So, I’m still out of town (in Chicago now), so I still have not ridden a Pronto bike. And to think I call myself a bike blogger!
Now that you’ve had a few days to get used to the system, how are things going?
Looking at bike distribution data, it does not appear that there are any critical unbalancing issues yet. For example, there are fewer bikes at Capitol Hill stations fewer empty docks downtown as of late morning on a work day, which is exactly what you’d expect. But so far, no stations are completely full and no Capitol Hill stations are completely empty (the only empty station is on the edge of the service area near Key Arena).
Oliver O’Brien’s bike share tracking website is a great tool to visualize bike distribution, as is the official Pronto station map. The Spotcycle mobile app is a great way to make sure your dock has a bike for you when you’re on the run. If you want to use Pronto data in your app or project, here the link to the feed (at I think so, I don’t know what any of it means).
One size never fits all
Though the bikes and helmets are designed to fit a whole lot of people of different sizes, some people have reported issues. Sounds like you can’t be much taller than 6’2″ or so and expect the bikes to fit very well. This might mean that the Arcade-made bikes have a lower height maximum than the Bixi bikes used in other cities like New York and Chicago, which apparently have a height limit around 6’8″. But the Bixi bikes have been a challenge for people in the 5′ range. If you are on the tall or short end of the Pronto limits, what has your experience been like?
Others reported that the free helmets are too tight for those with larger craniums, but Pronto says more helmet sizes are on order.
Geekwire’s Taylor Soper has a good post about his first ride on the system, which includes screenshots of the check-out process. It’s a pretty positive review considering the machine swallowed his friend’s credit card (has that happened to anyone else?).
As the Urbanist reports, Pronto is throwing a series of free neighborhood rides this month. Details:
Capitol Hill – Saturday, 10/18 @ 1PM
Start: Pine and 16th End: Seattle Central College
South Lake Union – Sunday, 10/19 @ 1PM
Start: REI (Yale and John) End: SLU Park
Seattle Center/Waterfront – Saturday, 10/25 @ 1 PM
Start: Key Arena End: Pier 69
Downtown – Sunday, 10/26 @ 1 PM
Start: 2nd and University End: 6th and King
Let us know your thoughts on Pronto so far below.