The launch will kick-off with an event in Occidental Park at 11 a.m., then members who signed up for a chance to give bikes their first rides will hop on a Pronto bike and take it to a dock. So I don’t know what you’re planning to do to celebrate Seattle’s first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but biking around Prontos sounds like a lot of fun (I’m in St. Louis, so I’ll miss it, sadly).
In other Pronto news, the organization announced via Twitter that crews have installed all 50 stations already, and they are working to get the bikes ready to roll out. This is really happening, Seattle is only five days away from being the first big Pacific Northwest city to have a public bikes system.
Free Pronto Street Skills class
Are you interested in Pronto, but don’t feel confident that you know how to bike safely on busy downtown streets? You can do it! Take the lane and, if there is no bike lane, bike like you are driving a car.
But if some simple words of encouragement on a blog are not enough to instill confidence, then Cascade Bicycle Club has just the class for you: Pronto Street Skills. This free class will get you out on a bike and will teach you how to safely navigate streets that do not yet have good bike lanes so you can get where you need to go.
Geared towards new riders and new users of Pronto Cycle Share, this class covers bicycling basics and will answer any other questions you have about bicycling.
We will answer these common questions:
- How do I choose a route when biking?
- How do I safely ride with vehicle traffic?
- Can I ride on the sidewalk? What about pedestrians?
- There are so many lanes! How do I pick the right one?
- How can I avoid a pothole or other obstacles?
- How do I fit my helmet properly?
This class is free and open to the public. No registration required – just come to one of the offerings listed below!
Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Children’s Hospital (Laurelhurst)
11 a.m. – Noon 4800 Sand Point Way NE
River Entrance, River 3905 (right inside entrance to bldg)
Wednesday, Oct 22 at Idea Space (International District/Chinatown)
Noon – 1 p.m. 409 Maynard Ave S, Suite P8 (between S Jackson St & S King St)
Legacy Community Hall Conference Room
Wednesday, Oct. 29 at PATH (South Lake Union)
Noon – 1 p.m.
2201 Westlake Ave. Suite 200 Room 220