PG: Bikes can now ride all PAT buses

Sunday, November 27, 2011
By Shannon M. Nass, Special to the Post-Gazette

Port Authority Transit buses have had a face lift. On Sept. 23, PAT announced that its entire fleet of buses had been outfitted with mounted bike racks. The announcement marked the culmination of a 10-year effort that began with a nudge from Sustainable Pittsburgh and was carried through with Bike Pittsburgh support.

“Our membership made it known that it was a high priority thing that we should work on, so we started talking to the Port Authority on how we can make this happen,” said Eric Boerer, advocacy director for Bike Pittsburgh.

Boerer said the installation of the bike racks on buses should open up a wide variety of recreational opportunities for cyclists. For example, city dwelling mountain bikers will now have easier access to urban trails such as those at Frick Park, which Boerer said are considered the best mountain biking trails available inside the city limits.

“You can ride to the trail, but a lot of times mountain bikes aren’t very suited for riding on the streets,” said Boerer. “Being able to jump on a bus and take your bike to the trail is pretty huge.”

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