We've seen the bike share docking stations going up around the city--there's one just a hop, skip and a jump away from our offices, on 3rd Avenue and Pike street. (Go here to view the entire set of docking stations on a map.) Pronto Cycle Share, the Puget Sound region's very first bike share program, officially takes its inaugural trek on Monday, October 13.
How it works: A fleet of 500 bikes is housed at 50 different stations in Downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and the University District; the bikes are available to anyone with a Pronto membership (starting at $85 a year) or with a daily or three-day pass to rent, ride around and return to any station in the system. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the bicycles "are designed for everyday trips, featuring seven speeds, comfortable seating, a chain guard, a basket, fenders and built-in lights." Bonus! They're also decked out in pretty Seahawks-inspired colors.
Monday's launch kicks off with an honorary morning ride, hosted by Mayor Ed Murray, from the downtown Pronto station all the way to Occidental Park, which culminates with a post-ride press conference. Follow us on Twitter for pictures from the event. After the press conference, Pronto founding members will help distribute bikes to each of the docking stations. And then you can get your ride on.