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🚴 That time socialism and cycling came together

Before there was Biketown, there was the Yellow Bike Project.
(📹: Farmers Insurance)

ORANGE IS THE NEW YELLOW

RIP YELLOW BIKES: In the early ’90s, a volunteer-led community group painted 100 bikes bright yellow and placed them around the city for anyone to use.

This experiment in bicycling socialism was considered a smashing success for the first month, but vandalism and theft eventually forced its end, leaving Portland without bike-sharing for the next two decades.

ENTER BIKETOWN: Despite our cycling-friendly reputation, Portland took longer than cities like San Francisco and New York to hop on the modern bike-sharing train.

It wasn’t until 2016 that PBOT, Nike, and the bike-sharing company Motivate teamed up to launch Biketown, a paid service that lets Portlanders pick up and drop off bikes at 140+ hubs around the central city.

THE LATEST SCOOP: Biketown released its 2018 annual report last week, and it included some interesting nuggets: For one, the total number of trips taken last year increased 29 percent, despite facing extra “competition” from Portland’s e-scooter pilot in the fall.

Biketown also saw an even bigger jump for its low-income membership program, which now accounts for 20 percent of all trips by members.

WHAT’S NEXT: The city’s contract with Motivate is almost up, so PBOT will be taking applications this spring to become the program’s new operator.

Specifically, PBOT is looking for a partner that will expand Biketown’s service area further into north and east Portland, as well as add electric-assist bikes to the program’s fleet.

The city also plans to expand its Adaptive Biketown program for people with disabilities by making adaptive bikes available year-round.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. 👍

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HELP US PLAN WHAT'S NEXT

We're celebrating our first birthday this month (yay!), and we're inviting our members to help us set priorities for the year ahead. The party is happening on Tuesday, April 2 at the Nightwood Society, and if you become a Bridgeliner member today, you'll be able to snag yourself a ticket. Thanks for your support, and hope to see you next month!

EYES ON THE STARS

This one goes out to Madison High School senior Gus Harquail, who asked his assistant track coach (aka our director Ben DeJarnette) about the best places to stargaze near Portland.

His timing wasn’t a coincidence. A rare “super worm moon” made an appearance this week, and for once the sky was clear enough for us Portlanders to see it… in March!

While the supermoon might be gone, the clear skies could stick around at least through the weekend. And this light pollution map shows the best places to go gazing.

A 30-minute drive to a place like Vista House will get you a solid view, but you have to travel even further into the Gorge (or the Mt. Hood National Forest) to fully escape our city’s light pollution.

Up for a road trip? This article by The Dyrt has tips for where to find peak stargazing all around the state.

In other news…

Portland’s 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax has raised $39 million (and counting) for local infrastructure projects, and officials are building a case for why voters should extend the tax in 2020. (OregonLive)

Local jazz fans have reason to celebrate — the future of the community station KMHD is secure, at least for the next five years. (Portland Mercury)

The same sharp-dressed greeter has welcomed shoppers at the Fred Meyer’s on Hawthorne for the last nine years, and he has a cool story. (KGW)

Events Calendar 📅

Our Partner Events

🌳 Monday: Hear big ideas for the future of our city’s public parks (NW | Pearl)

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Around Town

TODAY

💃 Dance at a Brazilian Carnaval Ball (SE | Central Eastside)

🎸 Hear some Hawaiian bluegrass music (NE | Alberta)

🍷 Drink fine wine at a comedy show (Hillsboro)

🛍️ Shop at a night market (Vancouver)

🏞️ Take a road trip to Smith Rock – all weekend (NE | Vernon)


TOMORROW

🌷 Kick off the tulip festival (Woodburn)

💘 Play archery on a date (Tigard)

🔍 Learn the history of Albina (NE |Albina)

🌮 Eat tacos and taste tequilas (N | Kenton)

🎿 Compete in a ski mountaineering race (Mt. Hood)

🐋 Watch for whales at the coast – through March 31 (Multiple locations)


SUNDAY

🙋 Play Harry Potter trivia (NE | Albina)

😋 Celebrate National Cheesesteak Day (NW | Alphabet)

🎤 See Kodak Black at Memorial Coliseum (NE | Rose Quarter)

🛍️ Shop at a “darkly peculiar” pop-up market  (SE | Central Eastside)


MONDAY

🏀 Welcome Ed Davis back to Portland (NE | Rose Quarter)

🧀 Chow down on mac ‘n’ cheese – at-the-door tickets only (NE | Albina)

😋 Beat the buzzer on Portland Dining Month – through March 31 (Multiple locations)


TUESDAY

🙅 Talk about “toxic positivity” (SE | Belmont)

🎉 Join a festival of colors (SE | Central Eastside)

📣 Learn about the expansion of a local oil terminal (Downtown)

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THAT’S ALL FOR THE WEEK

Under normal circumstances, we’d wish the Portland State women’s basketball team good luck in their NCAA tournament matchup today. Buuuuut they’re playing the Ducks this time around, so “may the best team win” is all we can muster.

We’ll see you Monday.

–  Bridgeliner

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