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Bike Share

Two woman bike without helmets on a street with a bike lane.
This Thursday, the King County Board of Health will vote on a proposed repeal of the county's helmet law for cyclists as well as a companion resolution that affirms helmet use, encourages other jurisdictions to repeal helmet laws, and supports broader measures that ensure the cyclists’ safety. While Washington...
After five months in the Seattle market, GIG Car Share is expanding the homearea for its vehicles. The expansion increases the homearea from 13 square miles to 23 square miles. New areas include Ballard, Columbia City, Green Lake, Mount Baker, Phinney Ridge, and parts of Madrona and Leschi. An...
A reporter stands amidst scooters in a garage for a TV spot.
On Wednesday, Lime launched their first 500 shareable e-scooters in Seattle to accompany their relaunch of around 500 bikes in June. This launch is a part of Seattle's scootershare pilot program, which was greenlit by the city council last week. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) also selected Wheels...
Three scooters on a sidewalk in Austin, Texas.
Scootershare finally got the go ahead on Monday as the Seattle City Council voted eight-to-one to approve a pilot program. Transportation Chair Alex Pedersen was the only no vote on the legislation, which permits scooters on streets, bike lanes, and recreational trails, but prohibits riding them on most sidewalks....
Lime-owned red Jump bikes in Ballard drop-off zone. (Courtesy of Lime)
Today Lime Bikes announced it had relaunched bikeshare with about 500 bikes, making Seattle the second city where Lime has relaunched bikes. The bikes are available only through the Uber app currently, but Lime plans to relaunch its own app down the road to provide another rental option. The fleet...
JUMP bikes became unrentable on Friday even there still littered about such as here at Gas Works. (Photo by author)
Seattle once again finds itself without bikeshare. On Friday, Uber pulled the plug on its JUMP app after hitching its bike wagon to its competitor Lime in a deal worth $170 million. The Uber-led investment was not quite enough to pose a majority stake in Lime, which was recently...
JUMP is the only bikeshare operator in Seattle as of 2020. (Photo by author)
JUMP is the only bikeshare operator left standing in Seattle in 2020. Although the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has permitted more than 10,000 bikeshare bikes in the city, JUMP's estimated 3,500 e-assist bikes are the sum total for now, after Lime suspended its bikeshare program at year's end....
A bikeshare pile up where bikes accumulated outside the Sounder Station in Pioneer Square. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
Update: Despite earlier denials, Lime announced December 24th that it was closing down its bikeshare in Seattle and pulling all its bikes by December 31st. Lime said it will return in the spring with scooters. Lime Bikes dominated the first year of dockless bikeshare in Seattle, but the second year...