Tune your web browser to prontocycleshare.com and ready your refresh button because memberships for Seattle’s bike share system go on sale at noon Monday.
The system is scheduled to launch next month, and they are counting on a lot of people to buy their $85 annual memberships before the 500 public bikes hit the streets.
To sweeten the pot, the first 600 members will receive a special blue system access key to show off their status as “founding members.” Founding members get exactly the same benefits as regular members, except their special blue Pronto keys guarantee them more friends and will make them more attractive (so I’ve been told).
If you are slow on registering, no worries. After the first 600 are sold, you will still be able to buy regular annual memberships with regular keys, and you’re plenty beautiful just the way you are.
Joking aside, this is a huge step for the bike share system, which will be the first modern public bike system in a major Pacific Northwest city. When it comes to bikes, Seattle is accustomed to following the lead of Portland or Vancouver, BC, so it’s exciting to see the city take the lead on a cycle transportation game-changer like this. All three cities were planning systems at the same time, but Portland and Vancouver balked. All eyes will be on Seattle when Pronto rolls out next month.
More details on the membership launch from Pronto:
It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for! On Monday, August 25, be one of the first 600 to sign up for an annual membership online at www.prontocycleshare.com and receive the coveted status of a Pronto Founding Member. Besides bragging rights and all the street cred that comes with being part of Seattle history, Founding Members will receive an exclusive, limited-edition blue key to access the system. It’s no secret that these are going to sell out fast (Citibike’s 5,000 founding memberships sold out in just 30 hours!), so mark your calendars for noon on August 25th and secure yours before it’s too late!