Above: Images from Pronto’s “#VitaminP” promotion
The last time CHS looked at ridership totals for Seattle’s new bike share, Pronto was but one week old. Preparing for a soggy Seattle winter, we figured it wouldn’t be worth revisiting the stats until summer — also known as September. But thanks to
global warming the apocalypse our ever-changing environment, we’ve been inspired by Seattle’s sunny days to dip into the usage tracking for the system to find out where on Capitol Hill customers of the non-profit bike share are riding, how Hill totals compare to usage around the city, and, yes, how ridership holds up when things are cold and soaking.
We also asked director Holly Houser for an update on plans to bring Pronto into the Central District and Yesler Terrace thanks to a $1 million injection from the feds and City Hall. She didn’t take the bait telling CHS there isn’t yet “a timeline” for the expansion.
The datasets for Pronto’s usage were an easier matter. Houser says they are working on getting the statistics into the publicly available data.seattle.gov site but, in the meantime, provided CHS with a few views of the activity.
Here are the top Capitol Hill stations by total trips since the system began operations last fall:
You may have noticed that the Bellevue and Pine station was removed earlier this month. Pronto announced the move as a temporary solution to make way for construction in the area.
You can see below how those Pronto Capitol Hill stations stack up against the rest of the city. Seattle Bike Blog breaks down the totals below by origin and destination rankings — Broadway and Harrison, it turns out, is the top place in the city to start a Pronto trip.
Seattle Bike Blog also points out that Pronto is only averaging half a trip per bike per day, a number, SBB says, Pronto will need to grow “to meet system use in other successful bike share cities.”
The system is also working to overcome small technical difficulties. It is working with provider Motivate (formerly Alta) to address an issue with slipping and popping gears. Meanwhile, there are more delays with the helmet vending system. “Due to a delay in delivery of one of the locking mechanism components, the helmet bin upgrade scheduled for February 15 is postponed – likely until the first week of March,” an update from SDOT director Scott Kubly notes.
Even with some of the technical difficulties, a surprisingly dry winter has produced rider totals well above what the system saw in dreary December. Here’s a look at how the trends are playing out this winter for weekly usage:
If the goal is two trips per day per system bike, Pronto will need to ramp up to somewhere around 8,500 trips per day. A warm — but not too warm! — and dry summer would apparently help.