Local news stories & LTE 2016
From the Trib’s coverage:
“A mass of bicyclists and joggers closed the roads and jammed the sidewalks Sunday, but residents and business owners in Pittsburgh’s North Side didn’t seem to mind. ”
Bleh. No push polling here.
Sweet story on WESA about The Children’s Institute Amazing Bike Camp (for children with disabilities):
PAT bus collides with an SUV. SUV driver flees:
Why is this bicycle-related? See photos
Man, if those were my rigs on the front of that PAT bus, I would be pissssssssed.
About Attila Domos’s attempt for the world record in handcycling Saturday at the Bud Harris cycletrack:
He’s requesting donations in support. See http://attiladomos.com
GTECH bike tour of Hilltop will visit reclaimed vacant lots in neighborhoods
GTECH’s fifth annual fundraising bike tour and post-ride celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 9 a.m. at the Beltzhoover Community Center at 403 Gearing Ave ., Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
The day will kick off with a bike tour highlighting GTECH’s vacant lot reclamation sites throughout the Hilltop neighborhoods. The tour will be cruising through Hilltop communities where GTECH has been working with residents and community groups for the past two years to turn vacant lots into community assets by helping to build gardens, parklets and playspaces.
The bike tour will be followed by a pop-up party with food trucks and lawn games from Noon – 2:00 PM at the Garden on Gearing at 403 Gearing Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. $15. http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2016/08/16/front-page/gtech-bike-tour-of-hilltop-will-visit-reclaimed-vacant-lots-in-neighborhoods/16946.html
Get those cyclist off Emerald Park trails!
While there is probably some truth about his complaints about speed and lack of courtesy from some cyclists, his later complaint about it being too dangerous to walk on the river trails makes him lose credibility. And then to follow with a veiled threat to leave the city, as if he’s not going to encounter those pesky cyclists on trails in suburbia…
I ride the emerald view trails, there are very few people actually on them. It’s likely that I will see less than 5 people if I traverse the entire trail system on a weekday evening in the summer. Even fewer in the winter.
It’s not you’re easy rail trail riding, it’s mountain biking, and not flowy, fast mountain bike trail stuff, it’s got steep climbs that are more painful than fun at points. They were not purpose built for bikes, but they ride fine if you’re a moderately skilled mountain biker.
Never had any bad interactions with other trail users here. Always said hi and went on my way. Thanked some folks who were cutting out some logs that had fallen on the trail.
Why don’t mountain bikers help maintain these trails? Well, Landforce, with the blessing of Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC), does this, providing job opportunities to people with barriers to employment. http://www.landforcepgh.org/hire-landforce/past-projects/emerald-view-park/
@benzo, maybe you should comment on the PG story. Seems like you have some useful info to add.
The Trib profiles the upcoming BikeFest:
I added a comment to the Trib article talking up the Try-a-Bike Jamboree, and they pulled it down within an hour.
This is what I posted on the second go-around. If there is something amiss in what I’m saying here, I’d sure like to know what it is.
Second attempt at a comment: One of the official events for BikeFest, one that is in at least its fourth year, is the Try-A-Bike Jamboree. In this event, free and open to the public, anyone can try out bikes of widely varying design — from adult tricycles to recumbents to electric bikes to unicycles, and lots of things that do not categorize well. It is Sunday from 10 to 3 at the Highland Park oval, next to the police station on Washington Blvd. This is not a commercial event — people with odd bikes simply bring them, and you can try any one you want, with lots of explanation and help.
Perhaps “adult tricycles”? Not to mention “recumbents”. Thank goodness no child was exposed to such filth!
I see the following problems:
- “oval” should be “Oval”
- “widely varying design” and “things that do not categorize well” are perhaps incompatible with Tribune content guidelines.
- the event is within Pittsburgh city limits. The Tribune (despite its name) is a Greensburg paper. So this is not a local event that they have to publicize.
- And anyway, they don’t see you on their subscriber rolls.
You could always call up the letters editor and ask. But the explanation is likely to be “Oh yeah, the intern did that. Darn kids… Anyway, they’re back to school and life moves on. Better luck next time.”
Newspapers are not a public medium, they’re just happen to be widely available. And they have absolute right to decide what they publish. All we have, really, is this mb. And even here bikepgh gets the final say…
The City adds bits and pieces of 41 streets to this year’s paving list, totalling 3.7 miles of additional work to be done across the city, thanks to lower-than-budgeted costs on the initial batch. Unfortunately, they’ve also pushed back the desperately needed repaving of North Neville and Centre Ave in North Oakland to next year, “in order to coordinate with utility work planned by Peoples Natural Gas” and “a planned infrastructure replacement project planned by PWSA”, respectively.
Millvale Ave between Liberty and the Busway, Fifth Avenue between Craft and the Birmingham Bridge, and Highland just north of Penn are some of the biggest moonscapes I’ll look forward to no longer having to rattle through, but it’s also interesting to note the warren of tiny alleys at the east end of Shadyside, between Denniston Ave and the cut-through to Bakery Square II, are also all on the map for this fall: https://pap.accela.com/envista-public-web/index/Pittsburgh?status=%22Planned%22&dates=%5B%222016%22%5D&dateFormat=YEAR_ONLY
Interesting. Middle chunk of Stanton, too; that’s nice.
I don’t think anyone here will care, but I can say that they’ve already milled Murdoch.
