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Fate of old Biketown bikes now in state hands

Avatar by on October 19th, 2020 at 1:56 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

These are dark times for the old Biketown bikes. Once celebrated, they’ve been relegated to a cold corner of a city-owned storage area. While the new electric-assist bikes gather attention and adoring fans, the 1,000 or so old bikes just gather dust.

While they weren’t integrated into the new system, the old bikes have lots of mileage left in them and it would be a shame (and a PR debacle) if they ended up in a scrap heap. If the City of Portland has their way, the bikes will see action again someday.

Back in August we wondered what their future would be. Now we’ve heard a bit of an update.[Read more…]

‘No immediate plans’ for Biketown re-opening as smoke-filled air lingers

Avatar by on September 14th, 2020 at 4:24 pm

“This service outage is a good opportunity for leadership at Lyft to better articulate how their bike share systems plan to operate in emergency situations,”
— Tarani Duncan, bike share industry veteran

A man riding on the Broadway Bridge on September 10th.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Biketown 2.0 is here and the electric bike share era has begun

Avatar by on September 9th, 2020 at 11:25 am

All ready to go.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Biketown’s new e-bike fleet launches Wednesday

Avatar by on September 8th, 2020 at 6:47 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s much-ballyhooed all-electric fleet of new bike share bikes will launch on Wednesday.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation just made the official announcement and will host a press conference tomorrow in east Portland.

As we reported back in July this expansion comes with a host of changes — most notably a widely expanded service area, higher prices, and of course zippy new bikes that have been completely redesigned. [Read more…]

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

Avatar by 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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Ask BikePortland: Why can’t I take my Biketown bike on TriMet bus/MAX?

Avatar by on August 18th, 2020 at 12:50 pm

Bike to transit = good. Bike on transit = bad.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Today’s questions comes from reader Chris C.

Chris was surprised when a TriMet operator told him he couldn’t put his Biketown bike on the bus rack. Here’s his question:

“I learned from first-hand experience today that a TriMet bus will not allow a Biketown rental bike to be transported, because it is a Biketown bike. (I don’t believe there’s a similar restriction on the MAX trains, but I may be wrong.) Do you happen to know the public policy reason for that rule?”

I first reached out to TriMet and they pointed me to Biketown’s terms of service which state bikes, “cannot be taken on a car, ferry, bus, streetcar, MAX or train…” [Read more…]

What should PBOT do with old Biketown bikes?

Avatar by on August 4th, 2020 at 10:52 am

The old bikes still have plenty of life in them.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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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