Is Uber launching its bikes in Seattle, WA?
There have been ongoing discussions about the details of Seattle's bike share permit program. After months of test runs this year, which saw Ofo, Limebike, and Spin deploy a total of 12,000 bikes in Seattle, the Seattle Depart of Transportation is reportedly ready to present their proposal to the City Council next month (July, 2018).
As Seattle Times reports, UBER wrote a letter to Seattle DOT last Friday, which effectively reveals their desire to expand to Washington's largest city. The letter includes a table that briefly addresses some of the common challenges that worry cities - notably, improper bike parking, which is a major problem faced by most bike-sharing companies (which do not make use of a lock-to technology).
The aforementioned letter is a direct explanation of a "why?" asked in a recent article by Monica Nickelsburg of GeekWire, who first examined the spotting of a red Jump Bike on a ferry in Seattle (spotted by Daryn Nakhuda of Mighty AI).
The competition in Seattle, WA is increasingly stiffer.