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More Details Emerge On Portland's Bike Rental Program


The City of Portland unveiled more details Wednesday about its new bike rental proposal.

Portland's bike renting program is expected to cost about $2.50 for half an hour, or $10 to $15 for an annual membership.

Portland's bike renting program is expected to cost about $2.50 for half an hour, or $10 to $15 for an annual membership.

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About 600 bikes will be rented for about $2.50 per half-hour. That’s cheaper than most of the 65 similar programs around the nation.

But the city hopes to make up the difference with annual memberships. Those will likely cost $10 to $15 a month.

Commissioner Nick Fish expects the program to do well.

“The big deciding point for me is family trips to other cities where this has been a huge success,” he said.

One of the problems with bike rental programs is that bikes usually have to be returned to a kiosk. But Portland’s system uses locks and GPS on the bikes, so they can be left and picked-up at any rack.

Portland plans to spend more than $2 million dollars in federal grants on the new program, which is scheduled to run for at least five years. The city has a chance to review its contract after three years.

Commissioners will vote on the idea next week. If they go ahead, the program should be up and running by next summer.

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