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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioners Novick and Fish will join Metro Councilor Sam Chase and Portland Bike Share Executives to celebrate passage of bike share ordinance, other Portland bicycle milestones

Model bike and station available for media test rides

(Sept. 23, 2015) On Thursday, September 24th, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, and Commissioner Nick Fish will join the Chief Executive Officers of Motivate and Social Bicycles to mark the passage of the ordinance bringing bike share to Portland. They will also celebrate Portland’s latest bicycle related milestones, including recent U.S. Census data showing to a significant increase in bike commuting and the release of the most recent Portland Bicycle Count Report.

WHO: Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish
Metro Councilor Sam Chase
Motivate CEO Jay Walder
Social Bicycles CEO Ryan Rzepecki
Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat

WHAT: Announcement of the passage of the amended contract with Motivate, LLC to operate Portland’s bike share system. The event will also preview bike share equipment, including the smart bikes and a docking station. Interested media will have the opportunity to try out the type of bicycle that will be used in Portland’s system. Bike share is a public bike rental system for short trips. Public bicycles are available to ride from one point 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 convenient and fun transportation option. Portland’s system is slated to open in summer 2016.

WHEN: 1:15 p.m. Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

WHERE: Fourth Avenue entrance, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

VISUALS: News media can take turns photographing and riding a Portland-themed bike share bicycle and docking station. The bicycle and station are samples of the equipment that will be available to the public when the Portland bike share system launches in 2016. City and company leaders will speak at a news conference at the entrance to City Hall and may be available for one-on-one interviews. Project supporters are also expected to attend and be available for interviews. A mult box will be available for audio recording.

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