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Bike Happy: Nation’s largest e-bikeshare system

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this comprehensive weekly newsletter.


  1. Seattle is home to the nation’s largest e-bikeshare system.
  2. In the last 7 years, the percentage of commuters driving alone into downtown has dropped 10 points.
  3. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, speak up for better bike parking in new buildings at a public hearing on parking legislation.
  4. Attend “One Man, Two Wheels,” a play written and performed by Henry James Walker this weekend (Thursday–Saturday, 7:30pm), at the 18th & Union Arts Space.

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  • Mark Kristofferson, a Lake Stevens resident, was killed by a driver while riding in the Tour de Palm Springs in California (Everett HeraldNBC).





  • Bikeshare
    • LimeBike now has 500 e-bikeshare bikes (they call them “Lime-Es”) on Seattle’s streets and sidewalks — the largest e-bikeshare system in the nation. With a capped e-assist at 14.8 mph and 60-pound weight, they’re steady but not speedy. Eventually, Lime-Es will comprise 40% of LimeBike’s Seattle fleet. (Seattle Bike BlogGeekWireCurbedKIROKOMOMyNorthwestIntelligent TransportPR NewswireSmart CitiesPatch).
    • “While highly visible, bikeshare abuse is not that widespread,” UW Daily.
    • “Bikeshare ultimatum: pick up your toys, or we’ll pick them up for you,” KUOW.
    • As a prank, someone put 40 Lime bikes in a friend’s yard for his 40th birthday (KIRO).
    • “Why bike sharing companies want to play nice with Seattle,” KUOW.
    • Comparing Lime, ofo, and Spin (Curbed SeattleQueen Anne & Magnolia News).
    • “How do Seattle’s bike share companies make money?” KUOW.
    • “Seattle bike share Limebike accuses Ofo of unfair business practices,” KOMO.
    • “Mobike posts Seattle job openings—but has no plans for a local launch,” Curbed.
    • Are you ready for scooter-share? e-scooter-share? (Tech Crunch).
  • Bike Theft
    • During ride-along video, UWPD officer discusses a bait bike program and the importance of registering bikes on Bike Index (UW Daily).
    • Reports of bike theft to UWPD are down 43% (UW Daily).
  • Helmet Law
    • During ride-along video, UWPD officer discusses current lax approach to enforcing helmet law and hope for a crack down on campus in 2019 (UW Daily).
  • Seattle Commute Mode Shares
    • From 2010 to 2017, the percentage of commuters driving alone into Downtown Seattle has dropped from 35% to 25%.  While the percentage of people biking has stayed flat (3%), the number of employees has increased, which means the total number of the people biking has increased, too. (CurbedSeattle Times)
  • Seattle Infrastructure
    • Seattle residents submitted more than 1,000 ideas for small street and parks improvements for the Your Voice Your Choice program (DON)
    • SDOT shelved planned improvements to Fauntleroy Blvd until Sound Transit makes alignment and construction decisions regarding the West Seattle Light Rail line (Urbanist).
    • SDOT ditched planned bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Broadway (CHS Blog).
    • “SDOT Plans to Remove Hostile Architecture,” Next City.
    • “Biking in Magnolia and Interbay Got a Lot Easier with Recent SDOT Project,” Urbanist.
    • “Understanding the Burke-Gilman Trail’s Legal Battle,” Seattle Met.
    • Opinion Letter Against Northgate Pedestrian Bridge (Seattle Times).
  • Bainbridge
    • Competing letters to the Bainbridge Island Review regarding reducing speed limits, for & against.
  • Kirkland
    • In the state capital budget, Kirkland received $2.5 million to connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor toward the Redmond Central Connector and the Eastside Rail Corridor toward Woodinville (Kirkland Reporter).
  • East Lake Sammamish Trail
    • The City of Sammamish Hearing Examiner denied a permit for the final phase of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. King County will appeal the decision to the State Shoreline Hearings Board. (Issaquah Reporter).
  • Edmonds
    • The design work for the Waterfront Connector, a new bike-ped and emergency vehicle connection between Main & West Dayton Streets over the rail tracks, continues to make progress (Edmonds Beacon).
  • Pierce County
    • The Tacoma-Pierce County Healthy Board announced the winners of its 2017 Healthy Community Awards, including the Puyallup Active Transportation Plan (Suburban Times).
  • State Legislature
    • “Olympia Update: Bike Priorities Continue to Progress at the Capitol,” Cascade.
      • An e-bike bill passed out of the Senate, and the House moved their e-bike bill out of the transportation committee.
      • I’m pretty sure a bill that would’ve strengthened the Vulnerable User Law didn’t make a key deadline yesterday, so it is likely dead.





In the past week, six bikes were reported stolen to the Seattle Police Department. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike IndexBicycle Security Advisors provides information on how to keep your bike safe.


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