Bike Share Feasibility Study
Across the nation, cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Denver, and Washington, DC have implemented public bike sharing programs. Currently, more than 40 North American cities have bike share programs. The City of Redmond—with help from Alta Planning + Design—has begun an effort to study how bicycle sharing system can be financially and operationally feasible in Redmond. The City’s study is being done as the success of Seattle’s Pronto system is building interest in expanding it, or a similar system, to the Eastside communities.
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What is a bike share system?
A bike share system is a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use, usually 30 minutes. As a membership-based or daily pass program, riders check out a bicycle from a network of stations, which are usually placed within a ½- to 1-mile radius of each other. They ride to a station nearest their destination, and then safely dock the bicycle for someone else to use. The major difference between bike sharing and bike rental is trip duration. Bike rental programs are typically designed for longer recreational rides, while bike sharing programs emphasize shorter errands or trips from point A to point B. Bike share programs also aim to increase transportation options by helping people move quickly about their neighborhood or connect with the larger community without using a car.
How could Redmond benefit from a bike share program?
Traveling throughout a city is more convenient when bike share is another transportation option. The bicycles are available and ready to use for people who need them. The program encourages Redmond residents and visitors to be physically active as they travel around town. Bike share is a proven way to connect the people and businesses that support our healthy local economy. Here in Redmond, this could be beneficial for those who work at or visit the Microsoft campus or the other businesses within the city.
Who uses bike share?
Bike share is a convenient way for residents, office workers, commuters, college students, and tourists to quickly travel from one place to another by combining foot, bike and/or public transportation. Users choose to ride a bike share bike to avoid the hassle and cost of parking and to avoid congestion. Users take bike share bikes for everyday trips such as going to lunch, meeting with friends at a coffee shop, or to get from public transit to work. Mainly because of liability and payment requirements, most bike share systems require users to be 16 years or older.
Where would bike share be located in Redmond?
The most important aspect about a bike share system is convenience – people want to easily find a station to drop off a bike near their destination. Since bike share works best in high-density areas such as business districts, sporting venues, tourist attractions, and college campuses, the feasibility and implementation plan will look at similar areas in downtown Redmond and Overlake Village, where bike share could enhance transportation options by complementing the existing transportation network.
How are bike share programs funded?
Bike share programs are typically funded through a combination of federal grants, sponsorships, and as local capital improvements. Annual operation of bike share is supported through user fees, advertising revenues, and ongoing institutional or corporate sponsorship.
For more information on the Bike Share
The Bike Share Feasibility Study will result in a custom business plan for Redmond, as well as a system plan showing the recommended service area and phasing. Interested residents can learn more about the planning process by contacting the City’s Project Manager, Joel Pfundt, at or 425-556-2750.