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A Fleet of Shareable Bikes Comes to Seattle

Hundreds of shareable bikes will be available for Seattleites beginning Oct. 13. Photo via Facebook by Pronto Cycle Share

On Oct. 13, Seattle will officially welcome its first bike share program.

They have been popping up for awhile now: Solar-powered kiosks and grey bike racks dot the Hill. There are already four stations on Pine, east of I-5, and there are more to come in other locations around Capitol Hill. Soon, they will house hundreds of rave-green bikes.

Beyond First Hill a fleet of bike docking stations will be located strategically across the city, including University District, South Lake Union and downtown.

Eric Kennedy, president of the Seattle University Cycling Club, is optimistic that the bike share program will provide an important service for Seattleites seeking different transportation options, but he remains wary of Seattle’s bike accessibility.

“I think [the bike share system] will satisfy a large demand for a more convenient alternative to mass transit,” Kennedy said. “I’m curious to see how successful the launch will be, especially considering Seattle’s underdeveloped bike infrastructure.”

Annual bike share memberships, which permit unlimited 30-minute rides, can be purchased online for $85. One- or three-day passes are also available for $8 and $16 respectively.

Pronto, the non-profit organization heading the bike share system, plans to eventually include helmet vending machines at every station. Meanwhile, helmets can be used and returned to an unlocked bin, and will be available for free on an honor system.

A reported 330 people signed up for annual memberships when they went on sale in August.

See Pronto’s website for more information.

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