Seattle To Introduce Bike Share Program

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(CBS Seattle) – The Puget Sound Bike Share Program hopes to launch a bike share in Seattle this fall, according to KIRO 7.

The program secured nearly $2.5 million from Alaska Airlines (who will act as sponsor) and $1.75 million from state and federal grants over five years to establish a bike share in Seattle. The branding for the program is the Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share, according to Capitol Hill Seattle.

Bike share programs have already been implemented in a number of other cities, including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. Other cities — including San Diego and Cincinnati — also have plans to launch bike share programs.

The program will allow any user with a pre-paid membership or day pass to rent a bike from a number of stations throughout the city. The goal of the program is to offer a low-cost, healthy and environmentally-friendly means of transportation.

The bikes will be made available in Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Pioneer Square, Belltown and the University District.

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