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When Will Portland Get A Bike Share System?

OPB | March 26, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: March 26, 2014 1:40 p.m.

A fleet of bikes in the Bay Area Bike Share system. Credit: Richard Masoner / Creative Commons

A fleet of bikes in the Bay Area Bike Share system. Credit: Richard Masoner / Creative Commons

Portland’s efforts to bring a bike share program to the city go back two decades, to the honor-based and short-lived Yellow Bike Project. The effort was jump-started by then-City Commissioner Sam Adams in 2006 as a new generation of higher-tech programs were piloted around the world, but the project stalled during the economic downturn.

Now bike share programs are getting off the ground in cities across the country, but Portland’s is still in the planning stages. The city has chosen Alta Bicycle Share as its operator, and says it plans to announce its private funders soon, but the launch has been pushed from this fall to 2015. The program has received more scrutiny since the Wall Street Journal reported that Alta is facing both financial and technical troubles with its New York City program, Citi Bike. Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesperson Dylan Rivera says Alta’s record beyond New York gives Portland confidence that the program will work.

Do you think Portland should have a bike share system? Would you use it?


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