Local news stories & LTE 2016
That is kind of amazing about Fitzgerald. Having seen him in person, I would have suggested he have an AED device handy at all times for the trip. Excellent write-up V, thanks! I had no idea you serve in that capacity.
The ACE has EIGHT kids.
I figure between the making of all 8 and running after them, he’s gotten a LOT of cardio in over the years and his heart can handle a GAP trip.
Oh, and here’s a piece CityPaper did on his trip:
having met ACE Fitzgerald a couple times myself, I didn’t think he was in any worse shape than a great many people i know who bike or otherwise exercise regularly, though I’m no doctor… Unlike, say, Mayor Peduto, I’ve seen him at just about every Open Streets event, even last year’s June downpour.
The Trib on upcoming bike infrastructure projects for the GAP to PSP downtown route, and East St:
Gotta love that they really wanted to highlight the $800k that the city will spend on this. Expect a lot of angry comments f4om the concerned citizens of Greensburg and Wexford
What really bugs me about that article is the “businesses and motorists complain that the bike lanes cause congestion and are underused” bit, contrasted with the supposed bicyclists’ response of “yeah but we like them.”
Nooooo, no no. How about the actual data showing that the bike lanes are far from underused? How about some actual analysis as to whether the bike lanes cause congestion (I would bet my life that they do not).
@RustyRed – The making of eight kids is how his wife managed the trip on so little training. Him, not so much.
Still, for an elected public official to put his muscles where his mouth is regarding cycling, really, hats off to the guy.
Yeah, the writer failed to mention that the money is mostly coming from a federal grant, not from city coffers.
Also, I sent him to the PDP site that has the day by day breakdown of how many people are using the Penn Ave lanes, but guess he chose not to use it
But overall i thought the article came out positive. I was a bit taken aback by the headline too, but the writers don’t write the headlines.
$800K is about the same cost as four traffic lights
The PG bike lane article just popped up on my FB, the usual ignorant comments. Warming up the electron gun… :D
Instead of completing the GAP, why not just install a nice sign?
Prominent article in PG’s Forum section by Brian Bell (brother of Art Bell killed on R51 last year)
Waiting to see the cherry tree
When will we learn that bikes and cars don’t mix on high-speed roads?
DYK we don’t pay for the roads? http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/11141295-74/riding-road-area
As discussed earlier here, I think there is more to this story than how he was riding. Still, I hope if the traffic charges are decided on law & not his temperament.
Hempfield bicyclist’s case will go to trial
A Westmoreland County judge rejected a defense request to dismiss one of eight cases involving a Hempfield man who is in jail awaiting trial on accusations of obstructing traffic on county roadways while riding his bicycle.
Smith, 57, was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing traffic and other offenses for an incident on April 9, 2015. He is accused of endangering motorists as he rode his bicycle on Route 993 by traveling slower than the speed limit and preventing drivers from passing on a winding road.
Two cents added:
Does nobody here actually know traffic law? A pedalcycle may fully use the right lane of a road for which there is more than one lane in that direction. Want to go faster? Use the passing lane. On a two-lane road, a pedalcycle may still occupy the entire lane, is not obligated to move to the shoulder, and is not considered obstructing. You may legally cross the center yellow line to pass a pedalcycle if it is visibly safe to do so. Look them up yourself if you don’t believe me: 75-3301c1, 75-3301c2, 75-3301a6.
What we really need is to require every driver to re-take the written test every four years, just to make sure you still know what the rules are. How many years ago did you take _your_ exam?
An error in your statement is that motor vehicle operators care what the rules are…
Via the PG, city council approves GAP to Point bike lanes. The article does indicate that $600k for it comes from a federal grant:
Yinz sharpen your pencils if you venture into the comments section.
Coverage(?) of the Pgh Underwear ride from the Harrisburg paper
Rain doesn’t dampen fun atmosphere at Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride
Kudos to Stephanie, the Pittsburgh Cyclist:
The PG on the upcoming traffic changes to the Allegheny Center area:
Proposal includes two-way traffic, bike lanes, improved sidewalks, connecting East and West Ohio Streets, among other things.
The entire Allegheny Center loop is about a mile long, so not having to bike 3/4 of the way around it to get where you want to go (with the only alternatives being to ride the sidewalks or the bumpy park paths with pedestrians) will be a big time-saver for riding in the Northside.
+1 to allegheny center changes. Hope they can shoehorn some good bike infrastructure in to the space that is there and make sensible traffic patterns that don’t resemble a highway. Would very much appreciate a direct route through the center.
Would appreciate easy bike access through the center, but if cars need to get through there, it should be neither easy nor fast. Go around the existing square, one way or another, if you want to get from East Ohio to West Ohio, and v/v.
Car access I can support (e.g., drop granny and the kids in front of the Children’s museum). Being able to fly through there 30+ mph, nuh-uh.
Kudos to Stephanie, the Pittsburgh Cyclist:
Wins the multi-modal transportation kindness prize.
Pittsburgh to launch new mobility and infrastructure department in 2017
Downtown study to center on Liberty Avenue traffic
Mr. D’Andrea said Baltimore-based Whitman, Requardt & Associates will handle the study component. Federal money will cover roughly 80 percent of the total project costs, with the city to pick up the rest, Mr. Hassett estimated. Total expenses should not exceed $929,306, according to a City Council resolution.
