July 23, 2019

Rider Profile: Molly K.

Healthy Ride is creating a series of rider profiles to feature some of our riders and showcase how they use the system. If you would like to be featured, please fill out our survey.

How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?

Born in the suburbs, left for school, moved back to the city 5 years ago.

If this is your hometown, what’s your fondest memory about growing up in Pittsburgh? Did you bike as a child, and do you have any biking memories?

I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house in Edgeworth where I’d bike all over the neighborhood and to the playground. I also remember biking with my dad, walking my bike up the hill in Emsworth before riding to Bellevue and back. Despite my preference for the city now, I appreciate the relatively calm roads of the suburbs I grew up in.

How long have you used the bike share program, and how do you use the bikes? (i.e. you bike to work, school, church)

I’ve used the bike share for a year now. I had been using it to commute from my old apartment, now I use it to make short trips around town and to connect with public transportation (love the free 15 minutes with a Connect card!).

What year did you start biking?

I learned to ride when I was 5 or 6 and have been on and off ever since. Just within the last year, when I first started using Healthy Ride, have I really picked up biking as an adult.

What are your favorite places to bike in Pittsburgh, and why?

My old commute was through Panther Hollow and into town on the Eliza Furnace trail. It was a nice and quiet ride and so convenient.

Complete the following sentence. I love Healthy Ride’s bike share program, because…

It’s a quick and easy way to get around town without worrying about locking up my own bike. I also appreciate the ability to grab a bike and go when I’ve missed a bus or don’t feel like walking.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Healthy Ride is so easy to use and really makes life easier. Just today when I left the YMCA for work and another bus wasn’t coming for 20 minutes, I grabbed a bike and coasted into downtown. I’d also like to give credit to Bike Pittsburgh for getting me on the city streets with their Confident City Cycling class!



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