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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Countdown to bike share

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Sketched Oct. 2, 2014

Gabi_1003_bikeshare_03Rows of bulky bike racks and towering solar-powered kiosks just started popping up around Seattle.

It’s all for the new Pronto Bike Share system, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 13 with a fleet of 500 bright green, seven-speed bicycles. Fifty stations will be strategically located in residential and employment hubs like the University District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and downtown. To access the bikes for unlimited, 30-minute rides, you may sign up for an annual $85 membership online or purchase one- or three-day passes at the bike kiosks.

Our hills and soggy weather make it easy to dismiss the idea of renting bikes for transportation in half-an-hour intervals. But with Seattle bike culture getting stronger by the day, I think this program will catch on here just as it has in many other cities.

“Bikes make people happy,” said Nick Hein, one of the temporary Pronto crew members I met at the warehouse in Sodo where the equipment is being prepared for installation. “There’s going to be many more happy people in Seattle because of what we are doing.”

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Comments | More in Bicycles, Public transportation | Topics: Sodo, South Lake Union

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