Bike Pittsburgh is working with the city of Pittsburgh to install bike racks throughout the city. In early 2010, we secured a major victory mandating that bike parking would require new and change-in-use buildings in the city of Pittsburgh to install bike parking.
City of Pittsburgh Bike Rack Request Program
We worked with the City of Pittsburgh to create a bike rack request program. Businesses can request a FREE bike rack for their building that will be installed for public use. Click here for more information.
All of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages have free sheltered bike racks, some even near an attendant. Click here to see a map of all of the garages.
Century Building Bike Parking Center
The Century Building on 7th and Penn, Downtown offers secure covered bike parking inside repurposed shipping containers. For $100 per year, you can rent a space inside the container where only you and the other renters have 24-hour access. There is also a large number of free, outdoor covered bike parking spaces at this location as well. Click here for more details
Parking on the University Campuses
University of Pittsburgh – Information on parking on Pitt’s campus as well as how to get access to their Secure Bicycle Lockers.
Carnegie Mellon University Info on their bicycle policy and parking on campus as well as info on access to their secure bicycle lockers
Purchasing and Installing Bike Racks
You can support BikePGH’s advocacy efforts when you buy a bike rack through us. Click here to find out all you need to know about buying and installing bike racks.
Valet Bicycle Parking
A service that we offer is Valet Bicycle Parking for large events. Click here to find out more.
How to Lock Your Bike
Bike Pittsburgh has received a number of emails lately from people who have had their bikes stolen. Getting your bike stolen causes severe sadness, stress, and irritability. Avoid these symptoms by following these do’s and don’ts:
- Do use a U-lock, or NY-strength chain lock, or better yet, two types of locks
- If you keep your bike in your garage, do make sure it’s locked to something big and heavy, or attached to the inside of the garage itself. A lot of bikes are taken right out of people’s garages.
- Do lock to something secure, not something that can easily be taken apart, or kicked off like a wooden railing.
- Do secure your seatpost and remove any lights and pump/bags from your bike.
- Don’t lock your bike using only a cable lock unless you have one thick cable lock.
- Don’t lock to a chain link fence. The links can easily be cut.
- Don’t lock only your wheel, unless that’s the only part of your bike you want to keep.
- Don’t leave your bike unlocked on your porch. This is the number one “stolen-bike scenario” we hear.
- Don’t lock to a sign post or a parking meter without a sign or a parking meter head.
- Don’t leave your bike locked in one spot for a long period of time.
- Don’t lend your bike to a stranger even if he says he’ll bring it right back. This scenario played itself out right here in Pittsburgh recently.
- Don’t leave your bike unlocked “for only a minute” while you run into a store etc. It takes less than a minute to steal a bike.
- Try your best not to lock your bike to a tree, it can harm them. We know there are often times no other place to lock to in certain parts of town, but if you have to lock a block or two away it could save a tree. City of Pittsburgh, if you’re listening, please at least provide racks in these parts of town where there aren’t even meters to lock to.
How Not to Lock Your Bike: