Ride Safe

Every mode of transportation has its risks. Riding a bike is no different. Know how to ride safe before you rent.

Before Your Ride



Meet Your Bike 


Inspect Your Bike 


Adjust Seat Height

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 almost fully straighten your legs when pedaling.


Check Tires

Push 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 Brakes

Give 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 Pittsburgh Bike Share either by the nextbike app or call customer service at (412) 535-5189.


Bring a Helmet 


  • Wear it level on your head, about two finger-widths above your eyebrows.
  • Your helmet should fit snugly on your head and not rock side-to-side. Use the foam pads that came with the helmet or the internal adjuster to fine-tune.
  • Always buckle the chin strap and make sure the straps are snug. Only about two fingers should fit beneath the chin strap.
  • Replace your helmet after any crash or whenever you see signs of damage.







Plan Your Ride


Healthy Ride Stations – What’s the closest station to you? What’s the closest station to your destination? Know where you’re headed for a safer ride.

Ride Spot – Ride with us virtually! Our Community Ambassadors have created routes that riders of all experience levels can explore.

Bike Pgh Map – It’s Pittsburgh’s most comprehensive bike routes map, and this year it will include all Healthy Ride Station Locations. Print maps are available at most cycling shops in Pittsburgh – get yours.

Google Maps – Plan your ride with Google Maps and see what hills you may have to tackle. Note: Google doesn’t always consider safest routes.









During Your Ride


Be Aware / Be Predictable

Ride four feet away from parked cars to avoid “the door zone”

Use hand signals

Avoid riding in car’s blindspots

Ride in a straight line

Use the bell to alert others of your presence

Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians before passing

Never use headphones or your cellphone while riding

Always ride with traffic

Do not ride on the sidewalk

Obey all traffic signals

Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk

Always wear a helmet



When turning left, check if the coast is clear, then signal as you get into position in the turning lane. Signal again then turn left.

For more information on how to ride safely and confidently, check out BikePGH’s educational videos.






Check out BikePGH’s Biking 101 guide for more information.



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