Portland residents embrace bike-sharing program

The cost to ride is $2.50 for 30 minutes

People ride Biketown bikes in Portland. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland residents have ridden 136,000 miles on bike-share program bikes since the program launched in July.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://is.gd/qg12x5 ) that since July 19 Biketown users have taken nearly 59,000 trips, making progress toward the city’s goal of having 400,000 rides in the program’s first year.

Biketown General Manager Dorothy Mitchell says the shared bicycles are getting so much more use than expected that mechanics had to be called for tuneups earlier than expected.

Portland purchased the equipment for the program with a $2 million grant and Nike inked a $10 million, 5-year sponsorship deal that grew the fleet from 600 to 1,000 bicycles.

The cost to ride is $2.50 for 30 minutes. When frequent trips are necessary, a $12 pass allows for three hours of ride time throughout the day.

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