In spring 2013, Portlanders can add bike share to their lists of healthy and sustainable transportation choices.
Bike share allows people to make short trips by bike for a small fee. Users can access bicycles at stations located through a city's or region's service area.
Like many of our transportation choices, bike share works great in tandem with other modes of travel. Bike share and transit complement each other exceptionally well.
Let's say you commute downtown from Gresham and you want to bike. If you're an iron woman or man, you could wake up at 4:30 a.m. and ride 17 miles on the Springwater Corridor. Or you could bike from your house to the Gresham Central MAX stop and park your bike securely in the card-activated Bike and Ride facility. Come next spring, when you get off MAX you could jump on a bike share bike for the rest of your trip.
Or let's suppose you want to ride transit but the nearest stop is a mile from your final destination. Depending on where your office is located, there could be a bike share station that could make the transit trip feasible while providing you a quick and fun way to finish off your morning commute.
Or let's ask you to really stretch your mind and imagine that when it's time to go to work that it's raining. You want to bike but you don't feel like putting on your rain gear. So you read the morning paper on your bus ride to work. The 5pm work bell rings and lo and behold, it's sunny and glorious. Jump on bike share for a glorious ride home.
You can learn more about the Portland Bike Share project, watch videos or recommend a bike share station location at http://www.pdxBikeShare.com