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Posted on: April 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Open House for Eugene Bike Share Program

Eugene Public Works will hold an open house for Eugene Bike Share on Monday, May 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the Broadway Commerce Center (44 W. Broadway). The open house will provide information about Eugene’s bike share program and is in conjunction with the kick off of “May is Bike Month”. 

At the open house, people can interact with the bike share vendor and learn about possible bike share station locations. The open house will also preview the program for May is Bike Month and showcase events happening this summer for people who walk and bike, including Eugene Sunday Streets.

On May 1, Social Bicycles, the vendor for Eugene Bike Share, will officially launch online content to crowdsource station locations and announce updates for the launch of the Eugene system, scheduled for fall 2017. Social Bicycles is currently operating in 18 locations in North America, including the recently launched BIKETOWN system in Portland, Oregon.

Bike share is an innovative transportation solution that allows people to check out a bicycle for short urban trips that might otherwise be made by bus or by car. The Eugene system will consist of 35 stations and 300 bikes. The geography for the initial launch corresponds to places where people are likely to use bikes most frequently including downtown Eugene, the UO campus, and portions of the Whiteaker neighborhood. Bike share users will be able to choose a membership plan that best suits their needs including one-time or monthly use, semester passes for students, and corporate passes through large employers.

Funding for the system is primarily provided by a state ConnectOregon grant in the amount of $909,066.  The City and the University of Oregon (Associated Students of the University of Oregon) will provide additional funding.

The City is interested in transportation solutions like bike share because it provides a transportation option that utilizes existing infrastructure, reduces the burning of fossil fuels for urban trips, and implements city plans and policies including the Climate Recovery Ordinance and the Transportation Systems Plan.

Regional partners include the City of Eugene, Lane Transit District, and the University of Oregon.

Bike valet will be provided in Kesey Square for people biking to the open house.

For more information about the bike share system, go to www.eugene-or.gov/bikeshare.   

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