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Adaptive bikes available for rent in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/10/2024

Jun. 10—Riders with disabilities, families, and even people looking to move heavy items now have access to a bevy of bike options thanks to a new fleet recently announced by Pittsburgh's bike share nonprofit.

Bike Share Pittsburgh announced last week a new Adaptive POGOH program that allows users to rent seven unique cycles to suit a variety of riders. Users can now rent for free a tandem bicycle, a hand tricycle, an adult tricycle, a low-step through bicycle, a cargo bicycle, a side-by-side tricycle, and a recumbent bicycle.

The adaptive-use bikes are available for rent at Eliza Furnace Trailhead Lot at Swinburne Street in the city's South Oakland neighborhood. The bikes are available every Sunday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September, according to a release.

David White, executive director for Bike Share Pittsburgh, said the new bikes will allow people with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the POGOH fleet, which includes over 300 electric-assist bikes and more than 200 pedal bikes at dozens of stations across the city.

"Today we're making progress to make short bicycle trips possible for people of all ages and abilities," White said in a release. "Our adaptive fleet is ready to help residents and visitors explore our city."

Adaptive POGOH will operate separately from the traditional POGOH network, and the special bikes must be returned to the Eliza Furnace Trailhead Lot.

The goal is to "broaden the offerings of bikeshare to include people who are not currently served by the traditional bikes currently in the station-based bikeshare fleet."

For example, the hand tricycle allows for riders with limited or no use of their legs to ride. The cargo bike allows the transport of heavy materials or service animals with people on their rides. The side-by-side tricycle offers the option for those who are hesitant to ride or have anxiety about riding alone, and it allows both riders the opportunity to steer, brake, and easily control speed while pedaling independently.

Reservations can be made in advance, and walk-ups are accepted pending availability. Riders must be at least 18 years old.

Ryan Deto is a TribLive reporter covering politics, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County news. A native of California'sBay Area, he joined the Trib in 2022 after spending more than six years covering Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh City Paper, including serving as managing editor. He can be reached at rdeto@triblive.com.

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