Bike-sharing system

The City of Portland is working on a bike-sharing/rental system. The system will put card-activated rental bikes in kiosks downtown.

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Biketown 2.0 will launch very soon: Here’s what you need to know

Posted on September 3rd, 2020 at 9:06 am.

Caught a new Biketown bike in the wild riding around Mt. Tabor a few days ago.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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New Biketown e-bikes will be nice, but at what price?

Posted on July 21st, 2020 at 3:01 pm.

Biketown pricing has always been a sensitive subject.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland from vandalism incident in April 2017).

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Portland announces major bike share expansion with 1,500 new e-bikes

Posted on July 16th, 2020 at 9:13 am.

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Sources: Portland bike share talks break down, Uber now in line for major expansion contract

Posted on May 5th, 2020 at 12:01 pm.

A Jump bicycle in Seattle.
(Photo: Seattle Department of Transportation)

Sources say the Portland Bureau of Transportation has ended bike share contract negotiations with Lyft and is now jumping on board with Uber.

PBOT sought bidders for a major bike share system expansion last fall and opted to stay with Lyft, the company that owns Biketown operator Motivate Inc. Portland’s current contract with Lyft ended in April and PBOT had been negotiating an extension of that agreement since December. As The Oregonian reported in January, the plan was to stay with Lyft and complete a seamless transition to a larger service area and launch an all-electric bike share fleet this summer.

That plan appears to have shifted.
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Portland has slashed the price of the Biketown bike share system

Posted on April 9th, 2020 at 9:34 am.

Cheaper than ever.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Biketown use has declined 75% amid virus outbreak

Posted on April 1st, 2020 at 2:46 pm.

Biketown station on North Williams Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT confirms Biketown will see big expansion and e-bikes in 2020

Posted on June 27th, 2019 at 10:58 am.

Oh the places they could go with an electric motor.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In news that won’t surprise anyone that’s been following along closely, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced at a city council meeting yesterday that their planned bike share expansion will include electric bikes and cover more parts of the city.
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He was worried about bike share’s impact on his business. Now he profits from it

Posted on May 23rd, 2019 at 1:42 pm.

Evan Ross, owner of Cycle Portland bike shop, tours, and rentals on SW 2nd Avenue.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Biketown will be free for 11 days this month

Posted on May 1st, 2019 at 2:52 pm.

Navy vet and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty modeling the newly designed Biketown wrap that honors military veterans.
(Photo: Biketown/City of Portland)

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Biketown will be free on Earth Day (Monday, 4/22)

Posted on April 19th, 2019 at 7:12 am.

Sun, smiles, and free Biketown? Heck yeah!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

What better way to mark Earth Day than to make bike share free?
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