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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 BIKETOWN

Adaptive BIKETOWN

What is Adaptive BIKETOWN?

Adaptive BIKETOWN is Portland's adaptive bike rental project. The goal is to increase biking access for people with disabilities. The project is a partnership with existing bike rental businesses to offer the rental of adaptive bicycles, like handcycles, trikes, and tandems. The focus is on short to medium-length bicycle rentals, of one to three hours.

Ride Adaptive BIKETOWN!

If you want to rent an adaptive bicycle, go to the rental website: www.AdaptiveBIKETOWN.com. 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.

Background:

PBOT received 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. Longer term adaptive bicycle rental is currently available through Adaptive Sports Northwest.

PBOT Staff Contact: Steve Hoyt-McBeth, steve.hoyt-mcbeth@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-7191.

View the program homepage here!