bike share is coming
HealthyRide announced today that they plan to add 10 stations this year to the existing 50. There’s an online map on which you can click to suggest future station locations: http://pghbikeshare.org/map/
Also, you can “like” the locations that people have proposed (over 40 so far) and you can also “like” and comment on the existing stations as well. I’ve already suggested that a couple of stations should be moved to increase visibility and convenience (e.g. the one next to the Warhol bridge, which should really be on 7th and Penn).
So far, most of the suggestions are sensible, as they either plug gaps in the network or expand the system not too far from an existing station, which is really all you can do with only an additional 10 stations. There’s a few that are good suggestions due to their location along bikeable business districts (e.g the ones shown on Broadway Ave and Brookline Blvd.) but that are perhaps a few years away, as they are far away from the existing network.
To me, the following are needed:
– Station Square, for access to many things, including the Mon Incline.
– 3 more on the North Side, including one next to the Carnegie Center or the Allegheny T station, as well as one on East Ohio St and one up Brighton Rd.
– Squirrel Hill needs at least two stations, on Forbes and/or Murray.
– Downtown needs one inside the area between Fifth, Liberty and Smithfield.
– CMU proper.
– Go nuts and put a couple on top of the southern ridge, in Allentown and at the top of 18th. That descent from Allentown though, on Arlington or Brosville, is interesting, to say the least.
– It would be great if they could plug the gap in the Hill District between the station on Centre and Kirkpatrick, and downtown. Or just move that station closer to downtown. As it stands, that station is, by far, the least popular one in the system, so perhaps a change in location would help to increase ridership here.
I’d love to see one at the foot of Howard Street. It would better serve Alleg Gen Hospital, but also make it a lot easier to park for free and bike downtown. Right now, I have almost a 10-minute walk from however far up I have to park on Howard St to get a bike at Federal & North.
One in Point State Park itself, maybe seasonally would be a good idea. There are a lot of tourists that would benefit from a bike rental station there.
Also, if there could be more located on the Penn Avenue bike lane, I think you would see usage on the lane jump by quite a bit.
Where could new stations be placed, to specifically benefit more Black and Latino people?
I just suggested one at the Wilkinsburg busway station. I see @shadow added one in Homewood. Seems that area to the NE of East Lib could use at least a suggestion. But I don’t know the area, its needs, or potential destinations well enough to make an intelligent suggestion.
@lori, I wondered the same thing. I don’t know the answer, but the center of Homewood seemed like an obvious location in that right now Homewood seems to be a place a lot of non-PoC are just biking through, and making bicycles accessible to people living and working there is at least a start.
Where I want stations. Probably a little self centered, but these would take me to places I want to go:
Bottom of the duqesne Incline (Southside)
East Ohio Street & James St (Deutchtown)
Butler & Stanton (Lawrenceville)
Butler & 54th (Lawrenceville)
CMU Campus @ Morewood (oakland)
Station Square (southside)
Penn Ave @ S. Winbiddle (garfield)
Negley & Stanton (highland Park)
Bryant St buisness district (highland park)
Reynolds & Hastings (point breeze)
Station Square is such a natural location for a bike share station, but I guess it’s up to the property owners to allow for one to be installed there. I’d be surprised if they don’t get one during this first expansion round.
I seconded the Waterfront suggestion in Homestead. That seems a natural place for a station: ride out, return bike, shop/eat/see a film, grab another bike to ride back to town.
Recall that in the first round all stations had to be located on public property due to restrictions in the Federal startup grant. Now that they aren’t using that grant for new stations, they should be able to locate on private property if the owner is willing.
Thank you, Stu, Daria, and Reddan! I added likes to the two Homestead and the Wilkinsburg busway station suggestions.
Over 100 suggested locations already. Nice! Granted, a few of these are essentially duplicates, and a few more are far-fetched for this expansion round (Avalon and Bellevue are good suggestions, but are pretty far from the existing network), but there’s definite interest in making this system grow.
Aside, I wonder if PGH Bike Share is constrained to only have stations within Pittsburgh city limits, at least until there is sufficient coverage in this area. I know PGH Bike Share is a private entity, but I don’t know if there are any conditions from the support they receive from local foundations and Highmark, as well as government grants, regarding future locations outside the city.
Am I the only one who does not see any of the suggested stations? I probably suggested several duplicates.
No, you’re not. I wonder if they reset the map or something? I’m not seeing any suggestions currently, either, in any of my three browsers.
