March 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PortlandBureau of Transportation
Portland ‘bike share’ stays on track for 2013 debut
PORTLAND,Ore.– A proposed “bike share” system forPortlandmoved one step closer to reality today when City Council authorized a request for proposals to solicit a private sector operator.
“Bike share will be a great addition toNorth America’s most bike-friendly city,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “It’s a simple, attractive alternative to making quick trips by car. Bike share systems are popping up all over, from American cities likeWashington,D.C., andDenver, to foreign cities. We’ve waited to see what these cities learned from their own bike share launches and are confident a private sector partner can be successful inPortland.”
Bike share systems let people check out a bicycle to ride from one point in the city to another for a small fee. In cities across the globe, bike share systems have proven popular and successful by giving residents and visitors a fast, inexpensive and easy transportation option. The project will be funded by a federal grant, along with private sponsorships and user fees.
Having a bike share system inPortlandmeans giving residents and visitors an efficient, sustainable choice. Our region has a comprehensive and safe bikeway network that bike share customers can use to cover short trips quickly. Bike share riders will move throughout the city without adding to road congestion and parking demand, while improving air quality and personal health by forgoing a car trip. Residents, business owners and travelers want bike share to come toPortlandfor all these reasons.
Portland City Council authorized the release today of a request for proposals to solicit bids from companies interested in installing and operating a large scale bike share system inPortland. The RFP is expected for public release at the end of the week. In December 2011, the Metro Council awarded $2 million in federal transportation funds to pursue Portland Bike Share. Bike share is expected to be operational by spring 2013.
Bike share currently operates in 16 American cities, with another 14 in the planning stage. Bike share cities such asDenverandMinneapolishave seen reductions in drive-alone trips and an increase in bicycling since launching bike share systems.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation launched a new Portland Bike Share website this week at www.pdxbikeshare.com. The general public can visit the site to learn more about bike share and use a “crowd sourcing” tool that allows users to recommend locations for bike share stations using an interactive map and share their points through Facebook and Twitter.