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West-side paths may get lottery grants, but bike-share expansion looks iffy

Friday, April 11th, 2014
The blue dashed lane along the south bank of the Tualatin River shows a future trail connection that might be funded by $1.6 million in state lottery proceeds.
(Image: City of Tualatin)

A mixed-use path link in Tualatin is among the top contenders for a lottery-funded state grant program that includes biking and walking projects for the first time this year.

The 0.8-mile, Tualatin River Greenway gap completion project is faring well in the state's competitive Connect Oregon program because it creates a low-stress link to jobs and retail across Interstate 5 for 67,000 nearby residents. It'd cost $3.1 million; Tualatin is hoping half will come from Connect Oregon.

Also performing well in early (and still flexible) rankings for Connect Oregon's state lottery dollars are the proposed Tigard Street Trail, which would convert an unused rail alignment to a walking/biking path along SW Tigard Street from SW Main Street to SW Tiedeman Avenue, and a TriMet proposal to add secure bike parking and safe track crossings at the Beaverton Creek and Goose Hollow MAX stations.

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3 lessons for Portland as Citi Bike struggles to break even

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Citi Bike Launch
Citi Bike's launch last summer.
(Photo: NYCDOT)

A Wall Street Journal report last week that New York City's wildly popular bike share system has been operating in the red has, understandably, rattled the Portland transportation world as we wait for a similar system here.

I'll start by rounding up the burst of media coverage, then offer some quick analysis.

The Journal report last Thursday, which we linked to in this week's Monday Roundup, kicked things off. An Oregonian news roundup followed focused the blame on Alta, the Portland-based company that manages Citi Bike and has the contract for Portland's future system. A follow-up editorial from the Oregonian called on the city to scrap its plan and put the money to other bike projects, seemingly misreading a recent bike sharing study to draw the conclusion that a Portland system is "almost certain to require a hefty annual operating subsidy from Portland taxpayers."

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With sponsors in hand, city likely to delay Portland bike share until 2015

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
City of Portland bike sharing demonstration-31
Portland appears closer than ever to a big bike share sponsorship deal, but its supplier's failed software has led to a cascading series of delays.
(Photos J.Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland is currently lining up official schedules to set a date for its announcement of private sponsors for Portland's bike share system, two sources familiar with the plans said last week and Tuesday.

"We could announce any time," PBOT Active Transportation Director Dan Bower confirmed in an interview Tuesday. "We're really looking for a good venue."

Bower also said, in the city's most certain terms to date, that the city expects to again delay its launch date, this time to spring 2015. "To get it done this fall, I would need to be at city council tomorrow," Bower said.

The scheduling of a sponsor announcement, which Bower said will certainly happen by the end of April, will be a key moment for the 750-bike, 75-station system — a sign that its main obstacle is no longer a source of money but rather the need for Alta Bicycle Share to pair working hardware and software in the wake of its main supplier's bankruptcy.

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Visualizing the cost of local transportation projects

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

More than just about anything else on BikePortland, we write about street projects — and, if our records are any indication, you like to read about them more than just about anything else, too.

But what do they cost, really? Sometimes it's hard to visualize.

So we gave it a shot:

visualizing Portland-area transportation investments
Graphic by BikePortland. The area of each circle corresponds to the cost of each project.

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Key supplier to Portland's bike share vendor files for bankruptcy (updated)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
City of Portland bike sharing demonstration-16
Montreal-based Public Bicycle System Company (PBSC), the makers of the Bixi bike share system that has been deployed throughout North America and a key supplier of equipment and technology for Portland bike share, has filed for bankruptcy.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

More big — and bad — news from Montreal's Public Bicycle System Company (PBSC, a.k.a. Bixi) was announced yesterday. The company that supplies the hardware and software for America's largest bike share systems has filed for bankruptcy protection to help restructure $38 million in debt.

In other words, in order to continue operating, the company has been granted the right to ignore some of its debts and negotiate with its creditors on any other available ways to compensate them. Though this doesn't seem likely to directly affect Portland's coming bicycle share system launch (and may actually improve things, since a bankruptcy-protected Bixi could be more financially stable) it is big news within the fast-growing bike sharing industry.

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The Oregonian Editorial Board on Portland's "risky bike share venture"

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

"Bike sharing isn’t essential, and a bike-sharing system with unexpected complications requiring city subsidies would undermine the public’s confidence in the city’s ability to set priorities and manage money."
— Oregonian Editorial Board, December 21st, 2013.

With a big announcement about the Portland Bike Share system likely to come this month, The Oregonian Editorial Board is making it clear where they stand. Portland's risky bike-share venture is the title of their editorial that ran on the front page of the opinion section on December 21st.

The piece reflects the opinion of the members of the O's editorial board: Mark Hester, Erik Lukens, Susan Nielsen, Len Reed and David Sarasohn. As our bike share system gets closer to reality, we'll be watching closely how the local media tries to frame the narrative around the project. After all, the project has all the components of a media freakout: the concept (at least on this scale) is unprecedented in Portland, bike share is usually misunderstood by people that haven't used it (just like cycling in general), it's an idea first championed by former Mayor Sam Adams, and it involves bicycling. (more...)

City, Alta Bicycle Share secure funding for Portland Bike Share system

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Screen grab from Portland Bike Share website.

After a year-long hunt for private sponsors that left many doubting whether it was possible, Alta Bicycle Share and the City of Portland have lined up agreements that will bring a publicly funded bicycle sharing system to Portland.

"Bike share private sponsorships are secured and available before the initial system launch in 2014," the city wrote in a state grant application dated Nov. 21 (PDF).

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'20s Bikeway' is an ideal artery for bike sharing, calculations show

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Bike corral on SE 28th at Ankeny-10
Bike traffic is already healthy at SE 28th and Ankeny.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Buried in Portland's new application for $2.5 million to expand its proposed bike sharing system into Portland's eastside neighborhoods is a bit of analysis worth noting.

According to modeling prepared early last year by Alta Bicycle Share, the commercial spine of the 20s bikeway project, between NE Sandy and SE Clinton, is cut out to be one of the city's best areas for bicycle sharing outside downtown.

It's a calculation that raises the stakes somewhat for this much-discussed project, since a successful bike share system depends on creating bikeways that appeal to people who don't frequently ride.

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10 key details from Portland's bike share proposal and contract

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
A rendering by Alta Bicycle Share of a future Portland
bike share station at downtown's Director Park.

As public bike share systems continue to become standard public services in cities around the country, we figured it was time to learn more about what's in store for Portland.
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Where should Portland's bikeshare stations go? Ten maps that might help

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Portland's draft plan for locations of the first bikeshare stations, shared online by KATU.com. Possible phase-two expansion locations are purple, and eventual expansion areas in blue. (Click to enlarge)

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