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New crowdsourcing tool gives Portlanders a voice in BIKETOWN station selection
Interactive map allows Portlanders to suggest where they would like to see BIKETOWN stations.
Crowdsourcing tool part of public outreach process that will include five open houses where Portlanders can also provide feedback about station locations.
(March 9, 2016) – A new website was unveiled today that will allow Portlanders to lend their voices to the BIKETOWN bike share station siting process. Through the website, the public can provide feedback on 300 proposed station locations in the BIKETOWN service area. This feedback will then be used by PBOT and Motivate to select the final 100 station locations. These stations will be installed ahead of the BIKETOWN launch in July 2016.
The BIKETOWN system will include 1,000 bikes available at 100 stations. Although Portland’s ‘smart bike’ system will allow people to park anywhere within the service area for an additional fee, BIKETOWN stations will be the primary places where people can rent and return the bikes.
An analysis of residential density, employment density, transit demand, recreation demand and major city attractions was used by PBOT and Motivate to determine the BIKETOWN service area. The station siting within the service area follows a detailed criteria that includes elements such as: visibility, solar exposure, cellular/GPS reception, proximity to transit and bike routes and proximity to affordable housing.
In addition to the website, Portlanders are invited to attend any of the five open houses offered by PBOT to ask questions and provide in-person feedback about station locations. The open house dates and locations are:
About BIKETOWN: BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching in July 2016 with 1000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. A partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program will use 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 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 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 currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (California Bay Area), Citi Bike (New York and Jersey City), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md.), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline, Mass.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (Tenn.), Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia as well as Bay Area Bike Share. Motivate will add thousands of bikes to its current systems and launch a new bike share system in Portland, Oregon in 2016.
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.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation. To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.
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 the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which will be 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.