BIKETOWN get pumped
Portland bike share program BIKETOWN is expanding all the way to Brooklyn and artsy Alberta.
Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman along with PBOT officials and Alberta Main Street representatives announced a substantial expansion of the BIKETOWN service area Thursday.
The full expansion of the program will be as follows:The service area is expanding to the west to North Gay Avenue and the Overlook neighborhood's main street, North Killingsworth. The Northeast expansion will extend north to Jarrett Street and north east to NE 33rd Avenue north of Prescott and to NE 21st Avenue south of Prescott, including the Alberta Street business district along with businesses on N and NE Killingsworth. Expansions in Southeast Portland include Brooklyn's main street district and extend the boundary east to SE 43rd Avenue and 44th Avenue between SE Alder and Harrison. In north Portland a satellite expansion is also being piloted on Swan Island around the Daimler Trucks North America campus.
"We launched BIKETOWN just over ten months ago," said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, "and already we are expanding it. I am especially glad that this expansion is possible without any additional cost to the public."
So that tourists will subsidize locals, bike rental costs $12 a day, or $12 a month for members. Bikes can be reserved, moved from hub-to-hub or dropped at unofficial spots for an extra $2.
"Starting on day one, we received questions about when we would be expanding BIKETOWN," said Director Leah Treat. "That is why today is so exciting. With this expansion, we're delivering for our fellow Portlanders and bringing the benefits of BIKETOWN to more neighborhoods and businesses."
During a public comment period in May, PBOT heard from over 800 Portlanders.
The response was overwhelmingly in support of the proposed expansion, according to a release from PBOT.
PBOT has also created two super hubs where users may park a BIKETOWN bike at any public rack without an additional charge. Currently, locking an orange bike to a non-orange rack such as a regular bike rack, or a fence or a pole incurs a $2 charge to the renter.
BIKETOWN members can earn a dollar for every bike they find parked at unofficial spots by returning them to the official orange racks. (At night this work is done by truck drivers who "balance" the bikes by returning them form crowded racks to emptier ones.)
In April more than 200 Biketown bikes were vandalized in attacks at 11 stations. Tires and seats were slashed, spokes cut and screens on bikes were tagged.
At the time Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the transportation bureau, called the vandalism "senseless" and vowed to catch the culprits. PBOT spokesperson John Brady said Friday, "The bikes and stations have all been repaired. The police have not yet apprehended anyone for the crime."
The new hubs are in the Central Eastside Industrial District and the PSU campus.
BIKETOWN opened in July 2016 with 1,000 members, growing to 3,000 by the end of 2016. Thirty eight thousand users took more than 160,000 trips in 2016. They travelled 312,690 miles, and average of two miles per trip.