Pronto is six months old, launches week of price cuts & deals

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Six month ago today, Seattle got bike share. Since that day in rainy October, people have completed more than 46,000 trips and biked 87,000 miles. That’s the equivalent of three and a half times around the Earth.

To celebrate and get ready for the system’s first Bike Month and summertime surge, Pronto is offering deals on memberships and 24-hour passes all this week. So if you have been thinking about giving Pronto a try, this could be the week to do it. Annual passes are $6 off, and daily passes are $2 off.

For those not familiar with how it works, the annual pass is a killer deal. You get unlimited 30-minute trips for an entire year for only $85 ($79 this week). As SDOT Director Scott Kubly joked recently, a regular user might just save that much money in annual shoe costs. Annual pass holders also save time because they can just use their key fob to check out bikes, skipping the need to use the kiosk entirely.

24-hour passes are based on your credit card. You only pay once, and get unlimited 30-minute trips for the next 24 hours. Just swipe your credit card again so the system knows who you are. It’s easy, and this week only costs $6 to try.

And one try is often all it takes to get hooked. While the system is definitely awesome for people who live within the Pronto range, it can also be very useful for making the “last mile” connection between a bus route and your destination. Express buses are great at traveling long distances, but they can’t serve every destination. Don’t bother transferring to that slow local bus downtown to get to your workplace or an event, use Pronto. It’s also very useful for midday errands, lunch trips, etc.

If you have an iPhone or Android, the Spotcycle app is great for finding station locations and seeing how many bikes or open spaces are at each dock. Pronto data is also included in the Transit App.

If you want to help celebrate bike share in Seattle, Pronto is hosting a series of events this week:

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – 5:30-7:30pm: Pronto Week Party
We’re throwing a big ol’ party for Pronto Annual Members. Not a member? Find one to buddy up with! Join us at ACT Theatre’s Bullitt Cabaret and:

  • Enjoy a complimentary cold one (or two) from our pals at Hilliard’s Beer & Peddler Brewing Company
  • Watch local tattoo artists throw down one-of-a-kind designs on Bern helmets
  • Your non-member friends can score an Annual Membership for $75
  • Grab a free raffle ticket and keep your fingers crossed for prizes from Timbuk2, Bern, Zipcar, CitySeat & more
  • Bust a move and snap a photo with our favorite DJ, L.A. Kendall, and an interactive photo booth courtesy of The Snap Bar

There’s limited space, so get movin’ on that RSVP, and party on…

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 – 9:30am: #SolveSnapWin Photo Scavenger Hunt
The hunt is on! Grab your camera and your bestie, and join us for our first ever Photo Scavenger Hunt with Glazer’s Camera. Hunters have 2 hours to solve clues and snap photos for prizes from Pacific Science Center, EMP, Cinerama, yours truly, and more! Pronto Annual Members save $15 on registration, so snap your spot with an RSVP.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 – 10am: Pronto Street Skills
Wanna learn a few tips on riding in traffic, choosing your route, or a bike lane? Our friends at Cascade Bicycle Club are offering an introductory class on urban biking and bike commuting…Pronto style!

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3 Responses to Pronto is six months old, launches week of price cuts & deals

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  2. asdf2 says:

    The article neglects to mention that Pronto memberships are subject to sales taxes, so the actual price is closer to $87 than $79. Why bike share is subject to taxes is beyond me. An exemption seems like the least the city or state could do to help the program be successful.

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