This story on flash flood problems brought out the bike lane haters, in the comments: Washington Boulevard floodgates uninspected for 3 years. Floodgate malfunctions persist on Washington Blvd. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/08/29/Pittsburgh-looking-into-malfunctioning-flood-gates-in-city-s-East-End/stories/201608290142
PG story on today’s W Carson crash has some…interesting phrasing (hed: “Car, bicyclist collide”… lede: “A car collided with a bicyclist this afternoon, leaving him in critical condition, officials said….”), but comments are off to a good start (n=2 at this moment…): http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/08/30/Car-bicyclist-collide-on-W-Carson-Street/stories/201608300170
In the National Bike Challenge 2016, 12 Duquesne cyclists pedaled their way to rank 29 out of 201 universities nationwide. Pitt cyclists brought the Panthers to the no. 43 spot, and their neighbor, Carnegie Mellon, ranked 4th in the country.
Officer: Hempfield bicyclist violated his bond
Prosecutors are again seeking to revoke the bond of a Hempfield bicyclist who is fighting police allegations that he obstructed traffic and threatened motorists.
A South Greensburg police officer said he saw David Smith, 57, riding a bicycle on the Five Star Trail on Sunday, which would be in violation of his bond conditions, according to a motion filed in Westmoreland County court.
A hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday before Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio.
Smith is awaiting trial in eight criminal cases of slowing traffic since 2012 by riding his bicycle in the middle of roads in such a way that motorists couldn’t pass him. His recognizance bond was revoked in July 2015, and Smith was taken to the Westmoreland County Prison four days after a judge warned him to not ride his bicycle.
Smith opted to remain behind bars even after another judge in October permitted his release but forbade him to ride a bicycle. He posted bond in February and was released on the condition that he not ride a bicycle while awaiting trial.
Smith’s attorney did not return a phone message left Friday morning.
Tuesday’s hearing will be the second time prosecutors have sought to revoke Smith’s bond since February on allegations that he violated the terms of his release. During a hearing in April, two people offered conflicting testimony about Smith’s whereabouts Feb. 27, when he allegedly was seen riding a bike on Shady Lane, just outside South Greensburg in Hempfield.
Bilik-DeFazio gave Smith a warning about riding his bicycle and allowed him to remain free.
Now, she will be asked again to decide Assistant District Attorney Anthony Iannamorelli’s motion for revocation.
South Greensburg Officer John Swartz said he saw Smith riding a bicycle on South Main Street in Southwest Greensburg about 1 p.m. Sunday and on the Five Star Trail, according to the motion.
Smith has contended that he has followed standard rules of the road regarding bicycle traffic and that motorists and police are in error in interpreting his behavior on roadways.
He is charged in a separate case with taking a rock into a district judge’s office, threatening the staff and displaying several knives in April 2015 before riding off on his bicycle.
WSJ interview of Mayor Peduto about Uber cars
City Paper covers last week’s Forbes Ave design meeting: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/penndot-is-urged-to-provide-safer-passage-for-cyclists-in-road-projects/Content?oid=1949415
Featuring Dan Cessna whining “We aren’t ‘tone-deaf’—we’re totes willing to go back & fix design errors…”
…that they’d never’ve made if they bothered to listen in the first place…
A few recent items:
PG story on the Dennis Flanagan ride:
Story on Danny Chew’s condition and future of the DD:
LTE in the Trib from North Huntingdon man, using the same, tired anti-cyclist arguments (haven’t had one of these in a while)
Pittsburgh City Paper on the meeting with PennDOT on Forbes:
Tired, anti-cycling comments must be responded to. Like a broken record.
Another good article “Pittsburgh cycling fatality highlights life-and-death struggle for road space in America”
The Trib letter that chrishent linked could be paraphrased like this: cyclists break laws all the time; cyclists want bike lanes but instead we should impose licensing, insurance, and law enforcement on them. But this will never happen because of liberal political correctness.
This sort of resentment and sense of victimization seems very popular in recent years.
Trib update on delays on Switchback and GAP-to-Point bike lanes: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/11102496-74/trail-park-project
Irony vs. tar and chips: http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/11102605-74/roads-cost-cyclists
Cycling group Black Girls Do Bike may have started in Pittsburgh, but it’s beginning to catch on nationwide
It was a surreal experience. Atop her Specialized Dolce comfort road bike, Monica Garrison surveyed the scene at the first national meet-up of the organization she founded, Black Girls Do Bike. More than 300 women convened in Atlanta this past June to ride together during three days of cycling events. They also raised more than $21,000 for diabetes research.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald bikes to Washington D.C.
Good for Fitz! And now that he’s accomplished this, we need to get him to try riding on the roads a little. Maybe commuting once a month or so.
The Boston Globe wrote about the “new urbanism” Vivien Li is bringing to Pittsburgh, as director of Riverlife. Before she came to Pittsburgh, Li worked on redevelopment of Boston’s waterfront. https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/09/08/pittsburgh-vivien-gets-second-shot-waterfront/PNDjTO9LZTtQHtD8gB20PJ/story.html
Pro-pedestrian safety in Oakland: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/09/15/Makes-changes-in-Oakland-so-that-pedestrians-are-safer/stories/201609150102
Trib story about the Liberty Bridge got Paul and I to comment. Mine doesn’t mention bikes, though his does. Then some other people do. Mine is about the Wabash Tunnel.
State to spend over a million dollars rebuilding a couple toll plazas on Turnpike 66 near Greensburg so a company can get its oversized trucks through to its plant in Jeannette: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/11149798-74/turnpike-bypass-hutchinson
The Pittsburgh hacker, now with Uber security, who got famous taking over the controls of a Jeep
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