In the summer of 2011, Portland City Council voted to make bike sharing a part of the transportation system in downtown Portland. The bike share program will bring 740 new bikes publicly accessible at 74 different bike kiosks spaced every five blocks throughout downtown Portland.
Soon, with either a monthly or a day pass, anyone will be able to check out a bike and ride it in downtown Portland with 24-hour affordable access to bikes as transit.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance played a critical role building support and winning the bold decision to ensure Portland joins the ranks of cities around the globe, in Europe, China and increasingly across North America. Bike sharing means fewer cars on the road and less congestion downtown. Bike sharing will add jobs and expand active transportation options.
With $2 million in federal funding approved by Portland City Council last month and a $2 million match from private sponsors, Portland could become the tenth U.S. city to launch a bike sharing program by the year 2014.
Expect the Portland Bureau of Transportation to send out the call to private providers of bike share systems to help design a world-class bike share program for downtown Portland.