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.