I emailed healthy ride and they said it was a temporary bug and that the suggest a station map will be back to normal shortly.
Dang, people really want a station in Highland Park, Squirrel Hill, and Station Square :-)
From a couple of days ago, an article in the PGH City Paper about HR’s upcoming expansion:
In regards to suggestions located outside city limits, it mentions that they “would not rule out creating connections in Millvale or Wilkinsburg”.
Healthy Ride recently released their ride data for the first quarter of 2016. The total number of trips from July 1, 2016 until March 31, 2016 is 64,524, of which 39,207 came in Q3 2015, 15,931 in Q4 2015, and 9,386 in Q1 2016.
Rental distribution per month is as follows:
July: 14,321 rentals
Most popular bike: 70417, 222 rentals
Least popular bike: 70296, 10 rentals
Busiest day: July 26 2015 (Last 2015 Open Streets) – 889 rentals
Least busy day: January 23, 2016 – 9 rentals
Most popular roundtrip, overall: Southside Works – 1870 trips
Most popular one way trip, overall: Convention Center to 21st/Penn – 454 trips
Most popular roundtrip, Q1 2016: Southside Works – 204 trips
Most popular one way trip, Q1 2016: Alder St/Highland Ave to Bakery Square: 130 trips
Top 5 rental stations, overall
1. South Side Works – 3320 rentals
2. Market Square – 3050
3. Liberty and Stanwix – 2884
4. Convention Center – 2843
5. 21st and Penn – 2529
Top 5 rentals stations, Q1 2016
1. South Side Works – 526 rentals
2. BOTA and Parkview Ave – 404
3. Liberty and Stanwix – 385
4. Fifth Ave and Bouquet St – 372
5. Market Square – 332
Top 5 return stations, overall
1. South Side works – 3839 returns
2. Market Square – 3440
3. Liberty and Stanwix – 3257
4. Convention Center – 2970
5. 21st and Penn – 2907
Top 5 return stations, Q1 2016
1. South Side Works – 639 return
2. Liberty and Stanwix – 483
3. Market Square – 372
4. Fifth Ave and Bouquet – 372
5. North Shore Trail – 345
Worst performing rental stations, overall
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 114 rentals
2. Shady Ave and Ellsworth – 369
3. Centre Ave and Euclid (Whole Foods) – 377
4. Consol Center – 478
5. Whitfield and Baum – 521
Worst performing rental stations, Q1 2016
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 15 rentals
2. Euclid and Centre (Whole Foods) – 36
3. Shady Ave and Ellsworth – 55
4. Whitfield and Baum – 76
5. Fort Duquesne Blvd and 7th St – 83
Worst performing return stations, overall
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 50 returns
2. Shady Ave and Ellsworth – 272
3. Consol Center – 301
4. Penn Ave and Fairmount – 368
5. Euclid Ave and Centre (Whole Foods) – 421
Worst performing return stations, Q1 2016
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 6 returns
2. Penn Ave and Fairmount – 30
3. Shady Ave and Ellsworth – 38
4. Consol Center – 44
5. Euclid and Centre Ave (Whole Foods) – 45
Are you interested in expanding Healthy Ride/ bike Share into Squirrel Hill – Greenfield?
The Squirrel Hill Bike/Ped committee (part of Sq Hill Urban Coalition) will be discussing this with Erin Potts of Healthy Ride tomorrow night, Thursday Oct 13 — 6:30 at JCC on Forbes
Here is the announcement of the meeting
Dear SHUC Bike-Ped Committee Members and Friends,
I hope you will make every effort to attend our regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, 10/13/16, 6;30-8:00 PM, in Room 202 of the Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave., near Murray.
Our special guest presenter will be Erin Potts, Director of Marketing and Outreach of Healthy Ride/Pittsburgh Bike-Share.
Many of us have expressed interest in Healthy Ride/Pittsburgh Bike-Share access in Squirrel Hill-Greenfield. We will have a great opportunity to hear from Erin about the latest developments at the organization and to share ideas, issues, and processes regarding placement of bike-share stations directly in our neighborhoods.
Additional agenda items for the meeting include:
- How to use the SHUC web-page for announcements and for engaging in conversation and interaction through it by our members and friends
- Brief summary and discussion of pedestrian and vehicle accidents to-date in Police Zone 4 (Squirrel Hill; Point Breeze; Swisshelm Park; Lincoln Place; Greenfield; Oakland (part); Shadyside (part).
