BIKETOWN service area will now include east side Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway.

We had an amazing May and Portland’s prime biking season is officially underway! Seems like the perfect time to announce some exciting changes at BIKETOWN to make it even easier and more affordable to explore the city by bike. Among the changes are a service area expansion and making it free for BIKETOWN annual members to lock at any public rack in the service area.

On June 1st, the BIKETOWN service area’s eastern border expands to serve east side Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway including Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, and Hollywood -- an area in which residents had been particularly calling for service.

The Community Cycling Center, which supports the Cully active transportation group Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), was “overjoyed” for the expansion. “Adding the option of bike share near the Hacienda CDC community addresses barriers the ABC group has long identified, including start-up costs, storage, and maintenance,” said Jonnie Ling, Director of Programs and Enterprise at the Community Cycling Center.

Following a successful May pilot, BIKETOWN members on an annual plan will be allowed to lock a bike to any public bike rack in the service area for free. Additionally, approximately 22 city bike corrals in the expansion area will be designated as “Community Corrals,” which function like BIKETOWN stations as free places to lock up for pay-as-you-go and monthly riders.