Portland revives bike share proposal

City Hall proposes putting 600 bicycles into circulation.

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Portland City Hall has proposed putting 600 bicycles into circulation as a part of a bike share program.

Mayor Charlie Hales and commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish made the proposal Wednesday.

“We are trying to gently encourage people to walk more and bike more, and use transit more,” said Novick. “We do have to do our part to reduce our carbon emissions.”

The bikes would include locking technology that works on any existing bike rack. There are 3,000 bike racks across the city of Portland, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.


The city is aiming to maximize ease of use.

Bike Portland reports the city is exploring an agreement with the New York company Social Bicycles. The proposal would place 600 bikes around the central city and inner Eastside.

The city had attempted to forge a deal with Motivate, formerly known as Portland-based Alta, in 2012. Alta sold its bike share component in October (the program had spun out from Alta Planning + Design in 2009) and renamed the company.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

Read Bike Portland’s comprehensive report here.

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