Redmond Bike Share

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Bike Share Summary & Public Questionnaire Results

Reported to Council at May 22 Study Session

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Redmond Bike Share

Council Considering Bike Share  

Redmond City Council has been investigating bike share this spring.  The Council will have another discussion on bike share at a Council Study Session on July 10th. 

The service would be provided by private bike share companies via a permit with Redmond - bringing bike share to Redmond at no cost to the City.

Easily bike from point A to point B

Bike share could improve travel choices and mobility

Short Trips

Convenient access to shared bicycles will enable more short trips to be taken by bicycle instead of by car. This may be a significant number of trips because the average trip length for all trips in Redmond is 2.2 miles or approximately a 15 minute bicycle ride. Trip examples include an office to lunch or an apartment Downtown to an office on the Willows Road/Redmond Central Connector corridor.

Transit Connections

Certain bus or light rail trips are not competitive with car travel because the first mile to transit (e.g. home to bus stop) or the last mile from transit (e.g. bus to office) is too time consuming. Bike share can provide bicycles near offices, transit stops, and homes (where appropriate) which can reduce the first/last mile trip time to 5 or 10 minutes. This will make transit time competitive with a car for certain trips thereby improving travel choices.

In May, an online public questionnaire indicated general support for bike share (60% supportive, 30% unsupportive, 10% undecided), and also expressed public concerns. Click here. for a brief summary of the results.

Contact

If bike share comes to Redmond and there is an issue, citizens would be asked to contact the bike share provider. Contacts will be provided when operation begins.

The City's contact for this project is Buff Brown, Senior Transit Planner. Buff can be reached at bbrown@redmond.gov or at 425-556-2870.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I use bike share?

    Each company is independent and has its own system of bikes and phone application. The phone application is used to find bikes, then to unlock a bicycle, and pay for rides (certain companies offer the first ride for free). Phone applications may be found via company websites, the Apple or Google Play stores.

  • How will bike share be implemented?

    The City of Redmond is considering a pilot program. Under the current concept being considered, the city would regulate bike share through a right-of-way use permit which contains conditions the company must follow to operate, and continue to operate in Redmond. The City will monitor the performance of each company throughout the pilot program and can revoke the permit of a permittee that is not meeting the requirements.

  • When would bike share be implemented?

    The City of Redmond is considering a fall implementation of bike share. The right-of-way permit code (RMC 12.08) would need to first be amended to require a permit for vendors to operate bike share in Redmond. This will require an ordinance to be approved by City Council. City Council agendas can be viewed here.

    Once the code amendment is adopted, bike share permits can then be issued. Private companies would then be allowed to apply for a permit which includes insurance, bonding, and indemnification of the city.

  • How will the City control bike clutter and parking?

    The permit requirements are in consideration and some areas of focus are:

        •   limiting the number of bikes allowed in Redmond and subareas
        •   responsiveness to citizen complaints
        •   moving any bicycles that are a nuisance, a hazard, or in a walkway
        •   bicycle maintenance
        •   remedies to address the above issues

  • How much will this cost the City?

    Bike share service would be provided by these companies at no cost to the city. The permit will include indemnification, liability insurance, bonding in case of termination, and reimbursement of any city staff time for monitoring and bike moving.

  • Why is Redmond considering implementing bike share?

    Redmond’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) envisions improved travel choices to provide mobility. One option to achieve this strategy is to implement bike share to improve access to bicycles. This will:

        1.   Provide bicycles for short trips: Convenient access to bicycles will enable short trips to be taken by bicycle instead of by car. This may potentially be a significant number of trips. The average trip length for all trips in Redmond is 2.2 miles or approximately a 15-minute bicycle ride.

        2.   First/last mile connections to transit: Certain bus or light rail trips are not competitive with car travel because the first mile to transit (e.g. home to bus stop) or the last mile from transit (e.g. bus to office) is too time-consuming. Bike share could provide bicycles near offices, transit stops, and homes (where appropriate) which can reduce the first/last mile trip time to 5 or 10 minutes. This will make transit time competitive with a car for certain trips thereby improving travel choices.

  • What are other neighboring cities doing?

    Seattle and Bothell have pilot programs currently in operation while Bellevue and Kirkland are investigating their own pilot programs to be implemented in the coming months. Redmond city staff have been working in cooperation with staff from some of these cities, although each will produce their own unique bike share program.

    Bellevue Bike Share website

    Seattle has implemented free-floating bike share: Seattle Bike share website

  • What about helmets?

    King County has a helmet law which applies in Redmond. This helmet law also applies in Seattle. Seattle’s bike share permit requires the bike share companies to “have visible language that notifies the user that… helmets shall be worn while riding a bicycle in King County…”. Currently, none of the Seattle bike share vendors are providing helmets. Redmond can enforce the helmet law, but is not obligated to. We are considering how to address this in the permit conditions.

    Did you know the Redmond police department offers adult and child helmets for $10? Learn more

  • If I see a bike that is parked wrong, on my property or needs maintenance, what do I do?

    Please contact the particular bike share company either through the phone number on the bike or their phone app.

    The City’s contact for this project is Buff Brown, Senior Transit Planner. Buff can be reached at bbrown@redmond.gov or 425-556-2870.

  • Other Resources

    North American Bike Share Association: Dockless Bike share Regulation Preliminary Guidance – Jan 2018
    Twelve Tone Consulting (Chicago): Regulation of Dockless Bikes – March 2018
    Charlotte, NC – Bike share website and their Permit Requirements
    Montgomery County, MD – Permit Language
    Durham, NC – Ordinance to Establish Permit Procedure
    www.limebike.com
    www.spin.pm