Pittsburgh To Revamp its Bike Share System With E-Bikes, New Stations

The system overhaul is partly due to nextbike's shift to focusing on its European markets. The new fleet will include 350 e-bikes and expand service to new neighborhoods.

2 minute read

March 21, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Close-up of row of Healthy Ride bike share bicycles

The Healthy Ride system is being replaced with new equipment. | Tony Webster / Healthy Ride bikes

Pittsburgh's bike share system is getting an overhaul after hitting record numbers in its seventh year of operation, reports Ed Blazina.

"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 system will also feature 200 new electric-assist bikes (half of the 400 bikes that will be added to the fleet) and 38 new stations. The new bicycles feature a more accessible design, according to David White, executive director of the city's bike share program, that will allow the system to drop its minimum age from 16 to 14.

By the end of the year, the agency plans to add 65 more new stations and 300 bikes. According to the article, "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," along with a federal DOT grant.

"Since it opened in 2015, Bike Share has charged $2 for a 30-minute ride. The new system will charge $3.50 for each 30 minutes on a pedal bike and $5 for e-assist." People receiving government assistance will be eligible for a reduced rate.

"Bike Share had to completely rebuild its system because the previous supplier, nextbike, shifted its concentration to Europe, leaving Pittsburgh as its only American client. Additionally, that system used 3G equipment to communicate, and the three major suppliers of that system shut down earlier this year." The system will be supplied by Montreal-based PBSC Urban Solutions going forward.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Green rapid transit bus pulled into station in dedicated lane.

Indiana Once Again Considering Ban on Dedicated Transit Lanes

The proposed legislation would impact the construction of planned IndyGo Blue Line, the third phase of the city’s bus rapid transit system.

February 25, 2024 - Fox 59

Aerial view of New York City architecture with augmented reality visualization, blue digital holograms over buildings and skyscrapers

4 Ways to Use AI in Urban Planning and City Design

With the ability to predict trends, engage citizens, enhance resource allocation, and guide decision-making, artificial intelligence has the potential to serve as planners’ very own multi-tool.

February 20, 2024 - ArchDaily

View from shore of Sepulveda Basin water catchment basin with marsh plants along shore.

LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water

The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.

February 25, 2024 - Wired

Ice fishing tents surrounded by fence in Safe Outdoor Space for unhoused people in parking lot in Denver, Colorado.

An Affordable Housing Model for Indigenous Americans

Indigenous people make up a disproportionately high percentage of the unhoused population, but many programs designed to assist them don’t reach those most in need.

5 hours ago - High Country News

An electric bicycle is shown with the legs of a human who is riding the e-bike.

Oregon Bill Would Ban E-Bikes for Riders Under 16

State lawmakers seek to change Oregon e-bike laws following the death of a 15-year old last summer.

6 hours ago - Oregon Capital Chronical

Aerial view of canal cut into beach in Charlestow, Rhode Island with boats parked in sand.

Northeastern Waterways More Polluted After Wet Year

Intense rains washed more runoff into local bodies of water, while warmer temperatures contributed to the growth of an invasive bloom.

7 hours ago - University of Rhode Island

Senior Planner

Heyer Gruel Associates

Regional Transportation Planner

Crater Planning District Commission

Senior Planner- Long range

Prince William County Planning Office

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.