Dan Sullivan 
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Re: “Studies show bike lanes can reduce congestion, contrary to Pittsburgh residents' criticism

Bike lanes create hazards. The most dangerous bike lane of all is the downhill lane on Liberty Avenue. Cyclists can easily maintain the 35 mph speed limit going down that hill, and the bike lane puts them squarely in the door zone. 35 mph is about how fast you would be going if you fell off a three-story building, and hitting a just-opened door at that speed can be deadly.

What's worse, if you swerve to miss the door and it hits your right handlebar, it will throw you under the wheels of cars in the traffic lane.

Other bike lanes are dangerous as well. The bike lane on East Liberty Boulevard has intersections where cars turn right from the left lane across the paths of bikes going straight in the right lane.

Beyond that, bicycles are more visible when they are in the traffic lane than when they are off to the right. They are more visible to cars crossing from the left and from the right, as well as oncoming cars wanting to turn left and even cars overtaking from behind.

If you are in the traffic lane, you can always slide over when it is safe to let cars pass. But when you are off to the right on a bike lane, your only maneuver option is to the left, into traffic. You are more vulnerable to pedestrians stepping out from between cars, to car doors, and even to debris, which tends to accumulate in bike lanes. All this is explained in the "Street Smarts" section of the PennDOT Bicycle Drivers Manual.

Bike lane advocacy is based on people wanting to look like they are helping cyclists, but they are really endangering us.

The only major cycling organization that really understands what safe cycling is all about is Cycling Savvy. They teach courses on bicycle safety, and people who take their courses understand just how dangerous bike lanes can be.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 01/09/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “While the spirit of the message may be there, the #Never movement is maddeningly misused on incumbents

I find myself having to choose between a fairly honest and ethical right-wing extremist and a corrupt corporate hack from the Rendell/Clinton machine.

If only the DFC hadn't inappropriately spent money attacking Sestak in the primary, I wouldn't be facing this choice. I used to be a fundraiser for the DFC, and they told everyone the money would be used against Republicans in key races.

The National Democratic Party has become a den of thieves. I don't know if I can vote for Toomey, but I absolutely can't vote for that fracker McGinty.

#NeverMcGinty

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 08/27/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Affordable-housing advocates to boycott Pittsburgh’s Whole Foods

Way back in 1910, smoky sooty Pittsburgh was the second most expensive city in the country, after New York. Then, in 1913, it adopted a land value tax and gradually became more and more affordable, until it was ranked the most affordable of the 100 largest cities (Places Rated Almanac, 1984.) It also had the smallest housing bubbles and didn't even see a real estate crash during the Great Depression.

But in 2000, after the county sabotaged land assessments and the city had to scrap its land value tax, Pittsburgh is now having its first housing bubble in nearly a century, and it's going to be a deusy.

The problem is that people don't deal with underlying economic dynamics. They just like to emote on behalf of victims so the victims will be grateful to them, even though they are not actually solving anything.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 08/27/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Parking Problems: Will more permits ease the South Side residents' parking woes?

Their third care takes up the same amount of space. If there still aren't enough spaces, then everyone should pay more.

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 07/09/2016 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Uber just celebrated its second anniversary in Pittsburgh, but drivers say working for the company is no party

Most self-employed contractors are still working for others. Everyone who gets money for anything is working for others. Yellow Cab was ripping off the public royally.

Also, the fault lies with the PUC, which should allow any law-abiding company to offer taxi service, just as it allows any law-abiding person with a driver's license to operate a taxi. The worst thing about Uber is that it attempts to pull up the gangplank as soon as it is safely on board.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 02/24/2016 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Cyclists wonder why Pittsburgh streets and sidewalks were plowed, but bike lanes went untouched

Bike lanes are the worst thing to happen to bicycle safety. They often put cyclists in the most dangerous parts of the road, where they are less visible to cross traffic, to oncoming traffic making a left turn, to people opening doors of parked cars, and even to traffic approaching from behind.

For a detailed explanation of how counter-productive bike lanes are to cycling safety, check out http://cyclingsavvy.org/ or check out the PennDOT Bicycle Drivers Manual, which explains why the most dangerous positions in which cyclists can ride are where bike lanes usually place them.

Meanwhile, the pictured bike lane runs contrary to the flow of traffic, and also makes it hazardous for one cyclist to pass another, due to the posts dividing inbound and outbound lanes. This is about cycling clubs trying to look like they are doing something helpful instead of actually improving safety.

Note also that none of the city plows can fit in the pictured bike lane. It essentially requires using a sidewalk snow blower to do what used to be done by a standard street snowplow.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 02/06/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Residents line up to view the completed tiny house in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood

The big increase in housing costs isn't the houses; it's the land. In 2005, the median house price in the city was 2.44 years of median income. Today it's 3.56 years, largely because we lost the land value tax and real estate speculators swarmed in.

It could be worse, though. In California, it ranges from over 5 years (Bakersfield) to nearly 13 years (San Fransisco). Before they curtailed their property taxes, their housing affordability index was only 10% higher than the national average.

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Posted by Dan Sullivan on 02/06/2016 at 9:13 PM

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