Bike Share Network Debuts in Pittsburgh This Spring
Hitting the city with an innovative form of public transport, the Pittsburgh Bike Share is making its debut this spring! After months of implementing protected and visible bike lanes, as well as planning a highway network for bikes, the urban biking movement has finally come full circle. Organizers have even mimicked the European styles of biking infrastructure, ensuring that bikers can navigate through Pittsburgh as comfortably and efficiently as possible. Here are the top five things you need to know before you hop on one of the city’s red step-through bikes.
1. A bike share is a network of rent-able bicycles set up throughout the city.
The Pittsburgh Bike Share consists of 50 stations and 500+ bikes coming available this spring. The public can rent these bikes, use them to commute, explore, run errands, and more, then return them to any bike bank in the city.
2. Using the Bike Share is practical and super easy.
Bike renters can register for their share pass online, in person, or by using the PGH Bike Share app. Once you’ve created your account, you simply swipe your pass or scan the QR code generated by your phone, and enter your PIN to unlock any bike in the city. You can return your bike rental to any of the Bike Share stations, which are shown on the map below. Pass purchasers must be at least 16 years old.
3. Using the PGH Bike Share is totally safe.
BikePGH, PeopleForBikes, and Mayor Peduto have worked in tandem with the Pittsburgh Bike Share to make Pittsburgh a safe and fun place for athletic and commuter bicyclists. Protected bike lanes, which require a physical separation from the bike lane and the driving lane, have been installed throughout the city for the past year and are continuing to pop up. Click here for a map of Pittsburgh’s bike routes, which coincide with bike share stations to make your trip easy and practical.
4. The PGH Bike Share is open 24/7.
No need to worry about getting your bike back to the rental station on time. The Bike Share is designed so that the pass you buy can clock you in and out 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Winter and inclement weather hours may vary.
5. You can stay up-to-date on all sorts of bike share info on the Pittsburgh Bike Share blog.
Because the opening dates and prices have not been announced yet, make sure to stay posted by checking this blog. The Bike Share hopes that the site “will become a digital space for discussion and perhaps some spirited and thoughtful debate about bike sharing, not merely in Pittsburgh, but more broadly.”