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News Release: BIKETOWN Website is Live

BIKETOWN Website is Live 

Bike share program will launch this summer with 1000 bikes 

People can sign-up for email updates to track the progress of the program and get early notice when membership sign-ups open


(February 29, 2016) - Following the January announcement of the partnership with Nike to launch BIKETOWN, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Motivate, the operator of BIKETOWN, announced that, the BIKETOWN website, and social media channels are live.

As another step toward the launch of the bike share system, the BIKETOWN website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds will provide Portlanders and visitors with important program information about BIKETOWN and an easy way to connect with the new program and follow its progress. People who sign up for program updates via any of the BIKETOWN channels will be the first to know when BIKETOWN memberships go on sale later this year.

The BIKETOWN website also contains information about PBOT’s upcoming open houses where the public is invited to learn more about bike share and weigh in on BIKETOWN's proposed station locations.

Later this year people will be able to sign up for memberships on the BIKETOWN website and the site will also host a real-time map showing the locations of the BIKETOWN bikes and stations once the program launches.

Find out more about BIKETOWN and follow the program’s progress towards launch this July at:


About BIKETOWN: BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching in July 2016 with 1000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. A partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program will use innovative new “smart bikes” which will make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About Motivate: Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities.  Motivate currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (California Bay Area), Citi Bike (New York and Jersey City), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md.), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline, Mass.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (Tenn.), Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia as well as Bay Area Bike Share. Motivate will add thousands of bikes to its current systems and launch a new bike share system in Portland, Oregon in 2016.  

About PBOT: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

About Nike: Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which will be the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs.