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Bike Share Changes Seattle Safety Equation

by Cathy Tuttle
July 17, 2017

Bike share will test safe Seattle streets

Bike share will test safety of Seattle streets

I’m so excited!

This week, 1000 new orange and green bikes will be magically scattered like confetti throughout Seattle.

@LimeBike has a track record of launching dock-less bike share systems. @SpinCities says it raised $8 million for bike share and eventually wants a fleet of 10,000 bikes in Seattle.

Seattle is the largest market to date for both companies, and Spin and LimeBike will be competing head to head. Each company is allowed to launch a fleet of 500 of their distinctive bright green and orange upright bikes today, another 1,000 next month, and 2,000 the following month.

The beauty of dock-less bike share is the fact you can find a bike anywhere in the service area with an app, unlock a bike with your phone, and ride anywhere for 30 minutes for $1. No search for parking, just find a bike and ride.

Bike Share and Vision Zero

My biggest worry is safety. Not safety of the bikes, that feel solid and reliable, but street safety. The new bike share service areas in Downtown, Central Seattle, Columbia City, Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, Eastlake, Fremont, Ballard, the U-District are filled with high crash corridors and intersections with few miles of protected bike lanes, trails, or greenways.

  • My hope is the thousands of new Spin and LimeBike riders will encourage people driving to become more aware and respectful of people on bikes.
  • I also hope SDOT will quickly build out a fully protected #BasicBikeNetwork downtown and a linked safe network throughout Seattle.
  • Most of all, I hope thousands of people will discover the joy of riding a bike for everyday transportation.

Welcome SpinCities and LimeBike!

Ready for a downtown #BasicBikeNetwork?

Ready for a downtown #BasicBikeNetwork?

 

Urban Village Bike Map connect the dotted lines!

Urban Village Bike Map connect the dotted lines!

 

 

Making Seattle’s Bike Share Affordable for All

Welcome to the neighborhood, Pronto Cycle Share! With 50 stations in Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, and the U-District, the new bike share system is an awesome way to make short trips around town.  Pronto Cycle Share is already getting a lot of use—in the first week, Seattleites made some 500 trips per day.

Phyllis Pronto

Photo courtesy of PubliCola

We’re excited to see more bikes on the roads, but we’re even more excited by the work that Rainier Valley Greenways‘ Phyllis Porter is doing to make sure that Pronto Cycle Share is accessible and affordable for all.

Porter is on Pronto’s Equity Advisory Committee. She’s working on a program that would make annual memberships more affordable for people living in low-income housing. According to the SeattleMet, “The idea is that Pronto will piggyback on Seattle Housing Authority’s screening process to ensure that the cheaper memberships get to low-income Seattleites.” Porter tells us that people in Seattle’s low-income housing programs will be eligible to pay an annual membership fee of $20, $30, or $40, depending on annual median income (the standard membership is $85/year).

Porter says she joined the Equity Committee because she wanted to know how Pronto would make it’s bike share affordable for low-income people in the city.

“There are people that struggle monthly with paying their electric bill. How do you get those people and others in similar situations to join Pronto?  People experiencing hard times may not see riding a bike throughout the city as a first priority. Keeping the lights on would come first.”

The Equity Committee comes to the table monthly to find realistic answers to making Pronto membership accessible to more people across the city. Coupled with the Mayor’s plans to extend the bike share system to the Central District, Yesler Terrace, and Little Saigon in the next couple of years, reduced rate memberships will help make sure the bike share system is working for all of Seattle’s residents, not just the most privileged.