Biketown used 59,000 times in first month

Biketown used 59,000 times in first month

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's been just over a month since the city of Portland launched the largest bike share program in the nation, a officials say Biketown has been a huge success.

Since they hit the Portland streets on July 19, the bikes have rolled over 136,000 miles. That's the equivalent of riding around the earth more than five times.

In one month, the bright orange bikes have been used nearly 59,000 times.

"We've just been flabbergasted at how popular this has been," said Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera.

Rivera says many of the initial concerns with the program, like break-downs, accident's and theft, have not really been problems at all.

He says the number of break-downs has been minimal.

The bureau has received only one report of minor accident involving a Biketown bike. Rivera says a cyclist riding a personal bike crashed into someone on a Biketown bike.

And when it comes to thefts, Rivera says there has been none.

"These are bright orange bikes so they're noticeable," Rivera said. "If you do try and sell their parts, the parts are unique themselves so there's really no market for the parts themselves."
  
Rivera says the city is now looking at ways to get riders to wear helmets more often.

The city is working with local bike shops to give people with bike-share memberships discounts on helmets.


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