Need an electric tricycle? There is a place.
Adaptive BIKETOWN, a program administrated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, is now offering two electric trikes for rent. The purchase was funded by a $10,000 donation from Nike, which also sponsors the bike-sharing program that's filled city streets with 1,000 orange cycles since 2016.
"I'm pleased to see PBOT and Adaptive BIKETOWN listening and responding to the diverse needs of the disability community as innovative, new transportation choices and services become available," said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. "Adding electric options to the pilot program offers an exciting, new mobility tool for people with disabilities."
The max speed of the recumbent e-trikes is 20 miles per hour, as required by Oregon law. The bikes can be pedal-powered but also have a throttle and electric motor. One is brand new and the other is a retrofit.
"Nike is excited to help people with different abilities participate in biking through Adaptive BIKETOWN," said Nike vice president Jorge Casimiro in a statement.
Adaptive BIKETOWN was started in July, 2017, in order to better serve Portland's differently-abled population. The program now has 15 bikes and says it has served 150 individuals with 212 rentals.
The electric tricycles will be operated via Kerr Bicycles. To make a reservation, click here or call (503) 802-5271. You can also visit Kerr Bikes, located at 945 S.E. Water Ave in Building B.
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