word of the day: February 05, 2011
Making a left turn just as the light turns green, pulling out before the oncoming traffic. Most people in Pittsburgh allow and encourage this behavior.
"That jagoff wouldn't give me the Pittsburgh left!"
"You should honk"
every city has its fair share of crazy ass drives, and pittsburgh's are unique. the most common move of city drivers in the burgh involves making a left turn just after the light turns green. if a car is sitting in the left turn lane (where left turn yields on green), the driver will hurry up and turn just as the light turns green, cutting off oncoming traffic
Pittsburgher: The light turned green, I'm gunning it.
Philly Moron: Jesus, I about pissed my pants when you did that! What the hell were you thinking.
Pittsburgher: Aw, that's nothing. Just your everyday Pittsburgh left
Used to define an occurrence of traffic activity in and around Pittsburgh, PA - particularly, if there are at least two drivers at an intersection with a red light, and one is attempting to make a left turn while the other is continuing straight, it is 'customary' for the individual continuing straight to allow the individual making a left turn to go first when the light initially turns green. This is contrary to normal traffic law, especially in the commonwealth of PA, which states that any vehicle making a left-turn must ALWAYS yield to vehicles continuing straight through an intersection.
While technically illegal, the actions are intended most courteously - this is because, unlike many major cities, Pittsburgh differs in the fact that it contains more two lane roads (one lane in each direction), including bridges, than any other style of road (two or more lanes in each direction); even the major highway systems are only two lanes in each direction. As well, Pittsburgh has more two-lane road intersections missing 'left-turn lane only' lanes than most major cities.
The 'Pittsburgh left' helps maintain an efficient flow of traffic throughout the city, particularly during rush-hour; while traffic law requires the left-turning vehicle yield to on-coming traffic for safety reasons, the 'unorthodox' left-turn helps minimize delays incurred by the overall traffic system. When the left-turning vehicle yields to oncoming traffic on a two-lane road, the traffic behin...
A very dangerous maneuver in the rest of the country where most people run the red light (claiming it was still 'orange'). In the rest of the country remember when you come to a green light to stop and look both ways.
Only a Steelers fan would do a Pittsburgh Left at that intersection.