Pronto launched in mid-October, just as the rain rolled in and temperatures dropped. So we do not yet have a clear picture of how popular Pronto will be during peak biking weather, though this time has given the Pronto team a chance to work out bugs in the system.
But even in rainy weather, people have biked a total of 43,010 miles on Pronto bikes. That is equivalent to biking around the equator once, then getting 3/4 of the way around again, just in a bit over three months.
On the flip side, the system is averaging half a trip per bike per day, a number that they’re gonna need to grow to meet system use in other successful bike share cities. For example, Capital Bikeshare in DC — which has had several years to establish itself and grow — averaged a bit over two rides per bike per day in November, but nearly four rides per bike per day in September (data from the CaBi Dashboard).
This summer is going to be a big test of Pronto and whether Seattle will fully embrace the concept. It will also be a chance for us to figure out what might be holding riders back, and what effect the county’s rare all-ages helmet law is having on the system. Helmet laws have been known to diminish ridership in bike share systems, though Pronto has tried to lessen this effect by offering free helmet rentals at all stations.
Every station in the top ten most active list is on Capitol Hill or in the city center. No U District station makes the list. This could be because the U District stations are pretty much isolated from the city center (especially since Eastlake is such an unfriendly place to bike), though I am surprised more UW students are not taking advantage of the quick rides around campus. Or maybe they are, but the bustling and dense central neighborhoods simply have far more demand for a quick way to go a short distance.
As expected, it does seem that stations higher up Capitol Hill are more likely to be an origin station than a destination station. This suggests people are more likely to take the bikes downhill than they are to take one up a big hill (though the lack of comfortable bike infrastructure out of downtown could also play a big role. Biking up Pike is a scary experience). But it’s not entirely clear how much elevation plays a role in station use. This would be an awesome data study project for any of you out there who like to do that kind of stuff. Hint hint, wink wink.
Below are some more system stats from Pronto. Notice anything interesting? Let us know in the comments.
- 5,485 System Users: We had 1,984 annual members sign on along with 3,501 casual users of the system (those who purchased a 24 hour or 3 day pass).
- 21,026 Total Trips Taken: Averaged out, we’ve had 262 trips per day.
- 34,931 lbs. of CO2 Reduced: 1,778 gallons of gasoline would emit that same amount of carbon dioxide.
- 43,010 Total Miles Clocked: We totally made it around the world in 80 days. In fact, we circled the globe 1.72 times. In 80 days. Bam!
- 1,677,390 Calories Burned: 11,981 cans of cola have the same amount of calories.
So, let’s talk stations. What were the most popular?
Top 10 Origin Stations
(number of trips in parenthesis)
- E. Harrison St. & Broadway Ave E. Group Health Station (849)
- Yale Ave N. & John St. REI Station (808)
- 3rd Ave. & Pike St. (768)
- E. Pine St. & 16th Ave. (747)
- Westlake Ave. & 6th Ave. Group Health Station (679)
- 11th Ave. & Pine St. (677)
- 2nd & Vine St. (676)
- 15th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St. Group Health Station (639)
- 9th Ave. & Westlake Ave. Group Health Station (601)
- Alaskan Way & Clay St. REI Station (571)
Top 10 Destination Stations
(number of trips parenthesis)
- 3rd. Ave & Pike St. (996)
- 7th Ave. & Pine St. Seattle Children’s Hospital Station (874)
- Yale Ave. N. & John St. REI Station (852)
- 9th Ave. & Westlake Ave. Group Health Station (792)
- Occidental Ave. S. & S. Washington (790)
- Westlake Ave. & 6th Ave. Group Health Station (730)
- 2nd Ave. & University St. Sher Kung Memorial Station (703)
- Alaskan Way & Clay St. REI Station (674)
- E. Harrison St. & Broadway Ave. E. Group Health Station (657)
- 1st Ave. & Marion St. (655)