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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Adaptive Bicycle Rental Pilot Project

Thank you to everyone who made Adaptive BIKETOWN’s 2017 pilot season successful!

The pilot is now closed for 2017 season.

Please stay tuned, as we’ll be announcing our 2018 season dates soon.

Learn more at

Photo of people riding adaptive bikes


Ride Adaptive BIKETOWN!

If you want to rent an adaptive bicycle, go to the rental website: PBOT selected Kerr Bikes as its bike shop partner to provide adaptive bicycles for short term rentals. Learn more about the project on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Rental location: Kerr Bikes (near OMSI)
Eastbank Esplanade, 1945 SE Water Ave, Building B
Portland, OR  97214


PBOT has received two requests for physical accommodation with its BIKETOWN bike share system. PBOT staff have interviewed bike share systems in other cities, City program staff, companies and organizations serving people with disabilities, and most importantly Portlanders with disabilities.

In summer 2016, PBOT attended the Adaptive Bicycle Clinic, Wheel Connect (an event sponsored by Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection), and Incight's Summer HandCycling Series. Staff interviewed a number of people with disabilities about an adaptive bicycling rental service.  

The pilot concept is based on interviews with Portlanders using mobility devices that expressed an interest in an adaptive bicycling rental service. Individuals with disabilities interviewed almost universally expressed a desire and/or need for a staffed service. Individuals explained their need for personal wheelchair storage and assistance with fitting, the need or desire for staff assistance to move between their mobility device and the adaptive bicycle. Because of safety concerns of riding in auto traffic, and a primary interest in exercise and recreation, people wanted to use adaptive bicycles to ride on trails or paths without motor vehicles. 

At this time, the intent is to focus on adaptive cycle rentals through existing bike rental businesses located on or in close proximity to non-motorized trails. PBOT is considering providing both hand bicycles and three wheeled bicycles. Longer term adaptive bicycle rental is currently available through Adaptive Sports Northwest.

PBOT Staff Contact: Steve Hoyt-McBeth,, (503) 823-7191.


Adaptive BIKETOWN 2017 Pilot Recap

Adaptive BIKETOWN infographic - 2017 by the numbers.

Adaptive BIKETOWN Flyer

Flyer summarizing project for customers

Other Resources for Adaptive Bicycling

City of Portland and community programs to support people with disabilities interested in adaptive bicycling


Answers to common questions about the pilot project

LA Times - Portland's bike-share program was called exclusive - here's what it's doing about it.

April 2017 profile by the LA Times on Portland's Adaptive Bike PIlot Project

Citylab - Portland wants to make bike share accessible to disabled riders

A March 2017 story in The Atlantic's Citylab about Portland's Adaptive Bicycle Rental Pilot

Open House Adaptive Bicycle Rental Pilot Open House

April 25, 2017: Learn about Portland’s 2017 adaptive bike rental pilot and provide PBOT feedback on project design