Best books for Seattle newbies plus two more things to know

Seattle is killing its bike share program. You know those green bikes you can rent and ride around town? Well, a couple months ago the city said it would replace them with electric bikes because people weren’t using them enough (and who couldn’t use help on all these hills?). Then last Friday, the city announced it’s getting rid of its bike share program altogether and not replacing it with something new. Instead, the city will allocate more than $3 million dollars of funding it had for the program to bike and pedestrian improvements. Dan Beekman and Jessica Lee of The Seattle Times share more on the timeline of the doomed bike share program. Your last day to hop a ride? March 31.

New to the city? Here are some books to fill you in on Seattle’s history and culture: There’s a fiction and non-fiction list, put together by long-time book editor Mary Ann Gwinn of The Seattle Times, and the books should keep you busy on those rainy indoor days. Just add a drizzly window and a hot cup of tea. ?

One-fifth of Seattle is trees. That’s according to Treepedia, a project out of MIT that measured the tree canopy coverage of 13 different cities worldwide to see how they compare. Vancouver has us beat at 26 percent canopy coverage — about a quarter of the city — but we bet their trees aren’t as nice as ours. (Thanks to reader Mike Monteleone for the tip.)