It’s Pronto Cycle Share’s last day in our fair city. The city will be packing up the stations and green bikes for some yet-to-be-determined seller over the next couple of weeks.
The system never made it far out of the city center. They eventually expanded to the U-District, but never quite made it to the city outskirts—including many low-income neighborhoods
The program ran for nearly two and a half years, although its last year or so has been thanks to a controversial city purchase back in March 2016.
When the city axed funding for Pronto during the January budgeting process, we also lost funding for a potential system to replace Pronto: An electric bike system built by Canadian firm Bewegen.
While we have no prospects for a new bikeshare right now, staff from the Seattle Department of Transportation told KUOW this week that the city hasn’t ruled a program out for the future.
So what do you think? Are you going to miss Pronto? Do you have dreams of a better bikeshare? Do you want to revisit electric bikes someday?
Or is it a terrible idea—do we have too many hills? Is it unfeasible to put a robust, equitable, solvent bikeshare system in Seattle?
Let us know in the comments.