TONIGHT’S MEETING CANCELED

apologies for the late notice, but due to a lack of quorum the meeting tonight 9/25 is canceled.

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September meeting

The September meeting of the Millvale Borough Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will be at 6 PM on Thursday, September 25, at the Millvale Borough Building, 501 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209.

Bikes, bikes, bikes

If you haven’t read Joe Wos’s screed against bike lanes in the Forum section of Sunday’s P-G, you might find it interesting.  The real purpose of bike lanes, in his (humorous?) opinion, is to allow “white men with bushy beards and black-rim plastic glasses a quicker way to get Downtown to play their banjos on street corners.”  The guy just isn’t in our corner.  So his arguments are:

  • “a study in Helsinki showed bike paths to be more dangerous than sharing roads, and a study in Vancouver that reported a decrease in business along bike paths.”  I don’t doubt that there are such studies, but I’ll bet there are plenty of others contradicting them.  Especially the latter- again, I don’t doubt that some bike paths experience a decrease in at least some types of business, for some period of time- but I would be very surprised if, overall, the presence of bike paths didn’t have very positive economic impacts on the local area as a whole.
  • “Safety concerns are pointed to as the main issue driving the introduction of bike lanes, yet Pittsburgh requires neither helmets for bicyclists over 12 nor bicycle licensing or registration.”  OK Joe, your point is….. that this means we shouldn’t develop bike paths?
  • “the next step is to cut the “ittsburgh” from Pittsburgh and replace it with “ortland””.  Horrors- the dirty word, Portland!
  • “Bicyclists have taken to fat-shaming our city, claiming health and environmental benefits as well as the moral high ground.”  Oh, give me a break.
  • “Make no mistake; this is partly about race. It is about white privilege and entitlement.”  Aha! The RACE CARD.  Could it be that poorer folks don’t have access to trails as often as the more affluent, and so aren’t out there as often?  Nah- it’s simply that those hipster bike Nazis are racists.
  • The one major point he makes is, in my opinion, very valid: good public transportation is more important than bike lanes.  And here’s another bet:  the great majority of bicyclists would agree with that.  But of course he is likely making a misleading argument for the simple reason that good public transportation systems are so expensive, and bike lanes so relatively inexpensive, that developing the lanes has virtually no negative affect on the whole public transportation system.

So it’s encouraging to see that he caught a LOT of online flak.

 

 

 

Bike route proposal for Shaler

A group of interested citizens are submitting a bike lanes proposal to the Shaler Parks and Recreation committee for consideration during their meeting on Sept 23, at 6:30 PM at the Township building (300 Wetzel Road  Glenshaw,  PA  15116).  If you are interested in safe biking, and particularly if you are a Shaler resident, your support at the meeting would be appreciated.  Numbers count!

Sharrows for Millvale route

On Thursday 8/29 the MBBPC studied the placement of sharrows along the 1.4 mile bike route through Millvale.  We concluded that we need about 90 sharrows to conform to the accepted standard (a sharrow within 25 ft. of an intersection and every 250 ft. in between).  On Tuesday 9/2 we presented this plan to the Millvale Borough Council for approval (although it is grant money, not public funds, we need their approval for modifying Millvale roads). Next we need to get bids on the contract.

The September meeting of the Millvale Borough Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will be at 6 PM on Thursday, September 25, at the Millvale Borough Building, 501 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209.