09 Aug '18, 11am

This electric bike experiment could change how we design cities

This electric bike experiment could change how we design cities

“Sorry about the smell; it’s not usually this bad.” Andrew Infante is watching the rearview mirror of his Dodge RAM ProMaster and trying to maneuver out of a parking spot along a steep and congested street in downtown Seattle. In the back of the mostly empty cargo van, three bikes are roped together with a bungee cord. Two are green, with highlighter-yellow fenders like bright parentheses. The third is chalky white. That is where the smell — a murky eau de low tide — is coming from. “We call them barnacle bikes,” says Infante, the Seattle operations manager for Lime, a startup that runs bike- and scooter-share programs in several American cities. “We thought we didn’t have to say, ‘Don’t throw them in the water,’ but I guess that’s not obvious to everyone.” Fishing bikes out of lakes and waterfronts is one of many trials bikeshare companies must overcome in the Emerald Cit...

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