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