This story is part of a project on commuting in America.
Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.
The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle.
Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet. But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.
How do you get to work: Do you drive? Do you take the bus? Perhaps you carpool. What would it take to get you to ride a bike to work? Would you ride a bike if there were more trails away from traffic? Perhaps the only thing stopping you from putting the clippy shoe on the pedal is all those pesky inclines. Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about what their bike utopia would look like and checks in with reporter Erica Barnett about what is in the Seattle Master Bike Plan (PDF).
Public Meeting "Making the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Work for Your Business," 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center (1301 Second Ave, floor 17). Host: Seattle Department of Transportation.