An early assessment of dockless bike rentals in Seattle / by urbanexus

Here is an early assessment of dockless bike rental programs in Seattle by Josh Cohen at Next City. Key takeaways are:

  • After six months of operation, three rental companies provided about 347 thousand rides that travel a million miles. This compares to the docked system that City shut down in January 2017, that had provided 278 thousand rides in two and a half years.
  • About 80% of the rides were in non-peak travel hours, suggesting that they were mostly recreational.
  • The biggest problem is parked bikes that block sidewalks, wheel chair curb ramps and transit access. As a way of addressing inappropriately parked bikes, the Seattle Department of Transportation is considering creating bike parking "corrals" in busier locations. 
LimeBike in Seattle (Photo by Joe Mabel)

LimeBike in Seattle (Photo by Joe Mabel)