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1897: Press Popular Bicycle Route No. 15 – A Short Jaunt

14 Dec

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During the first bike boom of the 1890s, the Pittsburg(h) Press produced a weekly Sunday series of popular bike routes around Pittsburgh. All are accompanied by a map, some images, and a description that provides a delightful snapshot into the pre-auto era Pittsburgh.

For instance, this particular one, about a “Short Jaunt” around Wilkinsburg, Swissvale and Edgewood includes this ditty:

“There are few short runs about the two cities that appeal very strongly to wheelmen, fewer that are looked upon with any great degree of pleasure by the fair sex, but there are some really charming runs. Probably one of the most delightful jaunts and one that is most popular with the Pittsburg riders of both sex is out to “Mrs. Wagner’s place,” as it used to be known. It is called the Palmer house now, or the Cyclers’ Resort, and is situated near the station at Swissvale, about eight miles from Pittsburg. There are large elegant grounds about the house and every evening cyclists can be seen lounging on the benches under the big trees after they have done justice to a chicken and waffle supper. It is a delightful place in the cool of the evening, almost charming.”


Popular Bicycle Route No. 10- Pittsburg to Butler and Harmony, 1897

14 Dec

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Another in the “Popular Bicycle Route” series that the Pittsburg Press ran during the height of the first bike boom.

1897: Press Popular Bicycle Route no. 8 – Pleasant Century Run

30 Aug

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During the bike boom of the late 1800s, the Pittsburgh Press apparently published some recommended bicycle routes and maps to get people riding these new velocipedes. This one is a century ride from Pittsburgh to New Castle along the Ohio River.

Looking forward tracking down the other “Popular Bicycle Routes” of the 1800s.

A 1978 Allegheny County 171-Mile bicycle network that never happened

18 Jul

171 miles of bikeway that never happened, 1978. Click to make BIG.

So it looks there was once a plan to connect large swaths of Allegheny County with a connected 171-mile bikeway network, linking 25 communities. The bikeways went through the City and connected to the major County Parks of South Park, North Park, and Boyce Park.┬áThe County was ready to spend $5.6M on the network. The plan even called for “coin-operated bike locks stationed periodically along the route or lockers where commuters could stash their bicycles, then walk to work.”

According to the article, “it would be possible to commute to work, pedal to three corners of the County, or visit major parks along safe, well-marked lighted bikeways.” At the time, the project manager, David O’Loughlin claimed that there were 650,000 bicyclists in Allegheny County.

To repeat, there was once a plan to for 171 miles of bikeways for Allegheny County. They were ready to install it for $5.6M.

Does anyone know what the hell happened?

Click here for the October 4, 1978 Pittsburgh Press article.

Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Hand Drawn Map

1 Feb

A little late on this. But this is the 2017 Dirty Dozen – a bicycle race up the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh. For over 30 years, Danny Chew has been running this iconic event. If you don’t know Danny, please take a minute and google him and his story of being a two time Race Across America winner and his lifetime goal of riding a million miles. This goal was recently thwarted after a crash left him without the use of his legs. But, he is not giving up and is will be attempting to accomplish this feat with a hand cycle.

WPRDC’s Allegheny County Crash Data 2014

2 Nov


Just a different, really clean view of the recently released Allegheny County Crash Data, created by WPRDC. This is the 2014 numbers only, but you can click between “All,” “Bicycles,” “Pedestrians,” and the heat map.

Find out more.


Allegheny County Bicycle Crash Data, 2010-2015

29 Sep


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The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC)┬áreleased all of Allegheny County’s Crash Data going back to 2004.

The idea is that data nerds can play with the data and see what they find.

Above is a crash map of every bicycle crash in the dataset.

Click here to use the interactive site.

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