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News Blog: Half a million rides and counting! BIKETOWN Releases Trip Data

Data release lets Portlanders crunch the numbers about various aspects of the BIKETOWN experience

BIKETOWN data dashboard

BIKETOWN's new, interactive data dashboard provides the public with an inside look at how the bike share program is used by riders.

 

(April 20, 2018) Today BIKETOWN, the City of Portland’s public bike sharing system, released data on its 520,000 user trips since its opening in July 2016.

Since the launch of BIKETOWN on July 19, 2016 through March 31, 2018, users have taken 519,494 trips totaling 1,058,081 miles. PBOT will update the System Data page quarterly and the bureau plans to release additional data showing trip patterns in the coming months. The BIKETOWN System Data page (BIKETOWNpdx.com/system-data) includes a BIKETOWN Dashboard. The dashboard allows the public to explore the data and use it on their own. This includes interactive features that allow the public to graphically display BIKETOWN’s trip data by specific search criteria, such as month, station location, frequency of trips per station, trip length, trip distance, and member type. The data is available as a downloadable file for transportation planners, developers, graphic designers and other interested parties to utilize in their own work and to understand how BIKETOWN is helping Portlanders get around the city.

Since BIKETOWN's launch, 111,000 people have used the bike share system. There are 3,469 current annual members. The average trip length for all users is 2.04 miles and the average trip time is 25 minutes.

BIKETOWN weekday usage is highest on weekdays during evening peak commute hours between 4:00 to 6:00pm. Ridership is strong throughout the weekend. The busiest month was July 2017, when users took 54,470 trips.

PBOT uses BIKETOWN ride data to help identify areas of demand and to think broadly about system improvements and efficiencies. The data is aggregated to protect user privacy.

Among local users, 25% of BIKETOWN trips replace automobile trips. An amenity for Portlanders and visitors alike, local residents using the system make up the majority of BIKETOWN trips. Learn more about BIKETOWN at www.biketownpdx.com

 


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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

 

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, including: the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari, BETRUE and five soon-to-be designs resulting from the BIKETOWN Design Challenge.

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 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Bay Area Bike Share (San Francisco Bay Area) and Hubway in the Boston area. International Motivate bike share systems include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia). www.motivateco.com 

News Release: Ride Free in May! BIKETOWN celebrates Bike Month with free rides for all

Adaptive BIKETOWN and BIKETOWN For All also included in the celebratory promotion

(April 24, 2018) The sun is out and it’s time to ride! The Portland Bureau of Transportation(PBOT) and BIKETOWN are pleased to announce a special promotion for the month of May – ride free all month and park free at any public bike rack in the entire BIKETOWN service area.

New and existing BIKETOWN riders will all qualify for 90 minutes of free ride time per day. After 90 minutes of daily use, users will be charged 10 cents per minute. Annual members of the bike share program will receive a promotional code for a $12 discount to cover their membership fee for the month. The promotion applies to BIKETOWN’s sister programs as well – Adaptive BIKETOWN, which makes biking accessible for people with disabilities, and BIKETOWN for All, which offers discounted BIKETOWN memberships to Portland-area residents living on low incomes. 

Throughout the month of May, BIKETOWN riders will be able to park their bikes at any public bike rack within the BIKETOWN service area for no additional fee, expanding on the program’s pre-existing Super Hub Zones. PBOT and BIKETOWN will also offer “WaterfrontWednesdays” - free, guided bike rides from Waterfront Park at noon every Wednesday in May for people interested in trying BIKETOWN in a comfortable, low-stress setting on Better Naito and the Eastbank Esplanade. Meet at the BIKETOWN station at SW Salmon at Naito, across the street from Salmon Springs Fountain.  

“With over half a million rides taken in the last two years, it’s clear that Portlanders have embraced the convenience and fun of bike share,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “I look forward to seeing even more people take BIKETOWN and Adaptive BIKETOWN for a spin this May and hope they will enjoy riding as much as I do.” 

People interested in taking advantage of BIKETOWN’s free ride promotion must sign upthrough the website, mobile app or at a station kiosk and select the "Single Ride" plan. Current BIKETOWN Annual Members can log in to their account, choose "Memberships" and apply the "BIKEMONTH18" promo code to their existing account. Day passes will still be charged $12 for three hours of ride time. 

The Adaptive BIKETOWN 2018 pilot program begins May 1, and runs through Sept. 30. People with disabilities and others who qualify for a TriMet Honored Citizens Pass can ride Adaptive BIKETOWN for up to three hours a day. Their rides will be free for the month. Members of the general public who would like to try an adaptive bike using Adaptive BIKETOWN will be charged the normal hourly rate.  

