portland bike share
Alta Bicycle Share Vice President Mia Birk acknowledged Wednesday that "we definitely make mistakes," but that her fast-growing company is learning from its possible violation of federal labor rules and taking steps to avoid future wage issues.
Meanwhile, Portland city lawyers say the "prevailing wage" law that Alta may have run afoul of in Washington, D.C., which requires government contractors to be paid at higher than market price, won't affect Portland's forthcoming bike share system because it applies only to direct contracts with the District of Columbia or federal government itself. (more...)
at the Porltand Art Museum last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
At the Portland Art Museum last night, high society donors mixed with corporate bigwigs and local bike industry luminaries. While PAM got in a few words about their upcoming major exhibition of Cyclepedia (opens June 8th), the main reason for the gathering was to wine-and-dine potential sponsors of the forthcoming Portland Bike Share system.
While the event put a shine on bike share in hopes to woo sponsors, it underscored an urgent need to raise money. So far the system only has $1.8 million in the bank thanks to a federal grant. However, the estimate to fully launch (750 bikes) and operate the system in the first year is $6.6 million ($4.7 million to get the system on the street and $1.9 million in operating costs). That leaves a significant funding gap that PBOT and Alta need to close. Given that the goal is to launch a complete system, rather than trickle out bikes and stations in phases, the City would prefer to wait until all that sponsorship money is in hand before moving forward. (more...)
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A Metro committee unanimously approved a $70.7 million package of federal "regional flexible funding" at a meeting of their Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) this morning. 14 projects (totaling $22.9 million) — including $2.0 million for the Portland Bike Sharing Project — were included in the passed resolution.
But prior to the vote, there was a heated exchange between Mayor Sam Adams and Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury. It came after two citizens gave testimony to the committee about concerns that equity considerations and public input around the bike sharing project has been inadequate. Kafoury supported the concerns and tried to delay a vote on the project, while Adams spoke up in its defense. (more...)
This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, a 10-minute newsmagazine and wiki for public transit riders in Portland.
No, bike sharing will be for people who rode in on buses, trains, planes or automobiles. That's what makes it so interesting, especially to transit people like me. That's also why the price for using Portland's future bike sharing system is going to be very, very important.
Nobody cares more about price than a newbie.
When Portland last hosted a bike share demonstration, the concept was still just a twinkle in PBOT's eye. But now with a green light to accept $2 million in federal seed funding, a similar demonstration held today in downtown Portland put the idea in a much different light.
Now, instead of wondering if bike-sharing will come to Portland, it's a matter of getting it right when it gets here. (more...)
Hot off the City Council adoption of a $2 million federal funding request to start bike sharing in Portland last month, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is set to host a public demonstration of what folks can expect once the project hits the streets.
The BTA says attendees of this coming Tuesday's (9/6) event will be able to kick the tires on several of the most popular bike share platforms currently in use throughout North America. Vendors expected to be at the demo include B-cycle (backed by Trek and two other corporations), Bixi (Montreal), NiceRide (Minneapolis/St. Paul), and Capital Bikeshare (Washington D.C.).
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a funding request that includes the
Portland Bike Share project.
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Along with bike share, the $9 million request includes two other active transportation projects as well as one freight project. As you've read on BikePortland in the last few days, the decision to include $2 million for bike share has proved unpopular with some people. Bike share itself is a project with a lot of support, but advocates for projects that were passed over in favor of bike share feel that PBOT made the wrong decision. (more...)
This Wednesday at City Council, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will make their pitch for four projects they want to fund with $9 million in federal Regional Flexible Funds. As per instructions from Metro (the agency that doles out the money), three of the four projects — $6.6 out of $9 million total available — are active transportation projects.