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December 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The rise — and early challenges— of Seattle’s shared economy

Seattle’s blossoming “shared economy” is disrupting the way many of us live, how we get around town and the places we choose to vacation. Turns out the upside of the recent economic downturn is a new willingness among more people to share their personal assets to make extra money, work flexible hours and interact with total strangers.

The growth of this movement is powered by a new generation interested in meaningful connections and sustainable living in a world with limited resources.

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin moderates a panel Dec. 11, 2013 on the state of Seattle's shared economy at Impact Hub Seattle. From left to right: Conlin, Natalie Foster of Peers, John Zimmer of Lyft, Joe Mele of StowThat, Holly Houser of Puget Sound Bikeshare, Kristina Bindi of Car2Go, Lindsey Engh of Impact Hubs Seattle (Photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin moderates a panel Dec. 11, 2013 on the state of Seattle’s shared economy at Impact Hub Seattle. From left to right: Conlin, Natalie Foster of Peers, John Zimmer of Lyft, Joe Mele of StowThat, Holly Houser of Puget Sound Bikeshare, Kristina Bindi of Car2Go, Lindsey Engh of Impact Hubs Seattle (Photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times)

On Wednesday, a forum at Impact Hub Seattle brought together folks at the vanguard of the sharing economy, including John Zimmer of the ridesharing service Lyft, Holly Houser of the forthcoming Puget Sound Bikeshare, Lindsey Engh of co-working space Impact Hub Seattle, Joe Mele of StowThat (a storage rental company) and Kristina Bindi of Car2Go.

Hearing their stories got me thinking about some of my own recent interactions with what The Economist refers to as the peer-to-peer rental economy.

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June 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Racing to catch up with Seattle’s bike culture

The sun stayed up late this past weekend, and so did legions of Seattle’s bike riders. For those of us who mostly see cyclists during the commute hours, events to greet the summer solstice, and other good excuses to gather through the year, are festive marvels.

Riders are briefed at Gas Works Park before the 2013 Nine to Five All Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Caroline Colon.)

Riders are briefed at Gas Works Park before the 2013 Nine to Five All Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Caroline Colon.)

The bicycle blog, Go Means Go, hosted the Nine to Five All-Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, that began Saturday evening at Gas Works Park. Teams of riders were sent all through the city all through the night with mind-bending lists of stuff to find, pictures to take and places to be. The event ended early Sunday morning with a catered breakfast.

Hardy bands of riders have been turning out for years. They report the combination of the ride, the hours and the maniacal lists of scavenger items is a delight and exhausting challenge.

Perhaps an even more revealing look at Seattle’s bicycle culture was provided Saturday by the annual Fremont Solstice “Naked” Bike Ride.

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