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Pittsburgh's Healthy Ride bike share system to start May 31

| Monday, May 18, 2015, 4:48 p.m.
Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s soon-to-launch bike share program, will have 50 stations citywide similar to those in this prototype.
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Bike Share
Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s soon-to-launch bike share program, will have 50 stations citywide similar to those in this prototype.
Healthy Ride Pittsburgh kiosks, like this one on First Avenue in Downtown, have been set up throughout Pittsburgh as part of a public bike-sharing system.
Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
Healthy Ride Pittsburgh kiosks, like this one on First Avenue in Downtown, have been set up throughout Pittsburgh as part of a public bike-sharing system.

Pittsburgh's bike share system will begin May 31, organizers announced Monday.

The rental network of 50 stations across 11 neighborhoods will provide access to 500 bikes. Dubbed Healthy Ride, the system will be operated by Pittsburgh Bike Share, which was established in 2012 with the goal of starting a public bike sharing system.

“We are excited to bring bike share to the city of Pittsburgh,” said a statement from Executive Director David White. “Residents, businesses and community groups have all shown tremendous support and enthusiasm for the launch. Healthy Ride will provide the city of Pittsburgh with an active transportation choice for locals and visitors.”

Rentals will be available for $2 per half hour. Monthly membership plans will cost $12 a month for unlimited 30-minute rides and $20 for unlimited 60-minute rides. Users can pre-register for free on the program's website or at the rental kiosks at stations.

City public works crews spent the past several weeks installing bike stations across the city while the bikes were being assembled.

The bike share's start date will coincide with the year's first OpenStreetsPGH event, which will temporarily close 3.5 miles of streets from Market Square to Sixth Street, Downtown, and Penn Avenue in the Strip District to Butler Street in Lawrenceville, ending at Allegheny Cemetery.

The event, planned on three Sundays this summer, offers a car-free “linear park” on city streets. The roads will be closed to cars and open to walkers, cyclists, runners and roller-bladers from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or mdaniels@tribweb.com.

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