Name it Biketown 2.0. There are extra bikes in additional locations and so they’re all electrical help.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Biketown e-bikes have formally arrived in Portland and the favored bike-sharing program is increasing its footprint to better areas of North and East Portland.
On Wednesday, the Portland Bureau of Transportation introduced a brand new partnership with rideshare firm Lyft that may prolong Biketown one other 5 years however with an thrilling new function — electrical help.
I received an opportunity to take one in every of Biketown’s new electrical help bikes for a trip on the just lately opened North Greeley Avenue multi-use-path.
The electrical help function is a particular plus that may assist you stand up a few of Portland’s steepest hills with out breaking a sweat. It would not do all of the give you the results you want in fact, you continue to must pedal.
However PBOT thinks the brand new function will get extra folks out of their automobiles and into the saddle.The brand new electrical help bikes will substitute the unique fleet and if historical past is any indication they will be fashionable.
The preliminary Biketown program began 4 years in the past. In 12 months another than 75,000 rides coated 602,000 miles.
Now PBOT is increasing protection into extra of North and East Portland, with the eventual objective of serving greater than 40 sq. miles in Portland. The company plans to develop the fleet to three,000 e-assist bikes by 2024.
There’s additionally a brand new partnership with Lyft. Simply open your Lyft or Biketown app, discover a bike, and off you go. Extra information on that here from PBOT.
Riders may have their selection between two cost choices:
– Pay-as-you-go: $1 to unlock plus $.20 per minute
– Annual membership: $99 yearly plus $.10 per minute
Biketown additionally has a reduced-fare assistance program for riders who qualify.
In comparison with the unique bikes, I seen the electrical help bikes have brighter reflective, LED lights, back and front. The bikes themselves are very sturdy and weigh about 75 kilos.
For comfort, a basket and a bungee twine has been added for no matter you could take alongside.