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Workgroup Meeting #1 - Meeting Notes

Adaptive Bicycling Pilot Project

Workgroup Meeting Notes

Meeting 1

March 21, 2017

Submitted by Steve Hoyt-McBeth, Portland Bureau of Transportation

I.            Attendance

Adaptive Bike Workgroup members: Deidre Hall, Joanne Johnson, Mark Noonan, Angel Ray, Jeremy Robbins, Christian Rusby, Fern Wilgus.  Not Present: Karl Moritz, Jennifer Wilde

Bike Shops: Adam Admundsen, Different Spokes; Craig Rusch and Ryan Ross, Kerr Bikes

City staff to Workgroup:  Nickole Cheron, Office of Equity and Human Rights; Liz Hormann and Steve Hoyt-McBeth, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Members of the public:  Pearla Stillwater

II.          Public Comment:     

Pearla Stillwater:        Felt were excluded in the initial rollout and don’t understand why not involved. Personal passion. It should have had equitable access when you roll this out.  College age students: ‘I don’t know how this happened in this first place – that every single student didn’t have access to the program when they first come out.

III.         Introductions and Group Activity – Tell your experience with biking and any concerns you have about the pilot. 

Jeremy Robbins – Bike crazy. Finished up bike racing team, very disappointed that adaptive bikes weren’t apart of initial bike share rollout

Deidre Hall:     Bike history.  Grew up in small town. Haven’t ridden a bike since a youth. Excited to be involved and to be able to bike.

Concern: this won’t come to fruition.

Joanne Johnson – Office of Neighborhood Involvement.  Biked as a kid. Have a handcycle in Michigan, but didn’t bring because of storage.

Concern:  Fittings done by a professional.  Question or thought: How can it have longevity? (The startup phase takes a while).

Adam Amundsen – Different Spokes. Bike shop owner that focuses on adaptive bicycles.  

Concern: If it doesn’t have buy-in from the community, I’m afraid that it won’t be used.

Mark Noonan, Elders in Action

Doing outreach around BIKETOWN for ALL. Haven’t biked in 30 years, but see orange bikes.

Concerns: Challenges that older adults have (myopathy), biking in traffic.

Christian Rusby, Community Representative

Biking a huge part of life. Commuting, transportation, did a bike ride. Experienced a head injury. Used a trike the last several years, just graduated .

Excited:             Relative flat city compared to Portland

Concerns:         Strong equity concern – see bikes as a great tool.

Fern Wilson – Brain Injury NW (staff to organization).

We were up in arms that there was no accommodation at launch of bike share. Safety issues be considered as part of this.

Excited:             Being a pilot program, doing something.

Concern:           Unique needs of different people. Multiple styles of transportation.

Steve Hoyt-McBeth, PBOT

Excited:  See program beginning to get off the ground. Concern: Getting the word out to the community.

Craig Rusch – Albertina Kerr Center/Kerr Bikes.     

Kerr Bikes is a bike rental business that helps get clients out into community and provides business experience.  

Excited:             Having lighter bikes that are accessible to people with disabilities.  Concerns:  There are few locations, less access than BIKETOWN stations (100). How do we provide access? 

Ryan Ross – Albertina Kerr Center/Kerr Bikes.     

Concerns:         A lot different from operational perspective from existing rental bike business.

Liz Hormann – PBOT

Excited:             To have everyone here. 

Angel Ray– Community Representative

Experience with bikes. I am “totally blind” – experience is as part of a biking team. Dream is to be able to ride. Excited to have a bike where there are trails.

Concern:           How is this going to work? Just curious on how to this concerns.

