Portland is on track to have two bike-sharing services by some time next year. Portland officials have been working since 2011 to develop a city-run program. It’s scheduled to launch next year.
Meantime, peer-to-peer bike rental company, Spinlister, has announced plans to bring up to 50 bikes to Portland this summer.
Director of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation Leah Treat says she’s excited for Spinlister to start. But she says she doesn’t know how it’ll interact with the city’s program.
“That’s a really great question and until Spinlister launches and we see what they look like and how they’re going to operate,” she said. “That’s not a comparison that we can draw.”
The Spinlister model is based on having Portlanders own its branded bikes and rent them out. Owners get to keep 80 percent of the rental income, once they’ve paid off the bike.
City officials didn’t offer details on how Portland’s system will work. They intend to share more information soon.