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Bike Share Pilot Program

Bike Share downtown

Bike share bikes are showing up in Kirkland.

How should the City respond to the introduction of bike share on the Eastside?

Online Survey imageTake the online survey to share your perspective about bike share in Kirkland.



We want your input

During the fall and winter of 2018, the City will be providing a series of community engagement activities, including group meetings and surveys. Visit this webpage for periodic updates.

Want to share your opinion about how the City should regulate bike share in Kirkland? Email bikesharefeedback@kirklandwa.gov or text your feedback to 425-305-1305.

Sign up for the City's weekly email newsletter, This Week in Kirkland, to stay up to date on this community conversation.




Frequently Asked Questions (under development)

Would a pilot program be operated by the City of Kirkland or a private company?

The pilot bike share permit program being considered would be operated by a private company, not the City of Kirkland.

What would be the cost to the City for a pilot bike share program?

For any possible bike share pilot program, the City would not use funds to purchase or subsidize equipment. Any expenses that arise from a possible program would be covered by bike share company fees. Such fees could include a permit fee to operate within the City of Kirkland, as well as a fee for if City crews need to move improperly-parked bikes not attended to by the bike share company. 

How have our neighboring cities responded to bike share?

Please refer to the websites for the City of Seattle, the City of Bellevue, and the City of Redmond for information on how they have been navigating bike share.

What possible actions could the City take in response to bike share with and without permitting a bike-share company?

WITHOUT a Pilot Bike Share Permit Program WITH a Pilot Bike Share Permit Program
Clutter and clogged bike lanes/racks
  • Require companies to pick up bikes if:
    • causing safety hazard
    • left idle in one location
    • parked inappropriately
Clutter and clogged bike lanes/racks
  • Require companies to pick up bikes if:
    • causing safety hazard
    • left idle in one location
    • parked inappropriately
  • Limit number of companies and bikes
  • Require redistribution of bikes
  • Provide incentives for parking at designated “hubs”
  • Require quick response to complaints
Safety Safety
  • Require incentives for helmets and training
  • Require standard bike maintenance for safety
Bike parking problems
  • Authorize City removal and recover removal costs
Bike parking problems
  • Authorize City removal and recover removal costs
  • Establish and enforce designated parking areas
  • Restrict parking on CKC
  • Require swift response to complaints
Cost to the City
  • Establish fees to cover City costs
Cost to the City
  • Establish fees to cover City costs
  • Charge providers for operating in Kirkland

City Manager's Office
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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