Bike Share ~ 9 months in…

They’re multiplying, yellow, green and orange bikes are everywhere! Bike Share is fast approaching the one-year of service. There are now about 5,000 bikes – wow!

Bike share lets you borrow a bike for a quick errand, a trip to Link light rail, an all-day adventure, and everything in between. You pick up the bikeshare bike closest to you, ride it to where you want to go, and leave the bike for the next person to ride.

Because the bikes are equipped with GPS, riders can find the nearest available bike on each company’s smartphone app. You can find a bike in any neighborhood and leave it where it’s most convenient for you.

Bike share companies obtain a permit, supply the bikes, and compete for your business. There are three bike share companies:

Ofo(yellow bikes): 884-289-9747; cs_us@ofo.combased out of Beijing China $1.00 for 60 minutes.

Spin(orange bikes): 1-888-262-5189; support@spin.pmbased out of San Francisco, CA –$1.00 for 30 minutes.

LimeBike(green bikes): 1-888-LIME-345; based out of San Mateo, CA –$1.00 for 30 minutes

LimeBikehas introduced electric power assist bikes, they cost $2.20 for 30 minutes.

These bikes still require users to pedal, they just make Seattle’s challenging topography a little more manageable. Please note that riding electric assist bikes on sidewalks or park paths is not allowed.

To use bike share, download the company’s smartphone app which will show you a map with all the bikes closest to you. Scan the QR code on the bike to unlock it and start your trip. Check with each company for current prices and ways to rent a bike without a smartphone. After you’ve registered you can go find a bike with the GIS mapping and give it a try, remember to bring your own helmet!  When you find a bike, scan a digital code on the bike with your smart phone, this unlocks it, and you’re ready to roll. The bikes are multi speed, and easy to use, and they have lights that come on automatically. 

The bikes are very useful to fill transportation gaps, for instance there is not a bus from Capitol Hill to many parts of the Central District.  Do you spend 10-20 minutes or more waiting for a bus plus the ride, or jump on a bike and probably be at your doorstep in 10 minutes?

When you’re done, find a safe spot to park the bike off the sidewalk, or at a bike rack.  Do not block sidewalks and create hazards for pedestrians.  When done, you engage the lock manually and walk away.

Some important guidelines for parking:

You can park the bike in the landscaping/furniture zone of sidewalks (the part of the sidewalk with trees, poles, and other fixtures), if that space is more than three feet wide.

Leave at least six feet clear for pedestrians to pass. Do not park on corners, driveways, or curb ramps. Do not block access to buildings, benches, parking pay stations, bus stops, hydrants, etc.

Park the bike upright. Be courteous to others—don’t park in somebody else’s way.

What’s the current status of the pilot? SDOT collected bike share data July through December 2017 and is now in the process of evaluating the information. Currently, existing operators continue to operate under their existing permits until the expected Spring 2018 decisions are made regarding an ongoing bike share program.

Whom do I contact with questions or comments? If you have other questions or feedback, please contact bike share program manager Joel Miller at joel.miller@seattle.gov.

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Continued Success of Swedish Caregiver Commute Program

In 2017, Swedish expanded the Caregiver Commute program, that started at the Cherry Hill campus, to include all of the Swedish campuses in Seattle. This innovative employee transportation program is designed to break down barriers to using alternative commuting, by providing employees a positive, personalized experience.

Key program services include: personalized trip planning, enhanced ride matching, and a commuter rewards program. Further, the program supports integration with emerging commuter products such as Scoop, a dynamic carpool application that partnered with Swedish and Sabey this past year. The program is credited with helping the campus reduce the Cherry Hill campus drive-alone rate to 47% on its most recent survey.

Looking forward, Caregiver Commute is excited to continue the momentum that has been generated this past year. This includes our continued work with the Integrated Transportation Board (ITB) that was established to identify opportunities to decrease the number of drive alone trips to campus. The program will also be adding new features that include real-time shuttle service and an enhanced emergency ride home program for employees that commute to campus other than driving alone. For more information about the Swedish Caregiver Commute program please contact caregviercommute@swedish.org.

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An Open Letter to the Community from Byrd Barr Place

Dear neighbors,

Byrd Barr Place was founded as Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP) in 1964, during the peak of the civil rights movement. For more than 50 years we have been a force for positive change and in that time we have gone from CAMP to Centerstone, and now from Centerstone we are opening our next chapter and unveiling our new name: Byrd Barr Place.

Our new name honors Roberta Byrd Barr, a leader, educator and journalist, who once wrote for the Trumpet, CAMP’s newspaper. Roberta woke up Seattle to the realities of poverty and the experiences of people of color through her moderated news program Face to Face.

Today, our community is impacted by rapid gentrification and displacement. Families who have called the Central Area home for decades find themselves unable to pay sky-rocketing property taxes, effectively pushing them out of Seattle. A lack of affordable housing options forces low-income families further from education and employment opportunities. Immigrant and refugee communities are left to navigate an adopted city without access to culturally-relevant resources.

These are the very issues Byrd Barr Place is committed to addressing, every day, by providing Seattle residents with rental assistance, energy assistance, personal finance education, and healthy food through our food bank. With our new name, we will deepen the values that have always defined us—values of compassion, resilience, and equity. We will continue to offer support with basic human needs, so everyone has a strong foundation to break the cycle of poverty.

We hope the Squire Park Community and all of Seattle will join us in this mission. When we stand together against poverty and injustice, we realize a more equitable world, for this generation and every generation that follows.

Sincerely,

Andrea Caupain Sanderson, Byrd Barr Place CEO

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