This summer, the city of Mercer Island ran a three-month bike share pilot program with LimeBike, in which 25 electric-assist rental bicycles were distributed across the Island, available to any user for any journey.
More than 1,200 riders took about 4,100 rides totaling nearly 4,000 miles, according to the city. The pilot program ended on Oct. 17, and the Mercer Island City Council will evaluate next steps on Nov. 20.
The city is hoping to learn about Islanders’ experiences with the bikes, and it is offering a quick survey to understand how residents used the program, its effect on commuting patterns and transit use and the viability of a similar program in the future.
As part of ongoing efforts to enhance mobility Island-wide, the pilot program was intended to provide alternatives to the use of single occupant vehicles, test “first-last mile” solutions and improve access to regional transit for commuters via the Mercer Island Park and Ride. The pilot was paid for with Sound Transit settlement funds dedicated solely for mobility programs (no city funds were used).
The city continues to seek additional partnerships to leverage settlement funds intended to provide other first-mile and last-mile solutions for the community.
The bikeshare survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MI-BikesharePilot.