- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Five hundred bicycles will hit the streets this weekend when the city’s Healthy Ride bike-share program debuts.

The bikes will be available for short-term rental at 50 kiosks in 11 city areas starting Sunday morning, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1LCZopZ ).

Downtown, Oakland, North Side, South Side and Shadyside are among locations earmarked for the service. Riders can rent a bike at one station and leave it at any other when they are finished.

David White, executive director of Pittsburgh Bike Share, said “a wide range of ages, backgrounds and experience levels” will be able to ride.

The bikes have wide tires and cushy seats, a storage rack, fenders to knock down splashes, front and rear lights, step-through frames for easy mounts and dismounts, and seven gears.

Cable locks also come with the bikes that can be used when parking at places other than the kiosks. Onboard GPS technology will enable tracking if a bike goes missing.

“I think it’s a great bicycling city already,” White said of the Steel City. “And there’s a tremendous momentum toward making this a wonderful, world-class bicycling city.”

People can register for the service online, by phone or at a kiosk.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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