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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

Adaptive BIKETOWN Kickoff Party!

July 21, 2017

11:30am - 12:30pm

Details and RSVP here

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

Bring your adaptive bike! Ride to follow speakers

Photo of people riding adaptive bikes


Adaptive BIKETOWN starts today!

If you want to rent an adaptive bicycle, go to the rental website: PBOT has 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.


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.

Next Steps:

Project development and planning will continue through spring 2017. PBOT currently has a pilot concept and wants future customers, City partners such as Portland Parks and Recreation, service providers and interested parties to play an active role in developing the program. In winter 2017, PBOT will be conducting a public outreach process to further refine the pilot. PBOT has made initial inquiries to a number of bike rental shops, but further discussions need to take place. 

To date, PBOT’s outreach has focused on people with disabilities that are using wheelchairs or mobility devices. Staff recognize the need to broaden this to include people that may have balance issues, such as seniors. 

Get Involved!

  • Please take our survey

  • Stay up-to-date on the Adaptive Bicycle Pilot development with email updates - sign up here (make sure to select Adaptive Bicycle from the drop down menu)

  • You can also follow the Adaptive Bicycle Workgroup Meetings online or attend in person. (Please note that public comment is limited to the beginning of the meeting)

  • Questions or comments? Please contact Steve Hoyt-McBeth, (503) 823-7191 (News Media please contact Dylan Rivera, (503) 823-3723)

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

Photo of person riding adaptive bicycle courtesy of Jonathan Maus,

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