Seattle hopes to have a permanent permit program in place by August 31st for private bikeshare. The permanent program would would lift the cap on the number of bikes to 20,000, impose street use fees on bikeshare companies operating in the city, and add new regulatory requirements for the operation of the bikeshare program.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) briefed the city council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee on the executive branch’s proposal. In the lead-up to the meeting, SDOT released expanded data on bikeshare performance through May, which continues to show ridership growth on bikes but cratering per-bike ride use. SDOT’s bikeshare manager Joel Miller presented five key recommendations developed from public feedback on the pilot program and a new annual permit fee structure. Miller noted that bikeshare program permits will need to be “annual and iterative” to properly address the changing nature of bikeshare here and afar.