Using BIKETOWN bikeshare for the first time

Using BIKETOWN for the first time is easy and affordable. Learn how to find and unlock a bike, and how BIKETOWN fees work.

Biking is a great way to get around the city, whether you’re heading out to dinner, commuting to work, or exploring a new part of the city. It’s less stressful than getting stuck in traffic, and great for your health and the environment, too. Plus, it’s easier than ever, thanks to BIKETOWN – with thousands of bikes and stations across Portland, you can hop on and off just about anywhere.

It’s easy to get started and get going: all you need to do is unlock a bike, ride it, and park it when you’re done.

And there’s never been a better time to try out bikeshare: from now until April 20, new users can use the code TRYBTOWN416B to unlock a bike for free!

Here’s how it works:

Download the app

To find and unlock a bike, you can use the BIKETOWN app, which can be found on the App Store or Google Play. If you already have the Lyft app, you’re good to go!

Find a bike

Next, find the BIKETOWN station that’s nearest to where you are, and a station with open space that’s close to your destination. Remember: locking your bike at the end of your ride lets other BIKETOWN users pick up where you hopped off. Your bike can be returned to any station, no matter where you got on!

Choose your ride

Use the app to scan the QR code on an ebike. Once you scan, your bike will unlock. Simply place the cable lock in the holster, and you’re ready to ride.

Easy fees

Once you’re ready to ride, our prices are straightforward: the unlock fee for a single ride is just $1, plus $0.30 per minute for your trip. If you love your ride and think you’ll use bikeshare more often, you can check out our money-saving memberships.

Get comfy, and get riding

Adjust your seat to a level that feels right for you, then head to your destination!

Park it

Once you’ve gotten where you’re going, park your bike at any BIKETOWN station. You can enable push notifications on your BIKETOWN or Lyft app and we’ll let you know that your bike has been successfully locked. And just like that, you’re done!

Check out our tips, to help make sure your ride is as smooth and safe as possible by familiarizing yourself with local traffic laws. Then jump on, kick off, and enjoy your ride!

Ready to try a BIKETOWN bike? Use the code TRYBTOWN416B to unlock for free on your first ride! Terms apply. Code is valid from April 16 to April 20, 2024 only.


Free unlock for new riders. Max saving of $1.00 per ride. Offer applies to BIKETOWN ebike rides only. See pricing details here. Must have valid BIKETOWN or Lyft account with valid payment method. Valid until 4/20/24 at 11:59:00 PM PST. Only applicable in the US. Cannot be combined with other offers. Use of BIKETOWN services is governed by the Liability Waiver and Bicycle Rental Agreement.