Seattle intends to award a contract to expand and run the city’s bike-share system to a Quebec-based company that’s proposing an all-electric fleet.
Seattle officials have selected a company to expand and run the city’s troubled Pronto bike-share system, and the result could be a new, electric-assist fleet.
The Department of Finance and Administrative Services has informed the companies on its bidding short-list that it intends to award the Pronto contract to Bewegen, a Quebec-based company that’s proposing an all-electric bike system.
The notice means officials will now begin negotiations with Bewegen. Only if and when mutually agreeable terms are reached will the contract be executed, department spokeswoman Cyndi Wilder said Thursday.
Bewegen was the leading bidder after the city’s first evaluation round. Also on the short-list was the company that Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly led before coming to work for the city.
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Kubly served as president of Alta Bicycle Share, which has since then changed hands and been renamed Motivate.
The company has been operating Pronto in Seattle since its 2014 launch, initially for the system’s nonprofit owner and now for the city, which bought the system from the nonprofit in March.
The Bewegen selection could mean the city will wind up no longer using the 500 nonelectric Pronto bikes it just purchased.