10 things we learned from Pronto bike-share data, which has been shared with the public for a data-visualization contest called the Pronto Data Challenge.
Meantime, the nonprofit currently running Pronto is holding a data and visualization challenge to encourage the public to examine how people are using the system. A full year of the network’s data is available online.
Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, and a number of prizes are on the line.
As we wait for visualizations of more than 142,000 Pronto trips, here are 10 things to know about Pronto:
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• More than 77 percent of the trips taken by Pronto members last year were by men.
• Most trips (57 percent) were taken by people ages 25-35.
• 61 percent of trips were taken by Pronto annual passholders.
• No surprise, Pronto riders are traveling downhill more often than not. Just 35 percent of rides started at a lower elevation than they ended.
• Riders took relatively short trips. The average trip was a little more than 20 minutes. Pronto members spent just 10 minutes on an average trip. Short-term passholders (24 hours or three days), meanwhile, took 36 minutes per trip.
• Pronto trips peaked in July.
• More people rode Pronto on Thursday than any other day of the week. On Sunday, trips dipped substantially.
• The afternoon commute (4-6 p.m.) saw the most Pronto traffic.
• The busiest Pronto stations (both departures and arrivals) are in the downtown core, on the waterfront and in South Lake Union. Top 5 stations: Pier 69 (Alaskan Way and Clay Street), 2nd Avenue and Pine Street, 3rd Avenue and Broad Street, Westlake Avenue and Sixth Avenue, Ninth Avenue and Westlake.
• The most common trip was from Pier 69 … right back to Pier 69. The bikes were likely used by tourists because about 89 percent of these trips were made by short-term passholders and the average trip lasted a rather high 52 minutes.