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(June 1, 2017) With sunny skies and prime biking weather returning to Portland, Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman along with PBOT officials and Alberta Main Street representatives announced a substantial expansion of the BIKETOWN service area today.
In North Portland, the service area is expanding to the west to North Gay Avenue and will bring BIKETOWN to the Overlook neighborhood’s main street, N Killingsworth. A satellite expansion is also being piloted on Swan Island around the Daimler Trucks North America campus. The Northeast expansion will extend north to Jarrett Street and north east to NE 33rd Avenue north of Prescott and to NE 21st Avenue south of Prescott. It will encompass the Alberta Street business district along with businesses on N and NE Killingsworth. Two expansions in Southeast Portland will include Brooklyn's main street district and extend the boundary east to SE 43rd Avenue and 44th Avenue between SE Alder and Harrison.
"We launched BIKETOWN just over ten months ago," said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, "and already we are expanding it. That is a testament to BIKETOWN's popularity. I am especially glad that this expansion is possible without any additional cost to the public."
"Starting on day one, we received questions about when we would be expanding BIKETOWN," said Director Leah Treat. "That is why today is so exciting. With this expansion, we're delivering for our fellow Portlanders and bringing the benefits of BIKETOWN to more neighborhoods and businesses."
PBOT opened a public comment period on the expansion on May 2nd, 2017. Over 800 Portlanders provided input, and the response was overwhelmingly in support of the proposed expansion.
As part of the changes to the BIKETOWN service area, PBOT has also created two super hubs where users may park a BIKETOWN bike at any public rack without an additional charge. The hubs are located in the Central Eastside Industrial District and the PSU campus. Launched in May, PBOT has already seen a rise in the number of trips taken within the super hub areas.
Learn more about BIKETOWN at www.biketownpdx.com
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
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 part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is 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, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.
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 operates over 50% of the bike share fleet in North America, including five of the ten largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, and BIKETOWN in Portland, OR. Motivate also operates Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area which is beginning a ten-fold expansion to 7000 bikes. Motivate also powers bike share technology for over 56,000 bikes across four continents. www.motivateco.com