The two-year-old bike rental program that operates in close-in neighborhoods on both sides of the Willamette River announced Thursday, May 31, that it was changing to be more simple and affordable to rent a bicycle and explore the city. Among the changes are new pricing options and expanded service in eastside neighborhoods.
"These changes will make it even easier for people in Portland to enjoy the convenience and fun of bike share this summer," said Biketown General Manager Dorothy Mitchell.
Starting June 1, Biketown memberships will cost $99 for a year of unlimited rides. A new pay-as-you-go plan will cost a one-time $5 sign-up fee and only 8 cents for each minute of bike riding (messenger bag not included). A new month-to-month plan will cost $19 a month for people who want to use Biketown without an annual membership.
Biketown's current pricing includes $144 for an annual membership, or $2.50 for a single ride with an additional 10 cents a minute for all rides of more than 90 minutes. All single-ride members will automatically convert to members of the pay-as-you-go plan (with no sign-up fee). Biketown for All members will continue to pay just $3 each month.
At the same time, Biketown is expanding service to the city's neighborhoods to the east, including Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully and Hollywood. About two dozen city bike corrals in the new service area will be designated as "community corrals," which function like Biketown stations as free places to lock bikes for pay-as-you-go and monthly riders.
Biketown was launched in July 2016 by Motivate, Portland's Bureau of Transportation and Nike with about 1,000 orange bicycles available to rent around parts of Portland. A study found that during the past two years, Biketown riders have logged more than 617,000 trips and 1.25 million miles around the region.
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