her didn’t; she got crushed between cars. If anyone else gets a different take on it, please chime in here. (Of course, the car that hit Susan was pushed into her by a third car, but that aspect aside, the situations are similar.)
Only a week or so ago, I motorcycled across the Liberty Bridge at night and got stuck in stop-and-go traffic. If the guy behind you is already stopped, great, but if not, you’re pretty much a sitting duck, hoping the next driver to come along sees not only that traffic is stopped, but also sees that the last vehicle in line is not a car and so needs to stop at least 10 feet farther back.
She was an off-duty cop, fwiw, so presumably knew how to ride responsibly, moreso than the average motorcyclist (of either gender).
Oops, I just double posted on the “cyclist killed…” thread. Sorry. But I agree Stu, it’s shameful. Goddamn drivers need to take the activity deadly seriously. Shameful.
Apparently, @SquirrelHillMag is unfamiliar with Ghost bikes.
North Carolina man succumbs to injuries from bicycle accident
^how very sad.
They don’t give much detail; I wounder what happened to cause him to crash (pot hole, etc.).
My sympathy to his family,
According to the posters at South Side Secrets group on Facebooks, the transient youth that are currently living along the South Side trail are becoming aggressive towards other trail users. Be aware of your your surroundings and we’re asked to call police if you see anything suspicious.
As more pedal, bicyclists’ injuries on rise on Pittsburgh streets
Is there any point in joining the shitshow of comments on that Trib article? Exactly the same comments both directions as on bike stories going back five years or more. The only thing possibly worth noting is the names of the haters.
Nobody will change their minds until and unless motorists actually have to sign their names to knowing the traffic laws. Everyone from the ignorant Joe Yinzer to magistrates and police chiefs and street level cops.
The fix, as ever, is in Harrisburg.
WESA’s Liz Reid is looking for folks who’d like to talk about the Orthopod bulletin board: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-697-2946
Kudos to Beth Beech for noticing the tweet.
And here’s the article:
Read about efforts to honor cyclists killed or injured on the road and the meaning of the beautiful "ghost bikes": https://t.co/3KO1CXy3Tu
— SHUC (@SquirrelHillMag) July 27, 2016
“Ghost Bikes” Honor Cyclists with Beautiful Memorials
Two items today:
On the final OpenStreets, which will have a new route\
“Mixed reviews” for the South Park Corrigan Dr. bike lanes
Wow. This is actually going to happen. They’re going to build a deck over the crosstown boulevard.
What I think is the first LTE about cycling infrastructure in ages, a complaint about the South Park bike lanes:
Twist: this one comes from a cyclist
Also, both local papers on yesterday’s OpenStreetsPGH:
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