Bike-Friendly Portland Seeks Citywide Rental System

Portland, Oregon, looks to follow the lead of Paris in instituting a bike rental system throughout the city. Bids are requested for a pilot fleet of 500 bikes.

"Following the lead of European cities such as Paris, city Commissioner Sam Adams wants to establish a rental fleet of 500 bikes as the first phase of a bike-rental plan for Portland."

"Targeting car and transit commuters, the service is aimed at people who make short trips during the day, primarily downtown, and who could benefit from having bicycles for those trips, instead of cars. Students and visiting tourists also are expected to use the service."

"Trials of similar programs began in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco this May and June."

"Companies bidding on a bike-rental plan for Portland are being asked to develop a similar strategy, which would place bikes at automated kiosks around the city's core."

"Private companies would supply both the bikes and the technology to manage them. Once a bidder is selected, a public committee will weigh in on details about design and location."

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