Why Are Some of Healthy Ride’s Bicycle Stations Vanishing in Pittsburgh?
It’s only temporary, and the company says it has big changes planned for 2022, including the addition of electric bikes to the fleet.
If you’re an avid cyclist, you may have noticed that some of Healthy Ride’s bike kiosks have vanished. But fear not — these changes are temporary, and Healthy Ride says they’re a prelude to bigger and better things.
On Monday, Mayor Bill Peduto, the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure and Healthy Ride announced the Pittsburgh Bike Share Electrification and Mobility Hubs Project, which will be part of Healthy Ride’s operational overhaul. Electric-assist bikes, or e-bikes, will be added to Healthy Ride’s fleet of traditional pedal bicycles, furthering alternative transit options in the city.
The program also includes racks fitted with docking hardware for scooters like the little orange Spin scooters that took the streets by storm over the summer. On-street charging stations will be available for e-bikes, too.
The United States Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program has awarded $900,000 for the project, according to a press release, and the City will be supporting the grant with an additional $225,000.
“Creating greater access to equitable mobility options has been a cornerstone of my administration,” Peduto said in the release. “Ensuring our residents have access to quality transportation creates greater opportunity for all citywide.”
The electric-assist bikes are part of Healthy Ride’s mission to launch an entirely new bikeshare system next year — and the removal of the 50 stations around the city will make room for this change and more.
While more than 50 stations will still remain, removed stations will be out of commission for 2022, according to a statement released on Healthy Ride’s website.
“We know this removal will not come without impact to our customers, but it is essential,” the company said in the release. “Our goal is to consistently expand year over year and bring back more stations to your neighborhood and connect new communities to the bikeshare network in Pittsburgh.”
All of the bicycles in the current fleet will be replaced next year, too, and functional bikes will be donated through the Recycle A Bicycle program. The program, while still in the planning stage, aims to donate all of the more-than-400 Healthy Ride bikes to organizations and groups that will find new homes for them with people who need them most.
They’re currently looking for people and organizations that can help rehome fleets of 10+ bikes, with a request form for single bikes to come later.
Below is a list of the stations that will be temporarily out of commission.
- 42nd Street & Penn Avenue
- 12th Street & Penn Avenue
- 11th Street & Penn Avenue
- Ninth Street & Penn Avenue
- Grant Street & Strawberry Way
- Ross Street & Sixth Avenue
- Ross Street & Fourth Avenue
- Third Avenue & Stanwix Street
- Wood Street & Sixth Avenue
- Smithfield Street & Fourth Avenue
- First Avenue & Smithfield Street
- East Liberty Boulevard + Negley
- Penn Avenue & South Atlantic Avenue
- North Winebiddle Street & Penn Avenue
- Roup Avenue & Friendship Avenue
- Eccrue Way & Bennett Street
- Hamilton Avenue & North Dallas Avenue
- Hamilton Avenue & Zodiac Way
- Frankstown Avenue & East Liberty Boulevard
- East Liberty Boulevard & Larimer Avenue
- Butler Street & Stanton Avenue
- Butler Street & 48th Street
- Penn Avenue & 39th Street
- Liberty Avenue & 37th Street
- Arch Street & Jacksonia Street
- West General Robinson Street
- North Craig Street & Fifth Avenue
- Fifth Avenue & South Dithridge Street
- Tennyson Avenue & Fifth Avenue
- Forbes Avenue & South Craig Street
- Semple Street & Louisa Street
- Ohara & Desoto
- Shady Avenue & Ellsworth Avenue
- Walnut Street & College Street
- Forbes Avenue & Murray Avenue
- Wightman Street & Forbes Avenue
- Schenley Drive & Forbes Avenue
- Beacon Street & Murray Avenue
- Hobart Street & Wightman Street
- Smallman Street & 31st Street
- 24th Street & Smallman Street
- 14th Street & Penn Avenue
- Penn & 29th
- PPG Paints Arena
- Fifth Avenue & Miltenberger Street
- Stevenson Street & Forbes Avenue
- McAnulty Drive & Forbes Avenue
- South 25th Street & East Carson Street
- South 22nd Street & East Carson Street
- Stanton Avenue & North Negley Avenue