Pittsburgh Bike Share is now scheduled to launch on Earth Day 2015
BikePGH is proud to have led the effort to bring bike share to Pittsburgh. There has been a slight delay in the launch date, but we’re as excited as ever. As noted in the article, Pittsburgh Bike Share plans to open with 500 bikes across 50 stations, with the goal of expanding to 1,500 bikes across 500 locations.
By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh bicycle rental owners say they have mixed feelings about a delayed $2.6 million bike share program that’s scheduled to open in 2015 with 500 cycles at 50 locations across the city.
“The concern that small private bike shops and rental owners have is that they’re going to drop the pricing down to be something that people will use recreationally,” said Tom Demagall, owner of Downtown-based Golden Triangle Bike Rentals. “I’m glad we’re getting it. I just want to see it maintain its integrity.”
Bart Yavorosky, executive director of Pittsburgh Bike Share, said the program is designed for short rides of 30 or 60 minutes, and the nonprofit has no intention of competing with business.
He said organizers are considering penalizing users with higher fees for riding longer than allotted times.
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