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City Council Considers New Bike Share System

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Aleck Z. Woogmaster, GoLocalPDX Contributor

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A new proposal for a bike share program in Portland has been brought forward by Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish.

The proposal involves a bike share system which would be operated by Motivate LLC, with cutting-edge smart bikes provided by Social Bicycles. The smart bike technology puts all communications and locking technology on the bike itself, allowing the system to operate with fewer docks and kiosks. This will allow users to lock bicycles at many existing city bike corrals, and the technology will also allow the city and Motivate to “pilot an innovative approach to rebalancing bicycles that will reduce the reliance on rebalancing vehicles.” According to the news release.

One of the most affordable bike share systems in the country, the Motivate system would start with 600 units and integrate “principles of the High Road Standards that prioritizes accessibility to underserved communities and includes training and hiring opportunities for living-wage careers.”

Motivate currently manages bike share systems in the Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, and many other major cities in the United States. City Council will consider the proposed bike share system on Wednesday, September 16th, during its morning session. 

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