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Port Authority offers bus-to-bike option to Pittsburgh commuters

Bob Bauder
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Pittsburgh Bike Share, which has 50 Healthy Ride stations across the city, will offer unlimited 15-minute trips to bus commuters with Port Authority ConnectCards through March 31.
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Pittsburgh Bike Share, which has 50 Healthy Ride stations across the city, will offer unlimited 15-minute trips to bus commuters with Port Authority ConnectCards through March 31.

Port Authority of Allegheny County bus riders can now hop off a bus and jump on a bicycle offered by Pittsburgh's nonprofit bike share program for a free trip to their destination.

Pittsburgh Bike Share, which has 50 Healthy Ride stations across the city, will offer unlimited 15-minute trips to bus commuters with Port Authority ConnectCards through March 31.

David White, the company's executive director, said Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to offer free bike share trips to public transit users. The company hopes the program will prompt more people to use Healthy Ride as an alternative transportation option.

“There is no cost to the Port Authority,” he said. “We're hoping it will be a revenue neutral pilot program.”

White was joined in Market Square on Thursday by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Port Authority interim CEO David Donahoe.

“This is the first time you can get off that bus, get on that bike and get where you need to go,” Peduto said.

Riders must complete a one-time registration to take advantage of the free-trip offer at a Healthy Ride kiosk through their cell phone and confirm their account by calling Healthy Ride at 412-535-5189.

Users can then tap a ConnectCard on a bicycle, and it will unlock automatically. Bike stations at Market Square and on Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street now accept ConnectCards. Remaining stations will be upgraded over the next week.

White said the system is part of a technology and equipment upgrade known as Healthy Ride 2.0.

Pittsburgh Bike Share has logged 207,700 rentals since it began in 2015. Riders have traveled 236,626 miles over 217,738 hours. Healthy Ride has more than 59,000 registered users.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312, bbauder@tribweb.com or @bobbauder.

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