The City of Bellevue launched the first exclusively electric-assisted bike share system (Seattle’s program wasn’t exclusively electric) in the Pacific Northwest in August with a network of preferred parking areas. The pilot program also features easy-to-spot green bikeways and focuses on e-bikes to make riding a more viable and comfortable option for residents in the hilly city.
The motor on the e-bikes, which are owned and operated by the California-based company Lime, provides assistance up to 15 miles per hour. The bikes are accessible via the Lime app and cost $1 to rent and 15 cents per minute to use.
When the one-year pilot program concludes next summer, city officials hope to have a clearer picture of the next steps that should be taken to implement a successful bike share program on the Eastside.