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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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Pronto needs city buyout before end of March, how did we get here?

The hard deadline to save Pronto is March 30. With more than 30,000 people taking 144,000 trips in the first year of operations, supporters and City Councilmembers are scratching their heads trying to figure out how Pronto got into such … Continue reading

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With Pronto in the red, city outlines takeover and expansion plan

Story updated with comments from SDOT Chief of Active Transportation Nicole Freedman. The city is just about ready to take over, rework and expand Pronto Cycle Share. Think of it as Pronto 2.0. According to the new plan, 2016 will … Continue reading

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Seattle begins bike share takeover, budgets for system expansion

With a big plan for expanding Pronto Cycle Share, including a one-time budget expense to make it happen, the city has begun taking a more central role in the bike share system. “Bike share really expands the reach of the … Continue reading

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Houser stepping down as bike share Director

As Pronto Cycle Share nears its first birthday, the Holly Houser is handing over the helm. Houser has been Executive Director of Puget Sound Bike Share, the non-profit behind Pronto, since late 2012. From selecting an operating company (Alta Bicycle … Continue reading

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Say hello to Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share

Puget Sound Bike Share announced the name, look and major sponsor of the system set to launch this fall. Alaska Airlines will have branding on the first 500 Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share bikes, which make up the initial launch … Continue reading

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Buses get cut, but bike share is on track: System sponsor list keeps growing

If you’re as bummed as I am about the likely rejection of Prop 1 to save Metro funding, put down that morning beer. There is some good transportation news today. Puget Sound Bike Share announced today that the list of … Continue reading

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Where should the first bike share stations go?

As we reported last week, Puget Sound Bike Share is on track for a late summer launch utilizing a new partnership between Alta Bicycle Share, 8D Technologies and a “well-known global manufacturer” of bike share bikes. The initial launch will … Continue reading

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Seattle-based system will pioneer new bike share partnership + Hiring manager

It’s almost official, bike share is coming to Seattle. Puget Sound Bike Share announced Thursday that they have entered into a deal that would utilize a redesigned partnership between Alta Bicycle Share and 8D Technologies to launch a Seattle-based system … Continue reading

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Murray announces 2014 bike share launch, aims to reduce drive-alone commute rate to 25%

Mayor Ed Murray gave his first State of the City speech Tuesday in the City Council chambers, and he used the spotlight to announce progress on launching a public bike share system and cutting the current drive-alone commute rate in … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Bike Share aiming for summer launch despite supplier bankruptcy

News broke Monday that the Canadian public bike maker PBSC (AKA Bixi) has declared bankruptcy. The company supplies the equipment and bikes used in most of the biggest US and Canadian bike share systems, including systems in New York City, … Continue reading

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After more than 5 million CitiBike trips, remarkably few injuries and zero deaths

A common fear I hear when people talk about the launch of Puget Sound Bike Share next year is that the system will be dangerous without safer bike infrastructure downtown. Even with the city working to build more than two … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Bike Share ‘optimistic’ about sponsorships, supplier troubles

Bike share boosters across the nation are biting their nails this week as Nice Ride, the Minneapolis public bikes organization, is pursuing legal action against Montreal-based PBSC. The problem is complicated, but the short version is that PBSC supplies the … Continue reading

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Why sponsoring bike share is the best marketing deal Seattle will ever see (but companies must act fast)

Simply put, there’s a good chance a marketing opportunity as good as Puget Sound Bike Share will never be seen in Seattle or King County again. For a few million dollars, your company’s name will become a part of thousands … Continue reading

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Young Professionals in Transportation will feature bike share Director Holly Houser

Adam Parast, one of the leaders of the fairly new Young Professionals in Transportation group and a frequent contributor to Seattle Transit Blog, sent along this note that Puget Sound Bike Share Director Holly Houser will present to the group … Continue reading

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City Council unanimously approves bike share ordinances, launch on track for Spring 2014

The City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday to make way for Puget Sound Bike Share stations on streets, sidewalks and plazas throughout Seattle’s urban centers, urban villages, commercial zones, industrial zones and major institutions. With a 7-0 vote (Burgess and … Continue reading

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OMG! Somebody pedaled a Capital Bikeshare all the way to Seattle?!?! (not really)

I received so many messages yesterday from people who saw this Washington DC Capital Bikeshare bike locked up in Seattle. It even led to a completely baffled post on DCist. Did someone really ride a bike share bike 3,000 miles … Continue reading

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Real Change: Puget Sound Bike Share looking into discounts for low-income residents

In other parts of the world, bike share systems are often called “public bikes,” a term that captures the civic mission of the systems. It both captures the idea that the bikes are part of the public transportation system and … Continue reading

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Council committee recommends rule changes to allow bike share

The city took another step towards the launch of Puget Sound Bike Share Tuesday. The City Council Transportation Committee unanimously approved rules changes creating a permitting process for bike share stations and helmet vending kiosks in city Urban villages, urban … Continue reading

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Seattle Children’s steps up as first big bike share sponsor with $500K grant

Seattle Children’s Hospital has stepped up to be the first big sponsor of Puget Sound Bike Share, announcing a $500,000 grant Monday (actually, it will be announced at an 11 a.m. press event at the hospital). The grant is just … Continue reading

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