Bike sharing visits Pittsburgh

By Adam Newman

Bike sharing is not yet available here in our hometown of Pittsburgh, but the B-Cycle program stopped by today to give a demonstration and drum up local support for the popular and rapidly expanding program.

The first B-Cycle bike sharing city was Denver, which began in the spring of 2010, and now the program has quickly spread to a dozen cities in North America, with several more on the way.

Anyone who wants to use a bike can sign one out with a daily, weekly, monthly or annual charge, and return it to any other station, making one-way trips a breeze.

The bikes are also specially designed for the program, with easy, step-thru frames, comfortable and adjustable seats, internal hubs and brakes, a large basket and an integrated lock. I got to ride one today and found it was perfectly suited for cruising around on or off a sidewalk, though the hefty front end would benefit from wider handlebars and the kickstand is a bit short, allowing the bike to lean over pretty far when parked.

We’ll keep you posted if B-Cycle begins a program here in Pittsburgh, but we think the city is ready. Read what local columnist Brian O’Neill had to say about it.

Visit BCycle.com to learn more about the program.

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