Portland's Alta Bike Share Faces Mounting Criticism for "Disengaged" Handling of NYC's Program

UPDATE: Novick says he wants to talk to New York officials

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Last summer, the future looked balmy for Portland company Alta Bicycle Share.The launch of its New York City system, Citi Bikes, was met with national acclaim—even the naysayers were coming off as benighted cranks. It had contracts to run bike-share programs in nine cities. And in its hometown, the Portland Bureau of Transportation was planning to ask for city loans to kickstart the service until ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Novick Seeks $2.5 Million for Portland Bike Share's Second Phase

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City Hall still can’t get to phase one of its long-delayed Portland Bike Share, but City Commissioner Steve Novick is already making a play for money to fund phase two. Novick is seeking $2.5 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation to expand proposed locations for bike-share stations, including to the North Portland industrial enclave of Swan Island. "Bike share will improve mobility ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AARON MESH

The Big Bike Bailout

Records show the city may spend millions to finance Portland’s Bike Share—and leave out many neighborhoods.


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When the Portland City Council accepted a $2 million federal grant to start a bike-share program in 2011, it did so on one condition: No city money would help pay for it. Instead, the council    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Inbox: Sharing Views on Bike Share


Letters to the Editor
I just got back from New York and saw a very different picture in my two days of biking around the island [“Bikelash,” WW, June 12, 2013]. Folks there are frustrated at the lack of operability   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Bikelash

Mia Birk takes bike share to New York—and sparks bedlam in Gotham.


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Three weeks ago, an invading fleet arrived in Manhattan. Nearly 6,000 cobalt-blue bikes appeared in gleaming silver docks. They materialized in Brooklyn, too, near co-ops and bodegas. Citizens   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Picks Alta to Operate Bike-Share Program

Portland Ranked #1 for Number of Bicycle Commuters

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Portland has picked a local bicycle-share company to run the city's long-awaited revamp of a public bike-rental program, even though the company has struggled to deliver a working system on time in other cities.The Portland Bureau of Transportation today announced its choice of Alta Bicycle Share as its vendor finalist, with six months left until the city bike-share program is scheduled to debut.“Alta ...   More
 
Friday, September 28, 2012 AARON MESH

Bike-Share Snare

Why Portland’s long-awaited bicycle-rental program still doesn’t have a contractor.


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Software problems have delayed a Portland company’s bike-sharing programs in two of the nation’s largest cities and may threaten a...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 SAM STITES

Bike Share: What Can Portlanders Expect? (Updated With Clarification And Photo)

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Yesterday the Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve a public bike share program like those gaining popularity in cities like Paris, London, Denver and Washington, D.C. The approved proposal would seek to leverage $2 million in federal money to obtain another $2 million in private funding, so whether or not this program actually materializes could be contingent on finding the support of a corporate ...   More
 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 COREY PEIN

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