IV.         Community Survey Overview

  1. 192 total respondents
    1. 122 respondents people who identify as having a disability, a family member, or someone who thinks they will use an adaptive bicycle
    2. 70 of those who were interested, but not riding
  2. 86% not biking as much as they want to
  3. Barriers to Bicycling – very varied:
    1. Ownerships, transporting bike, physical ability to ride 2-wheel
  4. Type of bikes
    1. Hand Cycle and Trike highest, some also wanted tandem by tandem
    2. Joanne Johnson – some concerns about parking it (infrastructure both parking and facilities not designed for adaptive bikes)
  5. 71% somewhat or likely to rent near Waterfront Park and Springwater Corridor
  6. Branding –
    1. 62% of it wasn’t important
  7. Additional Thoughts
    1. Need storage for wheelchair or other mobility device
    2. Keep the cost low – potential subsidies
    3. Adjustability – to serve people of different sizes and abilities

V.           Project Concept

               A.           BIKETOWN – high level overview of bike share in general

                              a.  Launched in July

               B.           Bike Share – definition from USDOT

                              a. transit – point to point trips

                              b. self-serve bike station and return to a station

               C.           Using BIKETOWN – self-service system with kiosk, mobile app,

                              a. no storage for personal items

               D.           PBOT’s Initial 2016 outreach

                              a. Adaptive Bicycle Clinic

                              b. Wheel Connect – Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection

                              c. PIR Hand Cycle Series

                              d. Meetings with community organizations:

1.           Incight

2.           Elders in Action

3.           Portland Commission on Disabilities

4.           Portland Parks Adaptive and Inclusive program

5.           Adaptive Sports NW

6.           Eugene Parks Adaptive Bike Rental program

E.           Pilot Project Concept – Designed based on what we heard from people with disabilities told us they wanted:

                              a. Staffed Service

                              b. Provide fitting and other services

                              c. Mostly didn’t want to ride in auto traffic – access to multi-use trail

d. Partner with existing bike rental shops

e. Let’s do a Pilot! Test out the concept

               F.           Bicycle types being considered:

                              1.           Hand cycle

                              2.           Delta/trike with foot pedals

                              3.           Tandem

               G.           Pilot for Summer of 2017

               H.           RFP for Bike Shop Partners

               I.            Comments and Questions

                              a. Will all the bike shops have all the types of bikes available?

                              b. Fern – safety devices for bicycles – helmets?

                                             a. Steve – helmet to be included in the rental

                              c. Pearla – only three locations?

                                             a.            Competitive bid – PSU bike hub?

                                             b.           This is a pilot – starting near multi-use trails areas and could expand can include other places in the future

d. Angel – can the person use the bike wherever they would like to ride?

a. Answer: people can ride the bikes where it is currently legal to ride the bicycle.

VI. Program Elements Discussion

  1. General discussion – not necessarily consensus
    1. Age – 18 or older or accompanied by adult
  2. Cost  
    1. Rental Bike Shops  already have a pricing scheme

                                                              i.     $15 per hour for 3 wheeled bicycle

  1. Who are these bikes available to?
    1. Bikes available to anyone although program is targeted at people with disabilities

                                                            ii.     Lower cost per hour then similar bikes at the rental shop? Then public will all go to these bikes

  1. Several comments that people with disabilities are more likely to live on lower incomes
  2. Agreement:  Have discounted rental price/membership for anyone that qualifies for a TriMet Honored Citizens Pass
  3. Pass or membership option
    1. Seasonally – not annually
    2. Start with single rides – offer other options later on
    3. Single rides seem like it will be the most likely
    4. Paying so you could ride once a week – not an everyday pass
    5. Per ride (single ride pass) or weekly pass for pilot – consider more extended pass in the future
  4. Staffed Assistance
    1. Critical – staff assistance for fitting

                                                              i.     And for registration

  1. Help connect people – people to ride with

                                                              i.     Help someone connect with others to ride with (Angel to connect with people to ride tandem with)

  1. Person can go by themselves and get help to get on bike – don’t have to find someone to go with them
  2. Registration –

                                                              i.     Online registration

  1. With language that people can call and get assistance to register

                                                            ii.     What about drop-in?

  1. People are going to assume they can register at the rental shop
  2. Safety concerns with once someone is on the bicycle –

                                                              i.     Cognitive evaluation –

  1. This is difficult to assess

                                                            ii.     Transfer is difficult and requires liability on the person that is helping transfer

  1. Waiver – similar to BIKETOWN and Kerr Rental bike shops


VII. Next Steps

  1. Next meeting is Tuesday, April 4th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, NEW LOCATION: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, 8th Floor, Hawthorne Room
  2. PBOT Staff will send out a survey of the different program elements disscussed to find points of agreement and areas that need to be discussed further.