Almost $1MILLION on just a study?! Boy I hope the reporter got that wrong and it’s really the study plus changes like line painting, new signals, etc.
It’s disappointing to see that the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is making the same mistake as PennDOT. They’re fixated on traffic flow. The goal as stated: “The objective is to optimize the operation for all users”.
They still haven’t figured out that efficient traffic flow or traffic optimization is only one of the goals in street design. Other goals include safety and construction of a desirable environment. And this is precisely why PennDOT continues to ruin city neighborhoods. They don’t understand that constructing a livable urban environment is the primary goal, not moving the maximum number of vehicles with disregard to what it does to people who live, work, shop, eat and exercise on the street. Traffic optimization is only one aspect of a livable city.
It’s good that they’re studying intersections. But it seems that they’re starting with a premise that will lead to poor decisions being made. Personally, i’d like the goal of the study to be slowing down vehicles. That’s likely the exact opposite of what they’re trying to achieve.
Pittsburgh wins $10M in federal transportation grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced $10.9 million in grants to boost infrastructure in Pittsburgh.
Details weren’t immediately available from Sen. Bob Casey’s office, which announced the grants Friday morning, but a statement said the funding will support “critical transportation and infrastructure projects” in Pittsburgh.
A city spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for more information on the grants, which are part of the DOT’s Fixing America Surface Transportation Act, also known as the Fast Act.
“This grant will allow the city to focus on cutting edge transportation technology to provide access, reliability, and safety to the citizens of Southwestern Pennsylvania,” Casey said in the statement.
Sounds like it’s for Surtac:
“This grant is an opportunity to deploy an adaptive signal network through our neighborhoods and job centers. The deployment of new technology will help pedestrians, bikers, drivers, and transit riders navigate our roads more safely and efficiently,” the mayor said.
NextPittsburgh (the news source unrelated to the Mayor’s Office communications strategy of the same name) has a bit more info on the upcoming expansion of the Carnegie Science Center:
The riverfront will be completely redone from designs by landscape architects LaQuatra Bonci. Trails and ramps will be brought up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards and new seating areas will be added. The first-floor terrace will extend from the cafeteria toward the river trail and provide an amenity for trail riders to stop for a break, and access restrooms as well as food and drink.
The article concludes by noting that “core exhibits will remain open during construction, which is expected to be completed by Spring 2018”, but it’s unclear whether the trail will as well.
Partnership program scaring pedestrians into being safe
Because, you know, pedestrians aren’t scared enough of drivers flouting traffic laws and never being punished. I wonder if they’ll try scaring cyclists next.
Bicycle Heaven made Condé Nast “Traveler”
From yesterday, the Birmingham bridge outbound lanes have reopened. Per the article, this also reopens the bike lanes on both sides of the bridge:
From a couple of weeks ago, the Centre Ave bridge in Emsworth (which goes over Camp Horne Rd) will close for reconstruction late 2016/early 2017 for a full year. This bridge is part of a popular cycling route when heading northwest of the city:
The detour for this closure will be to use PA65. Ugh.
Dom Costa announces $865K from PennDOT Multimodal Fund to…add a turning lane? oh, yeah, and add a sidewalk on Siebert Road, Ross Twp:
I used to live up there–and don’t recall much demand for walking–though maybe a sidewalk will promote it–we’d drive to North Park. Does that mean there are plans to put sidewalks on McKnight and Babcock?
At least the sidewalk may allow the kids to safely bike from the cul de sacs out to Babcock and McKnight and play in real traffic.
I think Stu could provide some insight on the McNight Road process.
Blindsided, tbh. I’ve been on the Walk//Bike Ross committee for 19 months, never missed a meeting, and this was never on the radar. Our committee has been working to get sidewalks put in around Ross, particularly on McKnight. To our credit, we will soon see a sidewalk along Browns Lane, and the McDonalds on the northbound side added a sidewalk. But the PennDOT thing is totally out of left field, much as the bike lane up to the 40th St Bridge happened without so much as a phone call to anyone in Millvale or Bike-Pgh.
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Allegheny County and city get $6M in funds from Pa. for street upgrades
In East Liberty, grant funds will be used for the Spirit Street Shared Access Infrastructure, which will install street, sidewalk, bike and streetscape infrastructure on the road that passes through the transit center. Spirit Street runs from Penn Avenue to South Highland Avenue.
This is a nice statement buried in an article about Kittanning:
Mr. Rizzo, a member of the zoning board who works in digital marketing for Direct Energy, thinks Kittanning’s size and location are calling out to entrepreneurs looking for cheap space, chefs looking to own a market — at least until other chefs arrive — and for artists and other creative people to own a studio and a home, with access to a trail that could run to Pittsburgh.
It will run to Pittsburgh, Mr. Rizzo says. It is a matter of time and activism.
“It is 46 miles from the Point to here,” Mr. Rizzo said. “Every 50 miles in the trail system to D.C., there is economic activity because 50 miles is a good stopping point. We have gaps in the trail and we have a meeting on the 18th [Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex Building] to talk about how to fill the gaps. We have a new set of commissioners [of Armstrong County] who are really good, and they’re talking about trails.”
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