Seattle Bike Blog reports that a bike share program for King County is ready to gear up and begin service in 2013. Capitol Hill will be part of the program’s core trial area:
Eventually, it is hoped that bike sharing will spread throughout the county. However, to maximize initial success, the system will be launched in downtown Seattle, South Lake Union, the University District, Sandpoint, and part of Capitol Hill with a total of 50 stations and 500 bikes covering just over 3 square miles, before expanding to 220 stations and 2,200 bikes covering an area of 13.6 square miles in downtown Seattle, the University District, Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Renton.
Here are the planned phases for the non-profit Puget Sound Bike Share project. In addition to our adjacency to downtown, the Hill’s presence in the plan might also be helped by board member David Amiton, a traffic analyst at UW and a resident of Capitol Hill. You can learn more at pugetsoundbikeshare.org.
Phase 1A (50 stations / 500 bikes / 3.1 square miles / launch in 2013): the initial launch is intended to maximize early success in Seattle’s downtown core, south Lake Union, the University District, Sandpoint, and part of Capitol Hill.
• Phase 1B (60 stations / 600 bikes / 2.0 square miles / launch in 2014): will in-fill the initial launch area with more stations and expand the boundaries into more of Capitol Hill and north of the University District.
• Phase 2 (50 stations / 500 bikes / 3.4 square miles / launch in 2015): will expand the Phase 1 area to cover an additional 3.4 square miles.
• Phase 3 (60 stations / 600 bikes / 5.1 square miles / launch in 2017): will develop a series of sub-systems on the east side of Lake Washington in the cities of Redmond (including the Microsoft campus), Kirkland, Bellevue, and Renton.
• Phase 4: expand into other areas of the county such as Ballard, Northgate, Rainier Valley, Kent, etc. These areas can enter the system at any time with sufficient funding.