More Details Emerge On Portland's Bike Rental Program

Sep 16, 2015

The City of Portland unveiled more details Wednesday about its new bike rental proposal.

About 600 bikes will be rented for about $2.50 per half-hour. That’s cheaper than most of the 65 similar programs around the nation.

But the city hopes to make up the difference with annual memberships. Those will likely cost $10 to $15 a month.

Commissioner Nick Fish expects the program to do well.

“The big deciding point for me is family trips to other cities where this has been a huge success," he said.

More adults across the country are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. That's good news for people's hearts and waistlines, but it also means more visits to the emergency room.

Hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, doctors reported Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. And the rise was the biggest with bikers ages 45 and over.

A compromise plan to designate 275,000 acres of wilderness in central Idaho got a much-anticipated hearing in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

If you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, this has no doubt happened to you: You stop at a red light controlled by a sensor in the pavement and you wait... and wait.

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A new fleet of bicycles will start rolling down Seattle streets Monday when the city’s bike share program gets underway. The bright green bikes will be easy to spot and 500 of them will be stationed across Seattle’s urban core: downtown, the University of Washington and Capitol Hill.

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Should you be insulted when billionaires bigfoot an election? Do you resent apodment dwellers, tatted-up baristas, or the NFL for dismissing domestic violence? Plus, what do you think of the activists who want to take Seattle's $15 minimum wage cross the bridge?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut's Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News and KUOW's Deborah Wang. Special guests include Seattle Times sportswriter Percy Allen and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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On Vashon Island, there's an unusual local attraction.

It's an old, red, child's bicycle that's growing out of a tree.

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Construction for a new bike lane on Second Avenue downtown began on Friday, just one week after a truck hit a cyclist, 31-year-old mother Sher Kung. She died at the scene.

The Denny, a bike created with safety in mind, has won a national Bike Project Design.
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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a victorious Seattle, winning The Bike Design Project.

On Monday, the project announced that The Denny, a utilitarian bike that would likely cost about $3,000, won the honor. Seattle beat New York City, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco. Fuji Bikes has promised to manufacture and sell the winning entry, as determined by members of the cycling public.

Traffic on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog about Second Avenue's new bike lane makeover and whether it will be enough to keep bicyclists safe downtown. Meantime, producer Hannah Burn grabs an unwieldy microphone and hops on her bike to check out the lane at rush hour for herself.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation approved a Bicycle Master Plan in April 2014. Their vision is for biking to become "a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle, for people of all ages and abilities."

But what would it take to get there?

Editors' Note: This post has been revised to clarify and correct reporting on the findings of the bike helmet study. The researchers looked at head injuries, not just brain injuries, so the descriptions have been changed to head injuries throughout. The lead researcher said in response to follow-up questions that the study was designed to look at the risk of head injuries as a proportion of all injuries related to bicycling, so the headline and descriptions of the work have been changed to reflect that distinction.

Alec Baldwin, you were salmoning!

The actor was ticketed in New York on Tuesday for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Cyclists use the term "salmoning" to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane. Surely the definition can be broadened to include Baldwin's infraction.

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Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.