Portland is an amazing place to live, to visit and to explore. Your bike share system is a great way to see it. While most folks choose to enter their account number and PIN by hand when unlocking a bike we'd like to share three tips for getting going quickly, easily and more often.
1. *NEW* You can use your TriMet Hop FastPass to unlock BIKETOWN now!
Learn how here.
2. Use a BIKETOWN key card, available at any of our kiosks. They are free to annual members and $2 for anyone else. The key card allows you to bypass entering the initial 6-digit account number and skips directly to entering your PIN. Simply hold the card over the keypad.
3. Take advantage of the BIKETOWN Bonus! This program rewards you for bringing a bike to a specific station that needs more bikes. You may already return bikes that have been parked away from a station to get the $1 credit. Now, at certain times of day, a trip from a station to a Bonus! station will get you the same $1 credit.
4. Full or Empty stations can be a drag but don't fret! If you arrive at a full station, look around for the closest bike rack. Most are marked with an orange 'BIKETOWN Parks Here Free' sticker and sit within the geo-fenced BIKETOWN station area. Empty station? Check the BIKETOWN App for bikes parked at nearby racks, out-of-hub. If you find one, just walk up and check it out like you normally would. Return it to a station for a $1 credit!