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After successful pilot, car2go will put bike racks on half their Portland fleet

Posted by on December 11th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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After what they call a “tremendous response” from a member survey, car2go announced today that they plan to outfit 50% of their Portland vehicles with bike racks.

Last month we reported on the company’s pilot of a bike rack for their Smart cars in response to requests from members. They put a few of the racks out on the road, got them in the hands of testers, and launched a member survey. Car2go’s Chief Marketing Officer Paul DeLong announced the results of that survey in an email to members today.

Among the findings (PDF here) was that 68% of the 2,190 survey respondents said they ride a bike at least once a week and 37.7% of them ride 5-7 times per week:

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Not surprisingly, 66.5% of survey respondents said it was important for their car2go vehicle to have a bike rack and 83% said they felt it was a good idea to have a bike rack even if it came at the expense of tailgate access.

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The new racks will be able to carry two bikes and members will still have access to the trunk via the rear window. When members pull the car2go app on their phone, there will be a special symbol for cars equipped with the racks.

They even made a little how-to video:

DeLong said if the program continues to go well in Portland, they’ll consider it in other cities.

“On behalf of car2go,” he wrote, “we are truly energized to launch this new initiative in Portland, and help provide a transportation option that continues to enable Portland to be the #1 bike-friendly city in North America.”

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Gary
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Gary

Awesome. Two bikes, even though the test pics and this video show one? Is that right? If so, extra good news.

paikiala
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paikiala

Reading a paper on the future of smart and connected cities, it indicated an expectation that the trend of transportation moving from an owned asset to a service is likely to continue. That said, and with Car2Go as a prime example of that new paradigm, why hasn’t Car2Go, or even TriMet, moved into the bike share void in Portland, thoughts?

Granpa
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Granpa

This is a great business model. The externalize vehicle storage costs by using public streets. Would street fees be applied to them if that comes to pass?

RH
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RH

I don’t get it. So I would drive somewhere to go for a bikeride and then have to bike ride home if someone else takes my car2go?

Ted Buehler
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A couple thoughts:

1) Way cool.

2) Now I can buy bikes at the bins even if I didn’t bring my cargo trailer.

3) Eat your heart out NYC.

Ted Buehler
— I’m one of the people that has shed a car, in part because of the availability of carshare.

Ted Buehler
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The one-way trip with bike option will open up new possibilities.

Like, for instance, if you lived in SE Portland, you and a friend could drive up to Portsmouth and Willamette Blvd, then ride back hope via the St. Johns Bridge, Leif Ericson Trail, and Springwater Corridor.

If you live in the middle of the Car2Go area, or don’t mind riding more miles to do a full loop by bike, or like to go riding at hours when the roads are jammed, its not for you.

But, there’s possibilities out there.
http://portland.car2go.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/PortlandHomeAreaMap.pdf

Or, if you need to bring some bulky stuff to work, you can drive one way with the heavy stuff and your bike, then ride back home light.

Ted Buehler

Jim L
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I was weighing a decision to sign for car-to-go. I heard that bike racks might be in the works. Now I’m ready to sign up.

resopmok
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resopmok

I think this is really exciting, and I am going to sign up now while there’s still 30 free mins. Maybe I am superblind and just missed it, but is there information on when they plan to have the racks installed?

Steve B
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Steve B

There are many possible uses for this, way to go car2go! For me, this sort of arrangement is perfect for when I’m already out on my bike, miles and hill climbs away from home, and then some other compounding factor arises–trimet not running, weather, injury/illness–which can inspire me to seek out options to get a ride home with my bike.

Another thing this does is allow me to take my bike with me on the first leg of my trip, and then bike home. I would use it in the same manner as I do a Trimet bus rack for when I want a lift with my bike on part of my journey.

Deepak
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Deepak

The thing I don’t get is why the bike rack has to an either/or thing when it comes to using it or the trunk? The situation I’m most likely going to want to do this is when I’m out on my bike and I decide to get something that is too big to fit on my bike rack so want access to the trunk and to carry my bike. Yes, the trunk space can be access from the inside but it’s not the easiest thing to do.

Jupe Blue
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Jupe Blue

Not a Car2Goer, but it seems the real advantage it to ride your bike to Car2Go that is to far away to walk to pick it up. Then load your bike and off you go.

Mike
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Mike

Nice design and great decision! On the video though, you should show the wheel chocks being undone first when removing the bike, then undoing the strap on the seat tube.