Coming off of the most successful year in its seven-year history, Bike Share Pittsburgh is replacing all of its bikes, adding electric-assist bikes and completely revamping its system.
The agency rolled out its new system, called POGOH, featuring lighter, sturdier bikes at a news conference at Highmark Stadium Wednesday. The new system replaces Healthy Ride in about three weeks and current users will have to register again when it begins operation.
The agency should have 38 new stations open in the first phase of the $2.8 million project. That will include 400 new bikes, half of which will be e-assist bikes.
Another 65 stations should be in place by the end of the year with 300 more bikes equally split between pedal bikes and e-assist.
The system will continue to be sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Allegheny Health Network. The agency also has received grants from the Heinz Endowments, the Hillman Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
It also has received a $900,000 grant through the federal Department of Transportation to help pay for the e-assist bikes.
David White, Bike Share’s executive director, said the new bikes will be open to more riders because the wheels will be only 24 inches instead of 26, allowing the age limit for riders to drop from 16 to 14. E-assist bikes also will allow riders who aren’t physically fit yet to use them and help all riders get up Pittsburgh’s notorious hills, where Healthy Ride had limited use.E-assist bikes will help when riders […]