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Posted on: August 16, 2021

City Selects Vendor for Pilot Bike Share Program

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Following a Request for Proposals earlier this year, the City of Portland has selected Tandem Mobility to plan and launch a pilot bike share program in Portland in June of 2022. 

Tandem Mobility proposes to deliver and operate a turnkey pilot bike share program of 200 bikes with a combination of pedal and electric assist bicycles. Key distinguishing elements of Tandem’s proposal and approach include:

  • Emphasis on community partnership, collaboration and system financial sustainability
  • Opportunities for local branding and system sponsorship
  • Strong parking management regimen including vendor provided custom racks and approved parking zones/virtual parking stations resulting in a 100% locked-to-bike- racks system
  • Well-established system software/smartphone app
  • Flexible pricing options
  • System equity components including a ‘wallet’ feature for the unbanked, discounts for students and persons with low income
  • Good operations plan including one locally based full-time Operations Manager and part-time staff.

Next steps include the City working with Tandem this fall and winter to secure the needed program sponsorship to launch the pilot program.

The City anticipates the first year of the program being a provisional pilot period with possible extensions subsequent to agreement by both parties. 

“Expanded ways for people to safely bike in Portland is consistently mentioned by residents as something they value and hope to see more of,” said Christine Grimando, the City’s Planning & Urban Development Director. “Having a bike share system in Portland will be a fantastic opportunity for us to increase affordable, healthy transit and recreation options for all."

The City’s goals for the bike share program are to:

  • Promote and encourage bicycling as a safe and sustainable mode of transportation for short local trips,
  • Expand low-cost, low barrier and equitable transportation options,
  • Provide additional first-mile and last-mile options to the city’s transit stops and transportation hubs (bus, ferry, passenger rail, inter-city bus, and airport),
  • Decrease drive alone trips and increase the share of bicycling trips within Portland,
  • Support Transportation Demand Management programs of institutions, businesses and other entities, and
  • Expand tourist travel options and encourage car-free visits to Portland.

Portland has a robust multimodal transportation system for a smaller mid-sized city. It has growing bike and trail networks, several fixed route bus providers, a public ferry system serving eight islands, Amtrak passenger rail service, two inter-city bus companies, and is home to the Portland International Jetport. Portland’s bike network has been evolving for the last 20 years. It currently has 22 miles of bike lanes, nine miles of shared use pathways, and five and a half miles of bicycle boulevards with additional miles of each type in planning and design. 

Information about Portland’s bike network can be found here.  

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