Riders are actually in a position to hire e-bikes via the Lyft app or the brand new BIKETOWN app, and present BIKETOWN members will probably be robotically enrolled within the new system.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Lyft have launched a brand new fleet of pedal-assist electrical bikes for BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share system recognized for its orange bikes. With the assist of title sponsor NIKE, Inc., PBOT and Lyft are rising BIKETOWN’s service space to 32 sq. miles, together with its first enlargement into East Portland, encompassing the Jade District and parts of Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert and the Gateway space.
BIKETOWN has 500 of the brand new e-bikes accessible, and can develop the fleet to 1,500 e-bikes within the coming weeks. That compares with the 1,000 bicycles BIKETOWN has had because it first launched in 2016.
“I’m so happy that BIKETOWN is lastly being deployed in East Portland,” Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stated. “This enlargement is a major development for transportation fairness in East Portland, and it’ll improve sustainable transportation choices for our complete metropolis. I hope that the introduction of electrical pedal-assist bikes to our fleet will encourage extra Portlanders to attempt biking, and I stay up for the continued enlargement of BIKETOWN for All and Adaptive BIKETOWN.”
“Alongside our companions at PBOT and Nike, we’re proud to broaden transportation entry for riders in Portland via the brand new BIKETOWN e-bikes and bigger service space,” stated Patrick Quintana, Basic Supervisor for Lyft Bikes in Portland. “With only a few faucets on the Lyft and BIKETOWN apps, riders in Portland can entry e-bikes to get round their metropolis in a low-emission, low-effort manner.”
“It is a nice day for sustainable transportation,” Portland Transportation Director Chris Warner stated. “With these new e-bikes, Portlanders will have the ability to go farther, make extra journeys by bike and expertise the enjoyable of using with a pedal-assist motor. Immediately’s enlargement is the end result of years of effort by PBOT and our companions to succeed in East Portland, and I can’t wait to see how far we go collectively.”
As a part of its five-year contract extension introduced in July, Lyft and PBOT plan to considerably broaden BIKETOWN’s service space and triple the present variety of bikes over the following 4 years. By 2024, there will probably be 3,000 e-bikes in complete and a service space of 40 sq. miles, together with additional enlargement in East Portland and North Portland, together with Kenton and St. Johns, with service to components of SW Portland.