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How a 20-something SDOT staffer took on a dying program & changed the bike share world

Kyle Rowe was still an undergrad at UW when he started working for SDOT. In a few short years, he would make himself indispensable to the department, take a career risk on a doomed bike share program and somehow turn … Continue reading

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By adding bike share, the Transit App just became the ultimate Seattle car-free mobility tool

I’m trying to get from here to there, and all I have with me is my ORCA card, my phone and my feet. What’s the best way? The Transit App knows. The app for Android and iOS works in cities … Continue reading

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Bellevue considers bike share permits, take their survey today

With thousands of bikes already in operation in Seattle and construction on a second cross-lake bike trail wrapping up in just a couple months, the City of Bellevue is considering its own permits to allow private bike share companies to … Continue reading

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Don’t expect a bike share surge as caps rise to 2K + Seattle bike share makes international news

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated FAQ about bike share in Seattle as well as links to download active companies’ apps and a guide to properly parking your bike share bike. The bike share cap has increased … Continue reading

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ofo launches in Seattle, but their goal is ‘unlocking every corner of the world’

In story after story about ofo, writers trained to capitalize company names write “Ofo.” But there’s a reason to type the name in all lowercase letters: The typography looks a bit like someone riding a bike. ofo This is part … Continue reading

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Spin/LimeBike announce access for people without smart phones or credit cards + Spin offers 50¢ rides for ORCA Lift holders

Spin and LimeBike have both announced new ways for people without smart phones, data plans or a credit/debit card to access their bike share services. People will soon be able to buy pre-paid Spin Access cards at Bike Works in … Continue reading

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Bike share giant ofo announces Thursday launch

Global bike share giant ofo has received its permit from Seattle and will launch 1,000 of its yellow bikes Thursday. Seattle is the company’s first U.S. city, joining Spin and LimeBike on Seattle streets and expanding the city’s $1 free-floating … Continue reading

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Seattle should raise bike share caps sooner so companies can rollout for Labor Day weekend

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated list of bike share companies in Seattle, links to download their apps and a quick rundown on how it all works. No other U.S. city had crafted a permit for private, … Continue reading

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Bike share ridership keeps climbing quickly, Spin and LimeBike start rolling out city’s next 1,000 bikes

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated list of bike share companies in Seattle, links to download their apps and a quick rundown on how it all works. LimeBike says its first 500 bikes saw “about 10,000 rides” … Continue reading

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LimeBike gets 2,000 rides in two days + Both companies announce $30 monthly plans

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated list of bike share companies in Seattle, links to download their apps and a quick rundown on how it all works. People took 2,000 rides on LimeBike in two days, the … Continue reading

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With ceremonial unlocking, LimeBike officially launches + LimeRide Saturday

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated list of bike share companies in Seattle, links to download their apps and a quick rundown on how it all works. LimeBike started rolling out its 500 bikes en masse Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Spin smashes Pronto ridership in week one, announces improved bikes

See our Seattle Bike Share Guide for an updated list of bike share companies in Seattle, links to download their apps and a quick rundown on how it all works. People took 5,008 rides on Spin in the company’s first … Continue reading

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Spin reaches 1,000 rides in first two days, have you tried it yet?

Looking for bike share app download links, an up-to-date list of companies in operation or rules on where to park? We’ve got it all and more in our Seattle Bike Share Guide. People took 1,000 rides on Spin bikes during … Continue reading

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Bike share is now live + A handy guide to the new $1 bikes – UPDATED

Nothing costs a dollar anymore. But that’s all it costs to ride one of those bright orange or lime green bikes popping up on sidewalks and bike racks around Seattle. See our new Seattle Bike Share Guide for questions about … Continue reading

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Spin and LimeBike are first to apply for bike share permits, ready to launch once approved

Spin and LimeBike appear to be the two bike share companies most ready to get an early start on the streets of Seattle this summer. SDOT has confirmed that the companies are the only two who have yet submitted complete … Continue reading

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Seattle is now accepting private bike share permits, first bikes could hit streets in a week or two

Bike share is coming back to Seattle. SDOT just released its permit application (PDF) for a six-month pilot program. Staff says companies should expect one to two weeks for their permits to be processed. Once approved, companies can start putting … Continue reading

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City releases draft bike share pilot permit + List of interested companies grows to ten

Seattle took a major step closer to becoming the hub of private bike share innovation in North America today by releasing a draft version of its bike share pilot rules. This is our first look at the playing field SDOT is … Continue reading

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Test riding a Bluegogo stationless bike share bike in downtown Seattle

I took a ride on what could be one of Seattle’s next bike share bikes and made it up one of downtown’s steepest hills. It was a Bluegogo bike, one of at least two companies actively pursuing Seattle as one … Continue reading

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By killing Pronto, Seattle could become the center of private bike share innovation

The Pronto docks have been scrubbed from city streets. As much as I am sad to see it go and feel the system never got a fair shot at success, it’s done. Time to move on and look to the … Continue reading

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Bike share can flourish in Seattle

With the City Council debating whether to buy out the 54-station Pronto Cycle Share system already in need of a buyout, the main question on people’s minds is: How do we know it will be successful going forward and worth … Continue reading

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