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Re: “Pittsburgh wants your input on its new bike master plan

Pittsburghs bike trails and bike lanes are great as far as they go, but many more connections are needed to make a complete network. Did you ever try to bike from Squirrel Hill to the Strip, for example? I do it, but its not yet safe or easy enough that Id take a kid on that ride. All neighborhoods should be kid-safe for biking.

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 11/13/2018 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Hazelwood residents march for better pedestrian access out of their neighborhood

Yes, the road built through Hazelwood Green should be opened to the public! During a tour of the Almono site coordinated by Rebecca Flora in July 2017, our group was told that a canopy would be built and the road would open in December 2017. Should we believe the "early 2019" promise? Is CSX holding things up?

Posted by Paul Heckbert on 08/28/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Best of PGH 2018 finalists: Best Bakery

Prantl's & Oakmont - overrated. I vote for Gourmandine.

Posted by Paul Heckbert on 07/30/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “New Commutes: Analyzing the changing ways Pittsburghers get to work

Some people do a combination: drive most of the way, then walk a few blocks; or drive most of the way, then bike a mile.

Posted by Paul Heckbert on 02/01/2018 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Allegheny County has the most car crashes of any county in Pennsylvania

Study seems flawed in several ways: its county-to-county comparisons aren't normalizing by the difference in population. When comparing counties, you should use crash rate (crash count divided by population), not raw crash count.

Also, when comparing one intersection to another to rank dangerousness, shouldn't we be normalizing by the number of cars going through the intersection?

See further discussion at…

Posted by Paul Heckbert on 12/08/2017 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Darlene Harris is a menace to the public. She should lose her driver's license and her seat on city council.

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 10/07/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Darlene Harris behaved here like an impatient hothead: honking at a cyclist who was preventing her from driving at twice the speed limit, then telling him to get in the [nonexistent] bike lane. Why would we elect someone this ignorant and self-centered to be mayor?

About the idea of licensing bicycles: It makes sense to require registration, insurance, and licensing for CARS, since they can kill others. But bicycles don't kill others, so licensing them is unnecessary. Also, bicycling is good for health, environment, and frugality, while driving a car often is not. Some people bike to work occasionally to address obesity and diabetes. As a society, we should promote cycling over driving. We shouldnt be penalizing cyclists. Registration, insurance, and licensing of bicycles would be unwise because it would discourage cycling.

Here's an article Why Bicycle Licensing Almost Never Works, in synopsis:
Toronto tried mandatory bicycle licensing and abandoned it, concluding that it teaches kids to break the law.
Ottawa estimated it would cost $100,000 a year but bring in only $40,000/yr in revenue.
Long Beach tried bicycle licensing but they lost money on it.
Seattle found the maintenance and record-keeping to be a problem.
Medford tried it and found it unenforceable.
San Jose has bike licensing laws, but its fallen into disuse: only 9 licenses were issued one year.
San Diego has earned no revenue from bicycle licensing for the last three years.
Houston has a law, but only 100 bicycles are registered, total.
Los Angeles loses money on their bike licensing, and the law is not enforced.
Honolulu has a bike license law, and it makes money, but that may be because Oahu is an island.…

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Posted by Paul Heckbert on 04/22/2017 at 10:10 PM

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