29 Aug '16, 10am

5 surprises from Portland's next-generation bike share

The truth is, people in Portland pretty much thought bike share would never come to town. But then local behemoth Nike stepped in as a sponsor, and Biketown, as Portland's bike share is called, really got rolling. And when the bright orange Biketown bikes were ready-set-go last month, even bike-jaded Portlanders decided to go for a ride. Or two. Here are five surprising stats from a bike share that was a long time in coming but has already made a big splash. © April Streeter 1. After just a month, bike sharing tourists and residents logged 59,000 separate trips and nearly 136,000 miles of rides. This is interesting, because Portland already has a high degree of bike commuters and cyclists, who presumably all have their own bicycles. Yet more than 2,000 Portlanders signed on to be yearly Biketown members for $12 per month. © April Streeter 2. Though Nike's sponsorship is ke...

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