How to Use the Bike Racks on PAT Buses (video)

After 10 pedal pushing years, Pittsburgh buses are now 100% equipped with bicycle racks. That is super exciting news, but for a Rack ‘n Roll newbie, the excitement is dampened by slight apprehension. After all, those bike racks can be intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

What kinda jagoff stands at a bus stop with a bike? Everyone will be looking at me. I don’t wanna deal with the driver’s condescending attitude if I ask for help. What if I make the other riders late? Ah, forget it, I’ll just drive to work.

Thanks to BikePGH and Port Authority for working extremely hard to make sure every single PAT bus is bike friendly. Boring Pittsburgh didn’t want their efforts to be in vain, so we put together a video demonstration to show you how easy it is to be car-free in the Burgh.

Produced by Boring Pittsburgh
Directed/Edited by Dustin aka Immaturity Crew aka @TheBeardyBoy
Bike Rack Instructions by Stuart Strickland aka @Bus15237 aka UnicycleInTransit

“My Other Bike Is A Bike” -Stu


  • Julie8

    Thanks so much for making the video. I’d never tried out a rack because I had a mental image of doing it wrong, my bike falling off, and the bus rolling over it. Now I don’t have to worry!

  • Della Selner

    WOOT WAY TO GO SUPERHERO STU! Love the Bike! love the shirt!

  • Secret Agent L

    great job, stu! and, of course, i ADORE your t-shirt! *wink wink*

    and thanks to pat transit for making this city even more bike-friendly!

  • CMU Student

    I saw a 28X in Oakland without a bike rack today.

  • Stuart Strickland

    There are 14 buses, out of 700, that do not have racks. 11 of these are 15 years old and will be scrapped by the end of 2011. I don’t know the story about the other three.

  • CMU Student

    Why would they scrap a perfectly good bus because it doesn’t have a bike rack? Wouldn’t is make more sense to just install a bike rack? I don’t think they would be over $300.00.

  • Stuart Strickland

    You don’t scrap a perfectly good bus. You simply do not install a piece of equipment on something that not only is due to be scrapped in a couple of weeks but may not even make it that far. There are a bunch of other 15yo buses that do have racks. And yes, the racks do cost more than $300. They’re into 4 digits. (Paid for by a grant, not the often fought over PAT operating budget.)

  • Jen

    OMG Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

  • Karmic Farmer

    I swear I’ve seen that bike before.

  • corndog

    this makes life easier thanks

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