City Hall looks to Portland to sort out how best to bring scooter shares to Seattle’s streets

When it comes to big city bike share systems, Seattle is a freak. When its hobbled, city-funded docked system was a bust, it pioneered the U.S. rollout of floating bicycle shares from providers like Lime and Jump. Its relatively robust floating system is a rarity. Rarer still, Seattle hasn’t added scooters to its floating fleet.

Mayor Jenny Durkan now says the city is ready to join the wave of cities legalizing scooters to join the shared fleet — but the approach will be lawyerly.

“Seattle was the first city in the country to pilot free-floating bike share – and it’s taken off,” a statement from the mayor on scooter shares reads. “Now, we have a permanent program for companies to operate bike share in Seattle. Up next: let’s try scooters in Seattle. But let’s do it right by promoting safety, requiring fairness for riders and indemnification for the City, focusing on equity, and by building on – not losing – the best of bike share.”

Thursday, chair of the City Council’s transportation and sustainability committee Mike O’Brien is hosting a “Scooter Share Demo, Lunch & Learn” at City Hall. The session will include “a panel presentation of experts in the field who will describe the ways in which scooter share has enhanced mobility in major cities all over the world.”

How can Seattle integrate this transportation option into our city safely and thoughtfully, taking into consideration the needs of all people in our city? The Lunch and Learn aims to answer that question. The presentation will feature panelists from the City of Portland, Multnomah County Health Department and two scooter companies. The luncheon will also look at other cities across the U.S. who have scooter programs implemented, and feature examples of the ways in which scooters provide transportation to residents and tourists nationally and internally.

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Lesbian Motor Enthusiasts, Start Your Engines

Lesbian Motor Enthusiasts, Start Your Engines
By Erin King

Women who love hot cars and cool ladies will find plenty of both at The Fastest Girls in Town, a new event geared towards female speed demons. Women are encouraged to drive their most impressive motor toy—car, truck, 4×4, motorcycle, or scooter—to Alki Beach on August 25, where they can meet like-minded ladies and oogle some of Puget Sound’s most stare-worthy rides.

Since the event will be held in a public space, it will be alcohol-free and a welcome respite from the usual booze-heavy gay mixers. Music, food, and soft drinks will be provided. Vendors are welcome to set up booths, so some casual shopping is a possibility, too.

The event is hosted by Girl4Girl, a local business experiencing a reboot after ending its regular parties in Seattle and Kent in April 2011. Girl4Girl got its start in 1998, hosting events that featured go-go dancers, burlesque performers, and popular DJs. The group held a widely anticipated comeback party during Pride 2012, but has been focusing on providing entertainment services to private parties since then. The Fastest Girls in Town is their newest venture and is likely to become a monthly phenomenon—the first meetup at Don Armeni Park drew over 150 women. This time, the expected turnout is so large that the party had to be moved south to the larger Jack Block Park.

The ever-green Pacific Northwest is a surprisingly good spot to be a car enthusiast. Last June, the world’s biggest car museum opened in Tacoma, featuring impressive rare and luxury vintage cars alongside more pedestrian favorites like the 1983 Oldsmobile. It draws from the collection of Tacoma native Henry LeMay, who attempted to buy one of every American car ever produced and is the world record holder for the largest private car collection. The unusual location of the museum has prompted its curators to plan a variety of events luring motor enthusiasts to the region, from drive-in movies and car and cigar parties to dealer conferences. Dykes on bikes can double-dip on the 25th, enjoying the museum’s Vintage Motorcycle Festival in the morning and Fastest Girls in the afternoon.

The event is free, no tickets required. More information can be found at their website:girl4girlseattle.com.

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