Biketown marks third birthday with 1 million trips
Portland's Biketown program celebrated its third anniversary Friday and city officials said local riders had taken more than 1 million trips on the rental bikes since July 2016.
The Bureau of Transportation, Nike and Motivate launched the bicycle rental program three years ago with about 1,000 bikes. Riders rent bikes from one of 125 stations across the city and ride to another station in the city. Bikes can be found from downtown to Northeast 57th Avenue in the east, south to Southeast Gladstone Street and north to Killingsworth Street.
Motivate, which is owned by Lyft, operates the program. It has been expanded to provide adaptive bicycles for people with disabilities.
"Surpassing 1 million trips underscores to me that Biketown has established itself as a crucial part of our transportation system that moves people efficiently, inexpensively, and sustainably," said PBOT Director Chris Warner.
A party is planned Thursday, July 25, to celebrate the program's anniversary. It's from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pips and Bounce, 833 S.E. Belmont St.
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