Biketown just celebrated one year in the Rose City, and now it's hoping to encourage even more riders with some new types of bikes.
"Adaptive Biketown," as it's called, is the first city-sponsored program of its kind in the nation and provides a bike rental service for people with varying abilities.
It will offer a mix of tandem, hand cycles and three-wheeled bikes for rent by the hour.
Like the Biketown program, the new operation is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with support from Nike. The city spent $35,000 to get the program off the ground, with another $10,000 coming in from Nike.
"Just as Biketown has opened the doors for cycling for people in Portland, I believe that Adaptive BIKETOWN will open those doors even wider," PBOT Director Leah Treat said. "As a city, we have ambitious goals for getting more people to choose bicycling and other forms of active transportation. The more inclusive we are, the more successful we will be in reaching them."
Jeremy Robbins was a member of PBOT's Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project Work Group which helped advise PBOT on the program's development last spring, and he was glad to see the program grow to include riders of all needs.
"I am passionate about bicycling. When Biketown launched, I was disappointed that there weren't bikes for me," Robbins said. "Working with PBOT and others on developing Adaptive BIKETOWN has been very rewarding. I'm very excited for the launch of this historic project."
Biketown officially celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday, and officials said that in the past year, more than 75,000 Biketown riders biked more than 602,000 miles.
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