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On Friday, July 9, Pittsburgh officials announced a new pilot program that aims to give people without a car better options for getting to where they need to go, whether by public transport, mopeds, car sharing. bicycles or electric scooters. The initiative is called Move PGH and it provides in-person ‘mobility hubs’ that aim to make multimodal travel in the city easy and convenient for people without smartphones by giving them access to buses, self-service bicycles, electric scooters and mopeds, all at kiosks located throughout the city of Pittsburgh.

In addition to the mobility hubs, the city is also partnering with the Transit app, which allows smartphone users to view real-time information on buses and trams, the location of free bike stations. service and locations of electric scooters for rent. . Information about Pittsburgh’s public transportation and bike sharing has been available on the Transit app for some time, but on July 9, information about electric scooters was added.

Eventually, people should be able to afford and locate Port Authority transit, Healthy Ride Bike Share, Scoobi mopeds, and Spin electric scooters, all on the Transit app in Pittsburgh. The Healthy Ride bike sharing will also soon include e-bikes, also known as e-bikes. The aim is to provide “last mile” connections for people who do not have access to a car. In Pittsburgh, about 25% of car trips are less than a mile in length.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the initiative is the first of its kind in the United States to bring together several different mobility providers.

“Transport mobility is the key to economic mobility and a major determinant of health, education and household well-being,” Peduto said in a press release. “In Pittsburgh, too many residents are on a missed bus or puncture to lose their jobs or miss a critical appointment.

The two-year pilot program also includes a “Universal Basic Mobility” pilot, which will provide up to 100 low-income local residents with monthly transit passes and shared mobility services.

Sharing of electric scooters begins July 9, and scooters are permitted on city streets, bike lanes, and footpaths. It is forbidden to drive electric scooters on sidewalks. Karina Ricks, director of the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, said scooters should be parked on the street in parking spaces and can also be parked near bike racks. Electric scooters can also be left at the loading docks, which are located throughout the city, but this is not required.

Ricks says the motivation for this pilot program was to help people without access to a car have better options for getting around, and says that offering self-service bicycles and electric scooters near major Transit stations can go a long way in providing transit users with faster commutes.

“It’s a pilot, it’s a test, but we are convinced that it can be a model for other cities,” Ricks said at a press conference on July 9.

David White, CEO of self-service bicycle provider Healthy Ride, spoke about how convenient and well-designed the US highway system is, and how easy it is to use, even for new drivers. He said Move PGH is an effort to make travel as convenient as possible for people without a car.

“We’re now at a point where we want to do this for walking, biking and scootering, and anything that doesn’t require a car,” White said.

For example, if your bus stop still leaves you within half a mile of your location, users can purchase a self-service bike or scooter to complete the ride. (Healthy Ride offers free 15-minute rides for users who register their Port Authority ConnectCard.)

One of the biggest differences between what Pittsburgh does compared to other cities is the collaboration between private, public and nonprofit entities. Many US cities with multiple non-auto mobility options have businesses and entities competing with each other. In Pittsburgh, all of the mobility options work together and will ultimately all be accessible through a single app, the Transit app.

Currently, people can unlock Healthy Ride bikes, rent Spin electric scooters, and view real-time Port Authority bus and light rail schedules on the Transit app. Katie Monroe of the Transit app told the press conference that users will eventually be able to rent Scoobi mopeds, Zip Car carsharing and even pay port authority transit fares throughout the journey. Public transport application.

She said 40,000 users currently use the Transit app in Pittsburgh, and 79% of them do not have access to a car, more than a third of them are low income and more than half of them are not white.

The Move the PGH initiative also includes a program to provide free transit and mobility services to 100 low-income people for six months. This universal basic mobility pilot project is supported by the Manchester Citizens Corporation in the North Side, which will provide travel coaching to these people to teach them how to use electric scooters, bike sharing, public transport, etc.

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