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Friday, September 2, 2011

Take Bike Sharing on a Test Ride!

Posted by Alex Zielinski on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Remember the bike sharing plan the city council recently adopted, welcoming 740 rentable bikes to Portland's streets? But, of course!

Bike sharing station in Mexico City

However, while the council passed the bike sharing plan in August, the program itself isn't predicted to be up and running until Fall 2013. So to tide us over, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is bringing Portlanders a little taste of what to expect.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the BTA is hosting a free demonstration for the Portland Bike Share project in the courtyard at 200 SW Market Street from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Along with getting the run down on the project, attendees will be able to test ride a model bike.

Just a refresher: The Portland Bike Share project, backed by the city's Bureau of Transportation and about a dozen other local organizations, plans to set up 74 individual bike sharing stations across town, allowing anyone with a credit card to rent a decked-out bike for as long as they'd like — not a far cry from the Zipcar program.

Check it out!

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