In most parts of the country, 911 is only for emergencies, and there’s a separate number for non-emergency police requests. Here, they’re combined. People from elsewhere often have the same view as your grandfather, not realizing that our 911 system is weird like that.
I had the opportunity to ride these lanes yesterday, going southbound from Stanton to Baum. A pleasant experience, though it was past 7:30 pm so no traffic.
A couple of observations:
I was stopped at a red light on Penn and a driver got behind me on the bike lane to turn right. This is a section that has double striping on the bike lane, and drivers are supposed to turn from the rightmost car lane. This is not a merge zone like you see on Liberty Ave, East Liberty Blvd, etc. So is this section going to be bollared or will it just have the double striping? If the latter, then expect these kinds of mergers to occur on a regular basis, at least for a few months.
As others have noted on various outlets, I encountered a line of parked cars between Friendship and Baum. This area also has “No parking” signs, and I don’t recall seeing any signs saying this only applied for a certain time of the day. I took the lane and that was that, but unless there’s enforcement or bollards, this will be a common sight. It reminds of the bike lane on 6th St downtown. Originally, I don’t think it was going to be bollared, but they had to put bollards in after a few months because of constant illegal parking.
I noticed today that the no parking signs are only in effect from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Mon-Fri. Northbound and from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mon-Fri Southbound. Why is this. What good is a bike lane that can only be used for two hours ever weekday and not at all on weekends? I hope these signs are old.
Also: at 6:31 PM today, I saw cars encroaching on the green bike box on East Liberty Blvd. on my way home from Oakland. From Forbes Ave. and Meyran Ave. I took Forbes Ave., Craig St., Bayard St., Amberson Ave., Ellsworth Ave. Negley Ave., Wellesley Ave. Mellon St., One Wild Pl., and Heths Run Bridge sidewalk and boarded the 75 bus on Baker St. at Butler St. by the gas station just to take me across the bridge. Also, the northbound bike lane was clear the whole way.