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City Commissioner Steve Novick said Biketown for All's discounted costs for low-income riders will make it 'more equitable and accessible.'

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's Bureau of Transportation is working with the Community Cycling Center, the Better Bike Share Partnership and Motivate to create a program for low-income residents who want to use the Biketown bike rentals.Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is working with the Community Cycling Center, the Better Bike Share Partnership and Motivate to create a program for low-income residents who want to use the Biketown bike rentals.

Biketown for All will provide bike safety education and free helmets to members who pay a discounted $3 a month for the bike rental service. A test of the program was done with residents of the Alder House Apartments in partnership with The Giving Tree NW, a community building organization.

"Having a cash membership option is a game-changer in making bike share accessible for low-income Portlanders," said the Giving Tree NW’s Heather Morrill.

The Community Cycling Center will work with affordable housing, social service or nonprofit groups to promote Biketown for All memberships.

City Commissioner Steve Novick said Biketown for All’s discounted costs for low-income riders will make it “more equitable and accessible.”

Biketown for All received a grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership, and Motivate is providing an in-kind donation of up to $54,000 by reducing the cost of 500 annual memberships to $3 a month.

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