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Bike Share

Update May 2014

Bike Share in Seattle is set to launch in September!  In preparation for the September bike share launch, a series of 10 community meetings (starting next Tuesday) have been set.  These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the program, the launch timeline, membership opportunities, and to offer input on station locations. There is also an online mapping tool, where the public can provide their ideas and opinions about station locations. 

Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS), a nonprofit partnership of public and private organizations, was formed in June 2012 to bring bike sharing to the Seattle-area. In April 2013, PSBS selected Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share as its operator/vendor. Alta will work with PSBS to plan, launch, and sustain a regional bike share network beginning with 500 bikes and 50 stations in Seattle.

To support this work, SDOT has proposed that the City Council adopt and amend the Seattle Municipal Code relating to a bike share program. As a part of this process, SDOT completed an environmental review of the proposed legislation under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and determined that the proposal is not likely to have significant adverse impacts on the environment. As a result, we issued a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) on May 28, 2012. This decision was made after reviewing the proposal's potential impacts on several elements of the environment, summarized in this SEPA environmental checklist.

Please contact Ann Sutphin (ann.sutphin@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8374) with questions or comments.

Bike ShareWhat is bike share?

Bike share is a dense network of publicly available, easy-to-use bikes, used for short urban trips. Think of it like public transportation by bike, mainly used to get from point A to point B. It’s generally a subscription-based system, but walk-up users are also welcome. Bike share stations are automated – you check out a bike using a credit/debit card, and return it to any station within the system.

A few examples of bike share systems in the U.S. and around the world:

 

 

Why here?

A bike share system in Seattle could:

  • Extend the reach and attractiveness of transit
  • Create a mainstream biking constituency
  • Support the Bicycle Master Plan’s safety and ridership goals
  • Encourage active, healthy living and compact development

Background

For the past few years, SDOT staff have been working with King County Metro and a number of other partners (called the Bike Share Partnership) to bring bike sharing to Seattle and King County.

In 2011, with the help of federal funds, the Bike Share Partnership developed a business plan to determine what it would take to make bike sharing a reality here. As an outcome of that business planning effort, a non-profit, Puget Sound Bike Share, was created to own and administer the program.
 
Prior to this formal business planning effort, in March 2010, University of Washington graduate students from the College of Built Environments issued a Seattle Bicycle Share Feasibility Study Report. The UW Bike Share Studio work involved demand analysis, policy considerations, and suggestions for implementing a phased system. This study received recognition at the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Awards in the category of “Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues".

 

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