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Bike sharing program ‘BIKETOWN’ kicks off Tuesday

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After much anticipation, the bike sharing system “BIKETOWN,” sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, is set to hit the streets Tuesday morning.

At 11 a.m. members of the system will have access to 1,000 smart bikes at various locations throughout the city.

Customers can rent the bright orange bikes using a smartphone, computer, membership card or four-digit PIN.

Users are given a code to unlock the bikes from the many bike racks stationed throughout the area. They can either return the bike to the same rack or to any other rack in Portland.

Riders can either pay $2.50 for a single ride of 30 minutes, $12 for a day pass with up to 180 minutes of riding time, or $12 a month for annual membership with up to 90 minutes of riding time a day.

The locations of the bikes can be seen at any time on the BIKETOWN website or app.

BIKETOWN has been in the making for several years and many locals are happy to see the idea become a reality.

However, some Portlanders are worried about the impact the bike stations may have on their neighborhoods, bringing too many tourists to some areas.

“The thing that makes this matter worse is not only does it impact my property value, but the process is which the city went about doing business was anything but transparent,” said Southeast Portland resident Tab Waterman.

PBOT said more than 40 open meetings were held in the planning process, and the organization contacted every neighborhood and business association and informed them about the meetings.  

PBOT officials said their hope is to create a new and fun way for visitors and locals to see the city.

For more information and a map of the first 100 BIKETOWN locations, visit BIKETOWNPDX.com.

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