I spent 5 days in Seattle staying close to the U of W and the Burke-Gilman bike trail. Lime bikes are everywhere with what looks like an even mix of traditional pedal bikes and ebikes.
- Super-convenient. I never had more than a few minute walk to find a bike. Even when I was at the West Point Lighthouse, I found the one bike that was there (but wonder if I stranded the person who rode it). I had done a fairly long walk to the lighthouse and was really happy to rest my feet on the return trip.
- The bikes take a beating. Handlebars often are not aligned with the wheel and there are a lot of squeaks, rattles, and brake noise. Not surprising since many of the bikes are dumped on their side. I encountered one bike with a bent crank and one with a broken front basket. Out of 10 bikes I rode, 5 had an annoying issue but still could be ridden. 2 could not be ridden. The app has a tool to report issues but I have no idea how fast Lime responds.
- Easy to sign up and use the app!
- It’s expensive! $3-$4 for a 15 minute Ebike ride. Less for a pedal bike. I guess the cost reflects the convenience of finding a bike nearly anywhere and the (likely) high cost of maintenance.
- The Lime ebikes work well. Zippy on the flats and helpful on the hills. They seem to be speed-limited as I couldn’t get going very fast on the downhills. I know class 1 ebikes are limited to 15 mph with assist but assume they can go faster with pedaling. Not sure if this was a regenerative braking effect or whether the speed was intentionally limited.
- Like pedal sharebikes everywhere, they are heavy and slow. Not a problem on a short, flat commute but I had a long hill to climb from the lighthouse and I think I was slower on the bike than walking.
- I’ve always ridden with a helmet. Didn’t have one and was surprised how little I thought about it since I was mostly on some excellent separated bike paths. When I was mixing with traffic (especially bike lanes in the door zone) I was very vigilant watching drivers.
As a tourist I am very happy to see this option. Every day in Seattle, I mixed public transit, walking, and biking, choosing the best mode at the time. And I never missed not having a car. Certainly a boon for travelers like me.
Posted in Bike trails and paths, e-bike, Review, Traffic, Transportation, Travel, Trips
- Tagged bikeshare, e-bike, Lime, Limebike, Seattle, sharebike
My Spanish isn’t great, but I think the translation to American English would be ‘No-Tell-Motel’
Picture taken from the wonderful Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
We’re back in Madrid this week and enjoying just walking around – there is no lack of interesting barrios to visit
And this one in Alcala da Henares (birthplace of Cervantes) with a nod to Don Quixote
And I love this symbol of the University of Alcala showing the storks that you see everywhere on tall buildings throughout the city
At CaixaForum in Madrid – beautiful!
My Spanish language studies are moving along well so I’ve decided to challenge myself with my first real book. I hope I can get through it this year.
Last night of the year here in San Sebastián, Spain. Some pictures of a Basque Christmas
There has to be Jamon of course!
And this is where you would probably find me – on the edge of the celebration sampling the local tipple
Happy New Year to everyone!
As part of our Spanish class this week we had an ‘art treasure hunt’ in the ‘Del Oeste’ neighborhood of Salamanca with a number of classmates. The Barrio Del Oeste is well-known for an abundance of art and I had a great time walking around.
This is a detail from a poster on a wall, not an actual art piece, but I liked the way it looked
The following shots are from other locations in Salamanca. It truly is an amazing city to visit. History everywhere you look and the city is always changing – never static.
I knew ham was important in Spain but I had no idea how important until we had spent a few weeks here. It’s part of every celebration and seemingly every dish, and it is wonderful. Here it is being served at the fiesta at our school – ‘Jornada de Puertas Abiertas’ or Open House
Salamanca is our home for 2 weeks as we attend our second language school. It is a beautiful, compact city with a lot of history and it’s a bit amazing that I get to walk through it every day.
Following are a few pictures of my walk from our apartment to the school.
I approach the Plaza Mayor through one of the historic gates every morning
The Plaza Mayor is prettier at night when it is illuminated but I like it when the delivery vans have arrived to make their early morning deliveries. After a few weeks in Spain I’m sure that the most important thing to replenish is the ham!
There are multiple historic figures arrayed around the Plaza. I tell myself I will read about each one, but I haven’t done it yet
I’m always encountering street art in Spain – along with graffiti of course
A short walk North of the Plaza Mayor I always enjoy the elegance of this building
And, of course, there are churches and cathedrals galore in Spain. Below is the Parroquia de San Juan de Sahagún
And the doors often intrigue me the most
And just before I arrive at school I pop in at the Vasco de Gama cafe. I figure it was good enough for him it will work for me, too
Spent the last 3 days in Burgos, Spain. Didn’t know what to expect but the center is lively with good food (of course), a fascinating Cathedral, and a lot of parks to wander about.