Two holy grails of bike-share service are increasing access to people without credit card accounts and integration with the local transit fare system. In Pittsburgh, local bike-share operator Healthy Rides is doing both simultaneously.
People who have a ConnectCard, the Pittsburgh region’s RFID-based transit farecard, now have access to unlimited bike-share trips of 15 minutes or less, reports Stephani Cox at Better Bike Share.
Cox spoke to Healthy Rides Executive Director David White about how the ConnectCard integration works “without requiring any registration on the customer’s part”:
To access the free 15 minutes of ride time, all an individual has to do is tap their ConnectCard on a bike share kiosk, input their phone number, and use the PIN number texted to their phone to access the bike. After the first use, the ConnectCard is linked to bike share, and all that is required is to tap the card on the desired bike.
There’s currently no limit on how many free rides can be taken. Someone could theoretically use the bikes all day, as long as they made sure to check the bike back in every 15 minutes. If someone does exceed their 15 minutes of free ride time, they will get a text asking them to register and pay for the overage before continuing to use the system.
Click here to read the full article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/10/09/in-pittsburgh-transit-passes-come-with-bike-share-access-at-no-extra-charge/