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News Release: Motivate and BIKETOWN Launch September #womenwhobike Campaign

Campaign Celebrating Women’s Bike Month Will Encourage Women to Give Bike Share a Try with Special Events Across the Nation

Campaign Celebrating Women’s Bike Month Will Encourage Women to Give Bike Share a Try with Special Events Across the Nation

Participating systems include BIKETOWN in Portland, Citi Bike in New York, Hubway in Boston, and Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C

(September 7, 2017) BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share program, is celebrating Women’s Bike Month 2017 by kicking off its second annual #WomenWhoBike campaign during the month of September.

BIKETOWN’s celebration is part of a nation-wide campaign across the bike share systems operated by Motivate.

To celebrate the growing number of women bike riders and bike share enthusiasts in Portland, BIKETOWN is ringing in Women’s Bike Month 2017 with a variety of promotions and events.

BIKETOWN is giving new and experienced riders the chance to partake in a variety of scheduled events, bike workshops, giveaways, and local rides, including a Women Who Bike Info Fair at Holladay Park this Saturday, a “Take Life by the handlebars” ride for beginners along the waterfront, a ride to the September 24th Sunday Parkways celebration, and more. The Info Fair and end-of-month wrap party at Wildfang will include opportunities to win free BIKETOWN Day Passes and other prizes such as a Nutcase Helmet or Filmed by Bike tickets. A full list of BIKETOWN events for Women’s Bike Month is available here.

For the first time ever, BIKETOWN will offer a one-month membership for $20, allowing interested riders to try out the bikes with unlimited rides and up to 90 minutes of ride time per day for the month of September only.

Keep an eye on BIKETOWN’s social media channels and the #WomenWhoBike hashtag for stories and photos featuring female riders and women who regularly bike and use bike share.

In Portland, women account for about 32 percent of bike trips (compared to 29 percent across the nation). For PBOT, BIKETOWN is an important way of making biking in Portland more accessible to people of all genders.

"Women already make up a third of Portland’s bike ridership, but we want to see that number go higher,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “For me, BIKETOWN is a key part of getting more women on bikes, which is why I’m very happy to be celebrating Women’s Bike Month. I would encourage all of my fellow woman bike riders to take this opportunity to ride BIKETOWN. You’ll love it!”

"This September, we are proud to celebrate the role that women riders play in making bike share a crucial component of every modern city," said Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate. "It is our most important mission to make bike share accessible, equitable, and safe-- not just in September but every day of the year. While we celebrate female ridership, we recognize that more must be done across the biking industry to encourage and empower women to take to two wheels."

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 mobility.


BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate. It uses 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, 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, the global leader in bike share, operates tens of thousands of bikes across four continents. Led by an executive team with deep experience at the highest levels of public transportation and technology, the company is relentlessly focused on innovation and has a proven and sustainable business model to manage complex operations and logistics. A vertically integrated company, Motivate controls the full technology stack, enabling us to lead on the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. Motivate works in close partnership with cities to implement bike share systems that meet the unique needs of the places in which we operate. Motivate systems, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, BIKETOWN in Portland, and Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area, are responsible for over 80 percent of bike share trips taken annually. To learn more please visit the Motivate newsroom at  

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW Sam Jackson Park Road from SW 9th Avenue to SW Campus Drive, September 9-12

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .81 lane miles of pavement.

(September 7, 2017)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on SW Sam Jackson Park Road from SW 9th Avenue to SW Campus Drive will require lane closures beginning Saturday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, September 12, 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .81 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

News Release: Traffic safety reminders for Labor Day Weekend

Safety tips to combat a growing public health issue

(September 1, 2017) The Labor Day Holiday is a time of celebration. The long weekend is a time to mark the achievements of the labor movement and the unofficial end of summer. We celebrate with barbecues, outdoor recreation, and road trips. But all too often, holidays bring tragedy for those involved in traffic crashes.

During the days surrounding the July 4, 2017 holiday, seven people were killed in seven days on roads in the City of Portland. Those seven people account for nearly a quarter of all deaths on Portland’s streets so far in 2017.  These tragic deaths were all preventable.

Vision Zero Portland logo

The City of PortlandMultnomah County and 24 other agencies and community stakeholders are critical partners in Vision Zero, an effort to eliminate deaths and serious injuries by 2025 in Portland and the rest of Multnomah County

The Vision Zero Action Plan found that 91 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve impairment, speed, red-light running or other dangerous behaviors. One of our largest challenges is changing human behavior.

“One traffic death is too many,” said Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “We urge everyone, especially drivers, to take extra care this holiday so families across Portland can celebrate Labor Day weekend safely. 

“This summer’s traffic deaths show that safety on our roads is a growing public health issue,” said Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.  “The county fully supports the Vision Zero goals to eliminate these preventable deaths and injuries.”

We are asking everyone in Multnomah County to make safe travel choices this Labor Day Weekend. Specifically:

- Drive at a safe speed - nearly half of Portland's deadly crashes involve people driving at unsafe speeds.
- Drive sober - more than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated, usually by alcohol.
- Drive alert - every three hours, someone in Oregon is injured by a distracted driver. Pull over to text message, make or take a phone call.
- Look out for others - people walking and bicycling don’t have 3,000 pounds of metal to protect them in a crash.
- Buckle up!


