BIKETOWN Celebrates its First Birthday
BIKETOWN, Portland, Oregon’s bike share program turns one this week. Over the course of the past year 75,521 BIKETOWN riders have biked 602,266 miles.
Among the riders enjoying the bright orange bikes are some of Portland’s star athletes, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Thorns’ Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. Other notable riders have included Grimm star David Giuntoli and Mayor Ted Wheeler, who rode a special Pride-themed bike in this year’s Pride Parade. And dozens of “dogs of BIKETOWN” have taken rides in the famous BIKETOWN basket. On social media, people have shared their experiences riding around the city, some learning to ride a bike for the first time, others discovering new neighborhoods and businesses, and some even using BIKETOWN bikes to haul cargo and get around town during this past winter’s many snow storms.
Motivate is helping Portland meet it’s goal of shifting residents towards more sustainable modes of transportation. According to the most recent user survey, 26 percent of BIKETOWN trips made by Portlanders replace auto trips. 64 percent of BIKETOWN’s local users say they’re biking more since joining. Five percent of BIKETOWN’s local users say they’ve reduced the number of personal vehicles because of the bike share program.
We’re looking forward to continuing to build on BIKETOWN’s success and can’t wait for another awesome year!