Bike share in Pittsburgh will have the following features:
Users may purchase a membership online or at a station with a credit card. Memberships can range from a year to just 24-hours.
With a membership, a user has unlimited “free” rides, usually of 30 to 60 minutes, within the membership period. After the designated “free” time expires, additional usage fees begin to accrue. This model encourages short trips, ensuring that the bikes are continually returned to the nearest station and made available for the next customer.
The bikes are very durable and have adjustable seats to provide a comfortable ride for members of various heights. Most bikes are designed to be upright with step-through frames and easy gearing.
A user may take a bike from one station and return it to any other station in the system. This facilitates on-way trips, which can be convenient for commuting. This system is open 24-hours, 7-days a week during the season.
Each station has wireless communication that transmits real-time information about the number of available bikes and empty docks. This information can be viewed online or using a smartphone.
The bikes and stations are regularly maintained by an operations company to ensure that you have a smooth ride. A 24-hour customer service line is available if you encounter any problems.