- Twenty-eight people lost their lives on streets or highways in the City of Portland to date in 2017: more than one third were pedestrians.[1]
- There were 55 traffic deaths in Multnomah County in 2016.[2] This compares to an annual average of 41 from 2011 through 2015.
- Unintentional injuries, including those from traffic crashes, were the third leading cause of death in Multnomah County in 2015.[3]
- In 2016, 495 people died on Oregon roads, the highest number since 2003. In 2013 Oregon saw one of its safest years on record, with 313 traffic deaths. Traffic fatalities have been increasing nationwide since 2014.[4]
- Nationwide, traffic crashes were the leading cause of fatal injuries in 2015 for youth ages 5 to 24, and the second leading cause of fatal injuries for ages 25 and over.[5]  


For more information on Vision Zero, visit:



[1] Best estimate as of 8/31/2017. This figure excludes a suicide, following National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

[2] ODOT data from personal correspondence, 8/1/17.

[3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2015 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2016. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2015, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at on Aug 1, 2017 11:37:25 AM

[4] National Safety Council. (2017). Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates. Available from:


News Release: BIKETOWN for ALL expands eligibility and makes it easier than ever to sign up for the program

Jon Horton - BIKETOWN for All

BIKETOWN for All member Jon Horton is one of the top riders across the BIKETOWN system. Credit: Sarah Goforth, Portland Bureau of Transportation


(Aug. 30, 2017) – BIKETOWN for All, the program that provides Portland-area residents living on low incomes with a reduced-cost membership, has introduced significant changes to expand who qualifies for the program and to make it more convenient to sign up for the program. 

Now individuals with an Oregon Trail Card are automatically eligible for BIKETOWN for All. A new online registration form also makes it easier and faster to sign up for the program. Along with Oregon Trail Card (EBT card) cardholders, Portlanders who are affiliated with participating affordable housing, social service and non-profit community organizations are also eligible for the program.

“BIKETOWN For All is a great example of Portland’s values being seen on the ground in our community," said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "All Portlanders should have access to our bike share system, and the great partners we have here are making that a reality.”

"The more people who use BIKETOWN, the better," said PBOT Director Leah Treat. "That's our mantra and with these new changes, we're taking another significant step in the right direction. We are going to continue to look for innovative ways to expand the benefits of BIKETOWN to all Portlanders."

BIKETOWN for All is a partnership between the Community Cycling Center, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Motivate, the Better Bike Share Partnership, and participating affordable housing communities, social service agencies, and local nonprofits serving Portlanders with low incomes. 

BIKETOWN for ALL memberships are $3 per month and include unlimited rides up to 90 minutes per trip. (Full-cost memberships are $12 per month). 

Participants can pay using a credit/debit card or with cash. Card-paying members can sign up immediately by visiting and clicking the “Join BIKETOWN for All Now” button.

Cash-paying members can sign up by attending an in-person workshop. The three-hour workshop covers how to use the BIKETOWN bike share system and includes a group ride to teach essential skills for riding a bike in the city. Participants also receive a free helmet. Card-paying members are also welcome to attend these workshops, which are open to the general public. Those interested can visit for more information.  

BIKETOWN for All is funded by a grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership, as well as an in-kind donation from Motivate, the operator of BIKETOWN and other bike share systems across the country. Motivate is offering up to $54,000 by reducing the cost of 500 annual memberships to $3 per month. BIKETOWN also waives fees for parking BIKETOWN bikes outside of stations for BIKETOWN for All members.

Zoe Kircos of PeopleForBikes, which manages the Better Bike Share Partnership grant program says, "With these changes to BIKETOWN for ALL, our partners in Portland are helping more people benefit from the ease and convenience of bike share. We are happy to continue supporting these efforts."

Of the current 166 BIKETOWN for All members, over 65% pay in cash. They have ridden over 21,600 miles using BIKETOWN. BIKETOWN for All members have rebalanced over 3,000 bikes, reducing operation costs of manually bring bikes back to stations.

The Community Cycling Center has hosted 38 BIKETOWN for All workshops to date. Participating organizations include: Alder House; Harsch Properties; UGM Women and Children; Home Forward; Central City Concern; Street Roots; Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA); Pacific Towers; Lagunitas; Sisters of the Road; Elders in Action NW; Cascade AIDS Project; Impact NW; and Humboldt Gardens.  

Bike share can help reduce barriers to bicycling. A recent study conducted by PSU researchers that focused on equity in bike share concluded that bike share was well-suited to address many barriers to biking cited by low-income participants. These barriers included lacking a bicycle or being unable to afford one, lacking a safe place to store it at their home or end destination, and concerns related to mechanical troubles with one’s bike.



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 mobility.

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 part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is 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, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.

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 operates over 50% of the bike share fleet in North America, including five of the ten largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, and BIKETOWN in Portland, OR. Motivate also operates Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area which is beginning a ten-fold expansion to 7000 bikes. Motivate also powers bike share technology for over 56,000 bikes across four continents.

About Community Cycling Center
The Community Cycling Center’s vision is to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We believe that all Portlanders—regardless of income or background—should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom, and health benefits of bicycling. This is the motivation behind everything that we do. 

About Better Bikeshare Partnership
The Better Bike Share Partnership is a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. The partners include the City of Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. Initially funded in 2014 for a three-year period, The JPB Foundation renewed funding in 2017 for an additional two years. .

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