Adaptive BIKETOWN bikes will be available for rent online, or by visiting PBOT’s rental partner, Kerr Bikes, at their Eastbank Esplanade/OMSI location, 1945 SE Water Ave., BldgB, Portland, OR 97214. More details and hours of operation are available online

The orange BIKETOWN bikes have quickly been embraced as an integral part of bicycling culture in Portland, the city with the highest bike commute rate among major U.S. cities. Since the program’s launch in July 2016, BIKETOWN riders have logged over 520,000 trips and 1,058,081 miles. Among local users, survey data shows that 25% of trips are replacing auto trips, proving BIKETOWN as an essential strategy in meeting the City's goals to reduce congestion and climate pollution.

 


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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

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, including: the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari, BETRUE and five soon-to-be designs resulting from the BIKETOWN Design Challenge. 

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 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Bay Area Bike Share (San Francisco Bay Area) and Hubway in the Boston area. International Motivate bike share systems include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia). www.motivateco.com  

Traffic Advisory: Street maintenance project on N. Rosa Parks Way through May 7th, 2018

(April 26th, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements are scheduled on N Rosa Parks Way from N Willamette Boulevard to N Delaware Avenue beginning Thursday, April 26th and continuing through approximately May 7, 2018. The work will take place from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and weekend.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.75 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: PBOT, Rose Festival and Adaptive BIKETOWN celebrate return of Better Naito and launch of Portland Bike Month

(May 1, 2018) City, community and business leaders gathered at Salmon Street Springs in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park today to celebrate both the fourth annual Better Naito street transformation and the launch of a new season of Adaptive BIKETOWN. Better Naito, which creates a safe space for people to travel to and along Waterfront Park during the busy summer months, will last for five months from May 1 to Sept. 30. 

Every year the popular festivals in Waterfront Park draw hundreds of thousands of people. During the peak season between April and November, an additional 15,000 more people per day visit the waterfront. Better Naito gives these visitors a protected space to get to and around Waterfront Park by creating a multiuse path along Naito Parkway from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge. 

"These festivals are not just wonderful community traditions, they bring people downtown from all over the state and boost our local economy," said Art Pearce, Group Manager of Policy, Planning and Projects for PBOT. "The waterfront is the heart and soul of Portland. Whether walking to a festival, taking a bike ride on the esplanade, or going on a lunch-hour run, we want to make sure Portlanders and visitors can enjoy the waterfront in safety and comfort."

"We got a good look at it last year and we feel it really works well," said Jeff Curtis, Rose Festival Chief Executive Officer. "It's been a safe and valuable addition to the waterfront in the busy summer months."

Traffic counts conducted during last year's Better Naito show the project was incredibly popular with people traveling to and along the waterfront by bike and by foot. In just one day, more than 12,000 pedestrians used Better Naito to access the Waterfront Blues Fest. What's more, 393,173 one-way trips were taken by people bicycling on Better Naito over the five-month period. 

The 2017 season had minimal impact on motor vehicle travel times in the corridor. Observations and analysis found that during peak morning commute hours (7:00 AM), driving times for northbound traffic from SW Clay St to SW Stark St increased by 1 minute 28 seconds. Similarly, the traffic impact for afternoon peak commuters was an additional 1 minute and 33 seconds. These results were consistent with analyses of traffic times in 2015 and 2016.

The first Better Naito in 2015 was a two-week pilot project developed by Better Block PDX, Portland State University, and a host of community partners. Prior to Better Naito, people were often forced to walk in the bike lane, squeeze onto narrow dirt paths, or bike in a travel lane with motor vehicles to reach waterfront events.

After the successful 2015 and 2016 Better Naito projects run by volunteers, City Council unanimously voted in November 2016 to make Better Naito an official City program and directed PBOT to implement it. The Portland City Council also provided funding to sustain the project for five summers. 

Feedback is welcomed via email at NaitoParkway@PortlandOregon.gov. You can also leave a voice message at 503-823-4321. The public is encouraged to share their feedback on social media with the hashtag #BetterNaito.

Loading and unloading of passengers and freight will be managed by PBOT and enforced by PBOT's Parking Enforcement division. The bureau has designated a passenger drop off and pick up zone on the north side of SW Taylor, closest to SW Naito. PBOT’s Parking Enforcement officers will be citing vehicles stopped in Better Naito without loading permits.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE 63rd Avenue to SE 67th Avenue through May 5th

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

(May 1st, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE 63rd Avenue to SE 67th Avenue. The project which began today, Tuesday, May 1, will continue through approximately May 5, 2018. The work will take place from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and weekend.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

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.