BIKETOWN, Portland’s beloved bike-sharing system operated by Lyft and known for its ubiquitous orange bikes, today announced three major initiatives that dramatically increase access to e-bike sharing for all college students in Portland State University (PSU) low-income people and students on financial aid throughout the city.
Beginning today, Portland students eligible for federal financial aid will receive free membership in BIKETOWN for All – with no monthly membership fees – and unlimited 60-minute rides per month.
Also starting today, under a new deal with Oregon’s largest urban university, all PSU students not eligible for BIKETOWN for All will be eligible for commute credit covering up to $ 20. $ per month occasional usage fee.
Additionally, Portlanders who qualify for BIKETOWN for All via eligibility (apart from recipients of federal student aid) will also be eligible for free membership. This new benefit will eliminate travel costs of 5 cents per minute (for trips of up to 60 minutes) and subscription fees of $ 5 per month, which are already a significant reduction from the cost of a subscription. annual.
Portlanders who qualify can register on BIKETOWNforAll.com. College students will download a digital copy of their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) award letter. PSU students must register for the PSU BIKETOWN website.
“With the extreme weather conditions and climate change putting our community to the test, we must do everything possible to ensure that everyone has easy access to biking,” said City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty , which oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). “By making BIKETOWN more affordable, we are making it easier for people to try an electric bike to get to where they go, while reducing carbon emissions and pollution. I am especially grateful for the partnerships that will bring BIKETOWN to life. a new generation of college students. Thank you to PGE and to all the partners who invest in the success of BIKETOWN. “
“As students return to class this fall, it’s a great time for them to experience the excitement of riding BIKETOWN’s e-bikes,” said Transportation Manager Chris Warner. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with PSU, PGE and Lyft who have helped make this possible.”
“We’re excited to see students on BIKETOWN bikes again,” said Kevin Reynolds, vice president of finance and administration at Portland State University. “It has been a pleasure to have partners so committed to PBOT and BIKETOWN who have helped make this program a reality. BIKETOWN is a great option for students looking for an affordable and sustainable transportation option.”
Source: Portland Transportation Bureau