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PBOT invites input on bike share station locations

COURTESY: PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION  - Portland's bike share system will cost $2.50 for 30 minutes of use, one of the lowest cost models in the nation. Where should Portland locate its bike share stations when BikeTown launches this summer?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will start inviting public input on station location next month, through a series of open houses and an interactive online map to be released March 9.

The map will include different options for the 100 station locations throughout the central city that will house 1,000 smart bikes.

People may comment on the proposed station locations and make suggestions for others.

While BikeTown users may pick up and park anywhere within the service area, the stations will be the primary place people can rent and return the bikes.

When the system launches in mid-July, peopl will be able to view every bike’s location in real-time from the system’s website or smart phone app.

The initial service area includes downtown, Old Town/Chinatown, inner Northwest, Goose Hollow, South Waterfront, West End, Pearl District, Central Eastside, Rose Quarter, Lloyd District and inner North Portland.

The PBOT open houses to discuss station locations are scheduled for these dates:

• Tuesday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Southeast Portland, location to be determined

• Thursday, March 17, noon-2 p.m., City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 S.W. 4th Ave.

• Wednedsay, March 30, 5-7 p.m., Portland Building, 1120 S.W. 5th Ave.

• Tuesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m., Northwest Portland, location to be determined

• Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N. Williams Ave.

For more on BikeTown: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/57983

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