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Old 03-11-14, 07:19 AM   #1
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Drive with Care Campaign

Pittsburgh is starting a "Drive with Care" campaign. Past campaigns have been very helpful in bringing biking awareness to nonbiking drivers. You may want to consider starting a similar campaign in your community.

Drive With Care by BikePGH | Indiegogo
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Old 03-11-14, 07:37 AM   #2
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Nice billboard ideas. I really like that they got one of the Steelers to be involved.
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Old 03-11-14, 08:23 AM   #3
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So the August limited roll out was a success? Fantastic.

It's one of those PSA campaigns that looks so right you hope it works.

This is also a campaign that can be ported to other cities and states.

(BTW, however does bikepgh graphic design - great stuff.)

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It's a good message and I liked the billboards. I didn't like the video. I kept clenching my teeth watching them ride in the door zone. I did get a chuckle out of the opening sequence that showed a car driving in the bike lane. I wonder if that was on purpose.
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Old 03-12-14, 10:55 AM   #5
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My daughter and her husband live in Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville area). I had the opportunity to see the cyclist-motorist dynamic on several visits and can attest to it being more dysfunctional than I've seen in other citiies. There does seem to be a sizable population of cyclists and the majority of them appeared to have the street-savvy necessary for that environment. The problem is that many of the streets are too narrow for the amount of traffic they carry and the drivers are aggressive (especially the bus drivers). With all the traffic, parking, pedestrians, and other city features, cyclists tend to blend into the other distractions. HiVis would help, but I saw very few wearing any. The other thing was that the road conditions are pretty bad, so both cars and bikes have to look out for road hazards as well as each other. The roads shown in the video must be anomalies. I don't know how many miles of bike lanes they have, but I didn't see many.

I applaud the effort of this group. Hope they can keep up the momentum. PGH has a lot of character that should be experienced on a bike.

Also, it's the home of Bicycle Heaven
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My daughter and her husband live in Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville area). I had the opportunity to see the cyclist-motorist dynamic on several visits and can attest to it being more dysfunctional than I've seen in other citiies. There does seem to be a sizable population of cyclists and the majority of them appeared to have the street-savvy necessary for that environment. The problem is that many of the streets are too narrow for the amount of traffic they carry and the drivers are aggressive (especially the bus drivers). With all the traffic, parking, pedestrians, and other city features, cyclists tend to blend into the other distractions. HiVis would help, but I saw very few wearing any. The other thing was that the road conditions are pretty bad, so both cars and bikes have to look out for road hazards as well as each other. The roads shown in the video must be anomalies. I don't know how many miles of bike lanes they have, but I didn't see many.

I applaud the effort of this group. Hope they can keep up the momentum. PGH has a lot of character that should be experienced on a bike.

Also, it's the home of Bicycle Heaven
You are correct in your assessment of biking in Pittsburgh. Narrow windy roads does make it dangerous. One thing that has helped is Pennsylvania passed a law requiring motorist give bikes 5 feet when passing. If the motorist cannot give the bike 5 five feet, the motorist cannot legally pass the bike. Most drivers are following the law but not all. The bike lanes are mostly in the Oakland (Pitt/CMU) area and in East Liberty. They are putting in additional lanes but it is not happening very fast.
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I'm all for education and awareness programs. I think they can be one the best uses of advocacy dollars. Start indoctrinating everybody from an early age (grade school, drivers ed, licensing, renewals) that bikes belong on the road and how to share the road with bikes.
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I'm all for education and awareness programs. I think they can be one the best uses of advocacy dollars. Start indoctrinating everybody from an early age (grade school, drivers ed, licensing, renewals) that bikes belong on the road and how to share the road with bikes.
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Laws and building bike infrastructure is OK, but the only think I believe will make a real difference, is when the past few generations of the anachronistic car-is-king mindset get their keys taken away from them. New generations being taught that all modes of transportation are important and humans are more important than than cars is what is going to make a difference. One good thing about the constantly rising COL factor is more people are realizing the expense and aggravation of a autocentric lifestyle does not fit with their quality-of-life requirements.
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