SDOT cuts Jump, Lime fleets by 1,000 for misreporting poorly parked bikes

Jun 17, 2019, 8:14 AM | Updated: 10:10 am
Bike, bikeshare, Lime, bikeshares...
Improperly parked bikeshares have become a prevalent issue in Seattle. (SDOT)

The Seattle Department of Transportation recently announced that it’s reduced the fleet maximum for Lime and Jump by 1,000 bikes each. The move was made as “enforcement action” against the two companies due to “incomplete and inaccurate reports of parking complaints” in April.

Mike O’Brien wants to hold SDOT accountable for bike lane network

Jump and Lime received 157 and 168 reports of improperly parked bikes respectively in May, as detailed in a monthly status report on Seattle’s free-floating bikeshare programs. That’s over double what the companies were reporting in January and February of this year.

Seattle bikeshare parking

It’s unclear at this point whether it’s a correction in Lime and Jump’s improper reporting that led to the May increase, or simply a rash of reckless parkers. Either way, a campaign to encourage better bikeshare parking habits is currently in full effect in Seattle.

SDOT and non-profit Rooted in Rights released an instructional video in early June, imploring riders to “use common sense” when parking bikes. The concerns it points out relate to problems caused for the differently-abled, when bikes are left in the middle of sidewalks and curb ramps.

“Bike blocking is good for no one,” Dorian Taylor, who uses a wheelchair, says in the video.

Bikeshare battle: Which service will you use in Seattle?

SDOT has labeled the issue a “top priority.” A Seattle Times report details a recent policy from SDOT in 2019, where it will cut Jump and Lime’s fleets by 20 bikes for each obstruction that violates ADA requirements.

The city plans to build 1,500 additional spaces for bikes across the city, “taking advantage of space that isn’t currently used.” It is also adding 160 new parking spaces for bikes along Alki Beach and Seacrest Marina, including “a new corral … that will be the largest in Seattle.”

Local News

(Photo from KIRO 7)...
Deborah Horne, KIRO 7 News

Light rail riders frustrated by broken escalators, elevators at stations

Frustrated Link light rail riders say they have had it with escalators and elevators at light rail stations that don’t work.
7 hours ago
child marriages...
Associated Press

Proposed bill would pay incarcerated workers minimum wage

A Washington state lawmaker who has spent time in prison wants the state to pay incarcerated workers minimum wage for doing their jobs.
7 hours ago
(Photo from KIRO 7)...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Crash into utility pole cuts power to Kent neighborhood

A Kent neighborhood is in the dark Tuesday morning after a crash into a utility pole cut power.
7 hours ago
USS John McCain...
L.B. Gilbert

Navy conducting anti-terrorism exercises in Everett

If you live near a Navy base like naval station Everett and you hear sirens this week -- it's not an emergency.
1 day ago
vaccine mandate...
Frank Sumrall

King County, Seattle eliminate employee vaccine mandate

King County and the City of Seattle will no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
1 day ago
Frank Sumrall

Edmonds School District’s internet still down after ‘suspicious activities’

The Edmonds School District is investigating “suspicious activities” within its network — causing the district-wide internet shutdown.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
SDOT cuts Jump, Lime fleets by 1,000 for misreporting poorly parked bikes