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The annual Biketown report records an 87 percent increase in the $99 annual bicycle rental memberships.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland's Biketown rental program gained popularity in 2018, with annual memberships increasing about 87 percent.Portland's Biketown is riding a wave of popularity.

A new city report points to a 28 percent in ridership for the bicycle rental program during 2018, with nearly 400,000 trips on Biketown cycles last year.

Biketown's annual report, released Wednesday, March 13, reports an 87 percent increase in the $99 annual bicycle rental memberships from 3,518 in 2017 to 6,600 in 2018.

Biketown offers about 1,000 bicycles for rent at about 147 kiosks in parts of the city. It began in 2016 and ridership has increased every year, according to the report.

Program 2018 highlights include:

• Expansion of the service area to Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully and Hollywood, and lowering prices.

• Creation of five new "bike wrap" community designs.

•Adaptive Biketown cycles for people with different abilities.

• During May's Ride Free program, people took 79,399 free rides, with 11,000 Portlanders riding the rental bikes for the first time.

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