BIKE SHARE IS FINALLY COMING TO PORTLAND

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September 9, 2015

-MEDIA ADVISORY-

Media Contact:
Sarah Newsum
Communications Manager
503-226-0676 x28
971-302-8012
[email protected]

BIKE SHARE FINALLY COMING TO PORTLAND

Portland, OR on September 9, 2015 – The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is ecstatic to hear that the City of Portland is back on track to welcome a bicycle share system in the Spring of 2016. It has been a long time coming. We first started advocating for bike share in 2010 and were successful in making the case for funding the system in 2011. Now comes the announcement after much delay that we are ready to launch. But we’ve heard that before. So, let’s make sure that this really happens.

Portland is moving towards a “smart-bike” system with Social Bicycles. With this model, similar to Car2Go, riders would be able to return these bikes to a designated hub or have the option lock to any bike rack within the service area for a small fee. Portland City Council will be voting on this deal on Wednesday, September 23rd and the BTA will be encouraging fans of bike share to come out and show support.

Here are a few reasons why BTA is so enthusiastic about bike share:

• Bike sharing in Portland will improve access to and from destinations within the most mixed use center that has the highest employment density and a large number of essential services for underserved communities.

• Bike sharing improves safety. Research shows that when more people ride we are all safer and may actually live longer.
http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d4521.full
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080903112034.htm

• Bike sharing will reduce conflicts with freight by meeting one of the key goals we share among bikes and trucks: reducing the number of automobiles congesting our roads.

• Bike sharing completes thousands of “last mile” connections. Every time you ride a bus, train or streetcar and need to make a transfer, imagine being able to hop on a bike instead.

• Bike sharing increases ridership, it will serve our most dense neighborhood, it leverages private investment, and reduces the need to expand our roads.
http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/About+DDOT/News+Room/Press+Releases/Capital+Bikeshare+Bo asts+Near+Record+Ridership+in+February

The BTA is available for interviews.

About the BTA

The BTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization formed in 1990. It has over 4,000 members, and advocates on behalf of citizens who bicycle at the local, regional, state and federal levels. It works to improve the conditions for bicycling through education, engineering and enforcement. The BTA is dedicated to creating healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible.

Media Contact:
Sarah Newsum
Communications Manager
503-226-0676 x28
971-302-8012
[email protected]

Alternative phone: Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director: 503-519-8081