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PBOT Releases Proposed Biketown Bike Share Station Map

Interactive map allows Portlanders to suggest where they would like to see BIKETOWN stations.

March 9, 2016

(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, suggest.BIKETOWNpdx.com, 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:

Tuesday, March 15 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

Thursday, March 17 – Noon – 2:00 p.m., City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Ave.

Wednesday, March 30 – 5:00 – 7:00pm, Portland Building, 2nd Floor Room C, 1120 SW 5th Ave.

Tuesday, April 5 – 6:00 – 8:00pm, Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan St.

Thursday, April 7 – 5:30 – 7:30pm, Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Ave.

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.

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