Looking forward to seeing you Thursday,
Marshall Hershberg, Co-Chair of the Committee
Article on future on Healthy Ride expansion:
Also, this (sorry, tried to upload picture but didn’t work)
— Christian T. (@chrishent) December 19, 2016
Ran across this analysis of data from the NYC Citi Bike system (22m data points).
Bluegogo is a Chinese bikeshare company with an interesting approach:
- no stations
- park anywhere
- their bikes transmit GPS (as do HealthyRide’s, but perhaps Bluegogo’s transmit more frequently?) so customers can always find the closest available bike, and GPS transmitters thwart theft
- the bikes have solar panels in the basket to charge the radio transmitter and power the lights (not charged by solar panels at the station, as with HealthyRide)
- airless tires
- rental cost is $0.08 per half hour in China (HealthyRide is $2 per half hour)
- bike manufacturing cost is under $300
Bluegogo has placed 70,000 bicycles in three Chinese cities, so far. http://mashable.com/2017/01/03/bluegogo-china-bike-sharing/ and is hoping to expand into San Francisco, but has run into opposition because another bikeshare company has an exclusive contract there: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-threatens-legal-action-bikeshare-company-rumored-launch-city-streets/
The Pittsburgh system bike lights are charged by solar panel? Neat! I figured it had a powered hub.
Saw this article about bluegogo the other day, about how they bikes can pile up when not locked or secured properly.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="950"] BlueGogo Bike Pile[/caption]
Here’s a viz I threw together using the healthy ride data. I was surprised to find the most popular trip was just joy riding to/from the south side works station.
@rbhays, that’s an interesting way to look at the data.
I bet there could be similar “joyride” uses of it if there was a station in Millvale Riverfront Park. The issue would be, of course, that it is Millvale and not the city of Pittsburgh. People could ride 3 miles to the stadiums and back.
I was also somewhere over the last few days and I saw what looked like a new station with only a 2 bike capacity. There was also a bike share van parked outside. Can’t remember where I saw it…
@rbhays @edronline, yes the most popular trips for almost every station are roundtrips. Most of these roundtrips are likely joyrides. In fact, for the station on the North Shore trail, +80% of rentals are roundtrips.
And @edronline, what you saw was likely the Healthy Ride offices. They recently put in a small station outside.
As a note, I believe the station formerly at bigelow and fifth has now been relocated to O’hara and bigelow to accommodate construction.
Yawl might find this interestingk.
Pittsburgh is #22, tho there’s a note in the data that indicates that the map depiction is incorrect and needs to be updated.
Healthy Ride could totally game this system by calling 1 station 2. or putting 1 tiny station right next to another station. Then we could vault up to #10 or so.
Healthy Ride 2016 summary
# of rentals: 74,110
Best month: July, 10,620 rentals
Worst month: December, 1,262 rentals
Top 10 rental stations
1. South Side Works – 4,231 rentals
2. Liberty Ave and Stanwix – 3,633
3. Market Square – 3,286
4. 21st St and Penn Ave – 3,061
5. Convention Center – 3,048
6. North Shore trail – 2,968
7. 12th St and Carson St – 2,549
8. PNC Park – 2,522
9. Parkview Ave and Boulevard of the Allies – 2,186
10. 18th St and Sydney St – 2,087
(The station at Parkview Ave has been the biggest surprise to me. I did not expect it to do as well as it’s doing. Unsurprisingly, 70% of its rentals end up in another station in Oakland. Very cool)
Top 10 return stations:
1. South Side Works – 4,949 returns
2. Liberty Ave/Stanwix – 4,179
3. Market Square – 4,083
4. 21st St and Penn Ave – 3,578
5. North Shore Trail – 3,326
6. Convention Center – 3,063
7. PNC Park – 2,840
8. 12th St/Carson St – 2,608
9. 18th St/Sydney St. – 2,273
10. 17th St. and Penn Ave – 2,213
Bottom 5 rental stations:
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 251 rentals
2. Euclid Ave and Centre Ave (Whole Foods) – 342
3. Shady Ave and Ellsworth – 571
4. Maryland Ave and Ellsworth – 615
5. Consol/PPG Paints Arena – 656
Bottom 5 return stations
1. Centre Ave and Kirkpatrick – 56 returns
2. Consol/PPG Paints Arena – 347
3. Euclid Ave/Centre Ave (Whole Foods) – 382
4. Penn Ave/Fairmount St – 388
5. Coltart Ave/Forbes Ave – 497
Most popular roundtrip: rent/return at South Side Works station – 2,423 rentals
Most popular one way rental: Parkview Ave/BOTA to Fifth Ave/Bouquet – 555 rentals
One way trips account for 75% of rentals.
