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Old 02-14-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I'll write more about my weekend in Pittsburgh...but what are the 'belts' for roads that I saw everywhere?
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Sh-ittsburgh, PA & Lancaster County, PA
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U.S. Markers: Belt Route System

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alleghe...ty_Belt_System
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:56 PM
 
Location: South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
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The most confusing thing about the regions colored belt systems is that the outlying ones, Red and Orange, are incomplete with definite endpoints. For the Red this makes sense because it forms a rough semi-circle with ends in two far-off river towns.

They generally help to get around suburb-to-suburb. I used to commute between Indiana Township and Neville Island, it was about 27 miles and I pretty much didn't use any major highways to make such a commute.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The "Belts" are basically used as navigational aides to determine just how far you are from your intended destination when you're driving around looking for something. "Aw f*#k, did that sign just say Yellow Belt? We're not even supposed to be outside the Green Belt. We are so lost it's not even funny."
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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Great concept...Pittsburgh is a very easy city to just end up on some random road as well...winding every which way...
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Greensburg, PA
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I could never understand the belt system, even though I always see signs for them when I drive around the city. If we actually had a beltway, then there wouldn't be a need for all of this.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Great concept...Pittsburgh is a very easy city to just end up on some random road as well...winding every which way...
I know.... isn't that fun?

When I was home last October for my nephew's wedding, the bride's family held a bridal brunch for the happy couple the day after the wedding (kids postponed the honeymoon) and we ended up at the bride's parents house... somewhere in Wexford.

On the way out, I missed a turn (which is a shame, because there was this great Mid Century Modern house I wanted to see again....) and we ended up totally lost.

Now -- I have my father's sense of direction. I may not know where I am, and I may not know how to get where I am going, but I am never lost. My mother, however has become famous on these boards for the "Brown Cow", and can get lost if you take her two inches past her destination.

We had a blast. It took us about an hour and half to get home, and we ended up on Mt Pleasant Rd near the Cemetery....... which is when I figured out how to get home....
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Western PA
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The way I think of the belts: if you stay on one you will hit a major highway or parkway. They all intersect with something major.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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The Belts are great. Buy a county map and see how they work.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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The belts are there to connect places that you will never need to go. So if you happen to be starting out nowhere in particular and your heading nowhere in particular than the belt system is what you want. For instance, if you're having a nice fancy dinner on Neville Island (perhaps next to one of the scrap yards) and your next errand is in South Western Plum, you can take the Yellow belt... Now of course, if you need to go anywhere important (like work or shopping) then the belts are pretty much useless.
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