Winter weather conditions may affect the functionality of the Healthy Ride system. While we can anticipate and respond to winter weather as conditions arise, we want our riders to be safe and prepared for all of the different winter weather scenarios. Here are our recommendations for different winter weather conditions:
When temperatures are consistently hovering below 30 degrees, Healthy Ride encounters challenges with battery life on bicycles. Freezing temperatures have an adverse effect on battery life.
Ride with caution. Consider alternate transportation if you’re not confident riding in snow or potentially icy conditions.
We suggest using alternative transportation until the roads have been cleared, that our team has been able to clear stations of snow, and that the roads are ready for riding.
During these storms we strongly suggest using an alternative form of transportation. In the event of a snowstorm that Pittsburgh anticipates receiving over 5” of snow, the Healthy Ride team will require ample time to clear stations of snow and ensure bicycles are available for rent. While our team will diligently clear snow from stations, this process may take several days. In addition, this gives the City of Pittsburgh time to clear safe bicycle routes. Extreme winter storms may require a complete shutdown of the Healthy Ride system.
Remember, you can report unsafe routes to Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Center. For more information, click here.
Safety is a top priority to Healthy Ride. If weather conditions threaten the safety of our riders, we will temporarily suspend service for all customers. Bikes already in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Healthy Ride station.
In the event that Pittsburgh receives a storm of any kind that may interfere with the safety of our riders and will result in a full system closure, we will notify all of our registered users via our newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, and to the homepage of our website. If you want to ensure you are subscribed to our newsletter, simply check your account settings by logging into your account via the app “nextbike” or HealthyRidePGH.com.