Comparing usage in Q3 and Q4 in 2015 vs the same time period in 2016:
– A 28.7% drop in rentals in 2016 vs 2015
– Most stations see a decline in rentals. Only 5 saw higher ridership in 2016.
– The decline could be partially attributed to an increase in system reliability. This can be inferred by the reduction in rentals returned to the same in station in under 3 minutes. There were 3,937 (7.1%) such rentals in 2015, vs 144 (0.4%) in 2016 over the same 6 month period.
– The decline can also be explained by the novelty factor wearing off, as well as a likely reduction in promotional rides.
– There are 4 stations that have the dishonorable mention of having more rentals in 6 months in 2015, than in 2016 entirely
So it seems like the folks al Healthy Ride have some work to do to improve ridership. Perhaps the new stations coming in 2017 will plug some gaps in their network and the improved connectivity will mean more bike share trips!
where is the north shore trail station? Can’t think of where it is.
@edronline, it’s located on the upper part of the North Shore trail, next to the Fort Duquesne bridge. It’s one of the two largest stations in the system, with 35 docks (the other one being the one next to PPG Paints arena, which is severely underutilized by comparison. More on this below). The North Shore station seems to cater primarily to recreational users, with 54% of them returning their rental to this same station, and averaging 69 minutes per roundtrip
Related, the average rental duration in 2016 was 55 minutes.
Top 10 stations in rentals per dock (a good measure of bang per buck)
- Liberty Ave/Stanwix St (16 docks) – 227 rentals/dock
- South Side Works (19) – 222
- Convention Center (15) – 203
- Market Square (19) – 173
- PNC Park (15) – 168
- 21st St and Penn Ave (19) – 161
- 12th St and Carson St (19) – 134
- 18th St and Sydney St (16) – 130
- Federal St and North Ave (12) – 126
- Parkview Ave and BOTA (19) – 115
Bottom 5 stations in rentals per dock
- Consol/PPG Paints Arena (35 docks) – 19 rentals/dock
- Centre Ave/Kirkpatrick St (12) – 21
- Euclid Ave/Centre Ave (12) – 29
- Shady Ave/Ellsworth Ave (19) – 30
- Maryland Ave/Ellsworth Ave (19) -32
Finally, since July 1st, 2015, out of 2,500 possible trip possibilities, 2,266 have been successfully completed. Apparently, nobody has ever tried to ride a Healthy Ride bike from Federal St/North Ave to Shady Ave/Ellsworth. So what are you waiting for? ;-)
Healthy Ride announced today they’re officially piloting version 2.0, though you might’ve seen them already at Bike to Work Day: they’re moving to dumb docks, on which you’ll return the bike simply by locking it to the dock with the integrated cable lock and then tell the onboard computer you’ve returned the bike. “This weekend, we are piloting the new experience at one station: North Shore Trail & Ft. Duquesne Bridge. More stations will join this pilot over the next few weeks.”
They’re also finally moving to domestic payment processing to get rid of those obnoxious international bank fees, and introducing local Pittsburgh customer-service staff ‘during peak hours’, per their new page http://change.healthyridepgh.org/.
Meanwhile, for those familiar with ‘unicorn bikes’, those one-off promotional bikes like DC Capital Bikeshare’s “BikeInBloom” (which comes out during the Cherry Blossom Festival and is pink rather than red), HealthyRide today also announced the “first of many” unicorns for Pittsburgh this summer:
— HealthyRidePGH (@healthyridepgh) June 9, 2017
This is brilliant. The Pittsburgh area needs this.
Last summer, Louisa John suspected she may have been prediabetic. She had stiffness all over her body and was unhappy with her weight. When she saw her doctors at Interfaith Medical Center’s Bishop Orris G. Walker Jr. Health Care Center, in Crown Heights, they gave her the usual treatments for patients in her condition. Then they wrote her a prescription for a [New York] Citi Bike.
John was skeptical [at first]. … Eventually, John, who lives on Social Security and other government assistance in Bed-Stuy, got on a Citi Bike and started riding laps around a nearby school three days a week. In combination with other treatments, she says, her Citi Bike rides have led to her losing about twenty pounds, and she is no longer considered prediabetic. “I have the energy to go and go,” she said.”
I’ve noticed all the stations I encounter are going dockless. I wonder how that works. What’s to stop someone from just up and taking a bike?
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