The sun is out and it’s time to ride! BIKETOWN and PBOT are announcing a special promotion for the month of May – ride free all month and park free to any bike rack in the entire BIKETOWN service area!
New and existing BIKETOWN users will all qualify for ninety minutes of free ride time per day. After that 90 minutes of daily use, users will be charged 10 cents per minute. Annual members of the bike share program will receive a promotional code for a $12 discount to cover the monthly cost.
To take advantage of this free ride promotion you must sign up through the website, mobile app or at a station kiosk and select the "Single Ride" plan. Note: You’ll be asked to add your credit card, but you’ll only be charged for any time exceeding the free 90 minutes per day, or if you lock up outside of the BIKETOWN service area.
Current BIKETOWN Annual Members can log in to their account in the app, select the "person" icon in the upper right corner, choose "Memberships", click on your plan, click "Add Promo Code" and apply the BIKEMONTH18 promo code to your account.
During May, BIKETOWN riders will be able to park their bikes to any bike rack within the BIKETOWN service area for no additional fee, expanding on our pre-existing Super Hub Zones.
The promotion applies to BIKETOWN’s sister programs as well – Adaptive BIKETOWN, Portland's adaptive bike rental program meant to increase biking access for people with disabilities, and BIKETOWN for All, which offers discounted BIKETOWN memberships to Portland-area residents living on low incomes.
PBOT and BIKETOWN will also offer “Waterfront Wednesdays” - free, guided bike rides from Waterfront Park at noon every Wednesday in May for people interested in trying BIKETOWN in a comfortable, low-stress setting on Better Naito and the Eastbank Esplanade.
“With over half a million rides taken in the last two years, it’s clear that Portlanders have embraced the convenience and fun of bike share,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “I look forward to seeing even more people take BIKETOWN and Adaptive BIKETOWN for a spin this May and hope they will enjoy riding as much as I do.”
Adaptive BIKETOWN users may ride Adaptive BIKETOWN for up to 3 hours for free, if they qualify under the program rate by being eligible for a TriMet Honored Citizens Pass. For members of the general public, the Adaptive BIKETOWN rental fees remain. People interested in renting an adaptive bike through the Adaptive BIKETOWN program can reserve a rental online or by visiting PBOT’s program partners, Kerr Bikes, at their Eastbank Esplanade/OMSI location at 1945 SE Water Ave., Bldg B, Portland, OR 97214. More details and hours are available online.
Using the industry's most flexible "smart bike" technology BIKETOWN allows users to lock and pick up a bike at a station or lock to any bike rack. To date, approximately 10 percent of trips took advantage of this convenience.
We have a record of innovation. In May 2017, we were the first major North American bike share system to introduce areas where bike share users could park at any public rack without incurring the $2 out of station fee. Within these "Super Hub Zones" in the Central Eastside Industrial and PSU University districts, users have utilized this new convenience: trips starting or ending outside a station increased by 348%.
In a short time, BIKETOWN has become interwoven in the fabric of the City's transportation system and its culture. Since the program’s launch in July 2016, BIKETOWN riders have logged over 520,000 trips and 1,058,081 miles. Among local users, survey data shows that 25% of trips are replacing auto trips, proving BIKETOWN as an essential strategy in meeting the City's goals to reduce congestion and climate pollution.