Be prepared before you bike! Whether you're a pro cyclist or a first-time rider, we have compiled a series of helpful tips to ensure your next bike ride is both fun and safe.
Become Familiar with Healthy Ride Bikes
Familiarize yourself with Healthy Ride bikes and know how to evaluate a bike before you begin riding!
Adjust Seat Height
To adjust the height of a Healthy Ride bike seat, release the clamp on the side of the seat post, raise or lower the seat to your preferred height, and re-tighten the clamp. Typically, a seat is at the right height when you can fully straighten your legs while pedaling.
Check your Healthy Ride bike's tires by pushing each tire hard against a curb or the ground. If you can flatten it, it needs air. Turn each wheel slowly and look for cuts, bulges, or bubbles in the tire.
Test your Healthy Ride bike's brakes by giving each wheel a spin to check that it does not catch against the brake pads or anything else.
Inspect the chain, pedals, lights, and frame for any additional damage. Report damages to the Pittsburgh Bike Share through the NextBike app or by calling their customer service center at (412) 535-5189.
Healthy Ride How-To
Pennsylvania Bicycle Laws
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains laws to ensure that cyclists can safely navigate streets alongside motor vehicles and pedestrians. We ask that everyone riding a bike on campus become familiar with these laws and abide by them at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. Review the Pennsylvania Bicycle Drivers Manual before putting the pedal to the metal!
Keep these rules in mind when biking around campus:
- Do not ride on sidewalks.
- Do not ride in dedicated bus lanes.
- Always yield to pedestrians.
- Stop at red lights and stop signs.
- Do not wear headphones while biking.
- Do not ride against traffic.
Although helmets are not required by law in Pennsylvania, we strongly encourage all riders to wear one while biking, especially those who are new to cycling in our city.
Plan Your Route
Plan your route before you pedal! Use the NextBike app to find the closest Healthy Ride station to your starting point, stations along your route, and final destination.
View the Pittsburgh Bike Map to find the bike lanes, trails, and shared streets to get to your destination.
Pro tip: Google Maps, Apple Maps, Transit, and Citymapper are helpful apps to use when planning your next route. Google Maps will show you what hills you’ll tackle along your route, while Transit integrates Healthy Ride stations into the route.
Additional Safety Tips
Visit Healthy Ride's site to learn more about safety tips and tricks while riding a Healthy Ride bike.