In the latest attempt to solve what’s known as the “last-mile problem” to encourage greater transit use, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has turned to bicycles. The Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh’s mass transit agency has partnered with the city’s nonprofit bike-share program to offer free bike rides for Port Authority bus riders.
Pittsburgh Bike Share will offer unlimited 15-minute bike rides for Port Authority ConnectCard holders through March 31. The company operates 50 Healthy Ride bike share stations throughout the city.
Pittsburgh Bike Share Executive Director David White told the paper that Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to offer free bike share rides to public transit users. The aim is to get transit riders to consider bike use as an alternative transportation option. The free rides are being offered at no cost to the Port Authority.
Riders will use their ConnectCards to unlock bikes. Two stations in the Golden Triangle were set up to use the cards when the program was rolled out on Sept. 28, and the rest should be enabled this week as Pittsburgh Bike Share implements a technology upgrade.
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