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City Leaders Celebrate Bike Share Passage

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Mayor Charlie Hales; courtesy of the Bureau of Transportation

On Thursday, Mayor Charlie Hales, joined by City Council Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish and other city officials, celebrated the City Council's passing of Portland's bike share program with executives from Social Bicycles, who will be operating the bike share.

“Starting this summer, Portlanders will have another way to get around our great city,” Hales said. “One that is easy to use, affordable and, best of all, a lot of fun.”

Legislation for the bike share passed the City Council by majority vote earlier this week. It extends Portland’s contract with Motivate and Social Bicycles

The new system will feature 600 bicycles located throughout Central City and inner North Portland. It will operate with fewer docking stations and kiosks and feature a lower price point than most bike share in other cities.

“We waited a long time for the right bike share proposal, but it was worth the wait,” Commissioner Novick said. “We have a great, experienced partner in Motivate; and we are taking advantage of new ‘smart bike’ technology. Bicycles are great weapons against two of the biggest threats we face: climate disruption and rising health care costs. Bike share is a great addition to our arsenal - and it's also an important tourist amenity.”

Commissioner Steve Novick; courtesy of the Bureau of Transportation

Cycling in Portland on the Rise

Also on Thursday, the Portland Bureau of Transportation released the Portland Bicycle Count Report 2013-14, a study on changing in cycling trends in the city. While the U.S. Census Bureau reports on citywide bicycle use, the Bicycle Count Report includes more specialized, local data.

Cycling is becoming a more year-round activity, as data on bicycle riding on the Hawthorne Bridge showed that bicycle use on the bridge between November and March grew to 54 percent. Use of the Willamette River bridges also topped 20,000 weekday trips for the first time last year.

The report also found that women began riding bikes more in 2014, as bicycle use among women climbed to 32 percent, a record high for the city. 

Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles, said growing numbers like those are one of the reasons the company is excited to renew their contract with the City of Portland.

“We believe Portland has the infrastructure, bike culture, and density to become one of the most successful programs in the world,” Rzepecki said.


Related Slideshow: 17 Ways to Experience Portland on Bike

Check out these 17 businesses for bike rentals and tours, that allow you to enjoy the Portland bike scene without owning a bike:  

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Pedal Bike Tours

Bike rentals and guided tours, including a pub and Columbia River Gorge ride

Bike Rentals: $35-$60 a day

Tours: $89-$109

133 SW 2nd Ave 

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Peer-to-peer bike sharing 

Search online or with an app for avaiable bikes of all sizes and prices to loan from local bike owners 

Bike owners list their own rental prices, anything above $1

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Go By Bike Shop

Bike rentals  and valet partner with OHSU at the Portland Aerial Tram

$40 a day, $20 a day for OSHU employees

SW Moody and Gibbs  

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Waterfront Bikes  

A wide range of city, cruiser, road, mountain, tandem, child, and hybrid bike rentals

10 SW Ash Street #100 

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Clever Cycles

Brompton folding bike rentals, with optional child seats and mandatory bells

$30-$45 a day

900 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
(503) 334-1560

Photo credit: Number 10 on Flickr

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Portland State University Bike Hub

Bike rental for PSU students and visitors, and a bike sharing program

$35 a day

1818 SW 6th Ave
(503) 725-9006

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Splendid Cycles

Bullitt cargo bike rentals

$24 a day

407 SE Ivon St  

Photo credit: wittco.gmbh on Flickr

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Specialty bike rentals, including tandems, quad sports, choppers, slingshots, and surreys. 

$20-$45 a day

1020 SW Naito Parkway  

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Mountain Shop

Off-road bike rentals

$60-$75 a day

1510 NE 37th Avenue

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Bike Commuter

8-speed, 1-speed, and racing bike rentals.

$35-$50 a day

8524 SE 17th Ave

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The Bike Gallery

Bike rentals with locations in Downtown, Hollywood, Woodstock, Lack Oswego, Beaverton, and Clackamas

$75-$85 a day

Downtown Location:
1001 SW Salmon 

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Everybody’s Bike Rentals

Vintage, road commuter and touring bike rentals

$25-$30 a day

305 NE Wygant 


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Fat Tire Farm

Road and mountain bike rentals

2714 NW Thurman 

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Sellwood Cycle Repair

Road and cruiser bike rentals

$40-$50 a day

7639 SE Milwaukie 


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Cycle Portland Bicycle Tours

Single speed, road, and electric bike rentals, was well as number of city tours

Bike Rentals: $30-$70 a day

Tours: Start at $40

117 NW 2nd Ave


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Athletes Lounge

Road bike rentals

$60 a day

2671 NW Vaughn


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Veloce Bicycles

High-end road bike rentals

$40-$60 a day

3202 SE Hawthorne  


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