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BIKETOWN's launch date set for July 19

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The official launch date for the Biketown bicycle-sharing program has been set for July 19 and memberships are now on sale

"With today's announcement, we are taking another giant step toward making BIKETOWN a reality," Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said in a release. "When we launch on July 19th, we're going to have one of the best bike share systems in the world."

This new bike share system, sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, will allow members to access 1,000 “smart bikes” that they can ride from one point to another throughout the service area for a small fee.

The bikes can be checked out by customers by using a smartphone, computer, membership card or by using a four-digit PIN and can be returned at thousands of bike racks around the area.

The locations of these bike stations came as a result of online comments and more than 40 meetings with groups, businesses and public workshops throughout the community.

The location of these bikes can be viewed at any time through the website or app.

Biketown’s standard bikes were designed by Nike and were inspired by their famous orange shoe box. There will also be three limited edition bikes inspired by iconic Nike sneakers that will be revealed before the July 19 launch.

The first 1,000 individuals to sign up for a membership will be Biketown "Founding Members" and will receive a T-shirt and commemorative key to the system. The first 500 people to sign up will also get their first month free.

An annual membership, which includes 90 minutes of riding time a day, is $12 per month. Single ride passes and 24 hour passes will also be available.

More information and a map of the first 100 Biketown locations can be found at BIKETOWNPDX.com.

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