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They're all over Downtown, and now the city's 'Bike Share' program is starting to show up on the east side...

RITA A. LEONARD - Portlands orange bike rental system, Biketown, has been installed at S.E. Pershing Street and Milwaukie Avenue, across from Brooklyn Park. Earlier this year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and "Biketown", operated by Lyft and supported by founding partner Nike, announced that the orange rental bike racks – up until now mostly just to be found downtown – are to expand the service area by nine square miles, moving into East and North Portland.

Consequently the program has begun installing new orange bike racks in the Southeast Portland area, including a new five-space rack at the corner of S.E. Pershing Street and Milwaukie Avenue, across from the entrance to Brooklyn Park.

Portland City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty announced the expansion at a news conference at Knott Park: "With the collaboration with private sector partners like Nike and Lyft we can continue efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, and make sure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy sustainable transportation options."

Transportation Director Chris Warner promised, "In East and North Portland, PBOT staff will continue to work with community partners to spread Biketown stations and associated street improvements, to make biking safer and more comfortable."

Last year, PBOT and Biketown added more eligibility criteria for the "Biketown for All" program – considerably increasing access to electric-assist bike-share throughout the city. With these additions, Portlanders who qualify for "Biketown for All" through other eligibility criteria are also eligible for a free membership. That benefit waives the per-minute ride fee (for up to 60-minute rides) and the $5/month membership fee, which is already at a significant discount compared to the cost of an annual membership.

The new bike rack kiosk across from Brooklyn Park provides information on the system. For more details, go online – www.biketownpdx.com


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