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Mary commented on Winter in Pittsburgh

Absolutely not. Millions of dollars have already been spent on bike trails where the bikes belong. The existing bike lanes n our roads are dangerous and due to weather can only be used five months of the year. Bikes need to be licensed. I have almost been hit by bikes on a walking trail several times and in downtown while walking across a street when I had the cross walk light giving me the right of way.

Quit wasting money and address the real issues, water and infrastructure.
And hire a consulting firm in Pittsburgh that knows our roads and terrain. Why are we spending money out of state because it is obvious you do not know even the basic issues


Mary commented on Winter in Pittsburgh

The majority of Pittsburgh roads are steep and narrow. I have to pull over on my street when cars are coming the opposite way and going around bends in the road you are often limited to visibility less than one half a car length. This is a TYPICAL road in Pittsburgh for streets that are not primary roads. This makes it near impossible to be able to see bikes. Bikers going up Greenfield Avenue tie up traffic because they are going less than 5 miles an hour. Passing them is dangerous because of incoming traffic around sharp blind turns

The only section of Pittsburgh with good public transit is the South Hills that has T line. If you live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh which are often a 20 to 30 minutes drive without traffic the buses run only early in the morning and during rush hour. Those people are forced to find jobs that meet the bus schedule or drive and in rush hour it can take sixty to ninety minutes for a thirty minute trip.

Mass transit and roads need to take priority over bikes.


Mary commented on Winter in Pittsburgh

Greenfield. Free parking for five buses was available at Greenfield, Hazelwood Avenue and Irvine Street. The free parking was on Irvine but a bike lane eliminated the parking.

In the winter I cannot drive due to the steep hill I live on and black ice on the road. I cannot get a bus due to schedules and cannot walk down the hill in black ice.

In reality bikes can only be used in Pittsburgh about four months of the year. Snow and ice in the winter, heavy rains in April and June.

Please note that I love the bike trails and walk them all the time. Only licensed vehicles should be on the street. When I make a right hand turn with a green light I have to watch that a bike has not squeezed next to my car in a blind spot. Most bikers do not abide by traffic regulations.

The City of Pittsburgh needs to concentrate on water, replacing old pipes, reconstruction of roads that have been patched for years, police protection, particularly after the shut down of our parkway last night, etc.
Our infrastructure is falling apart as well as our safety. I grew up never having to lock a door now there are shootings every day. We need priorities set.