Public transit operator First Transit has entered an settlement with ride-hailing agency Lyft to offer operations for Biketown – the USA’s first all-electric bike share system.
The 1,500 bike share system has roughly 140 stations overlaying 30 sq. miles. Operations that might be taken on by First Transit embrace battery monitoring, deployment, retrieval, and common rebalancing of motorcycle stock.
Biketown consists of a fleet of specifically designed, sturdy and sturdy e-bikes that use lock-to expertise to create a transportation community throughout the town. The e-bikes could be unlocked from one station and returned to every other station within the system or locked to a public bike rack within the service space for a small charge.
Biketown bikes have electrical pedal help offering extra energy when wanted so the bike can go sooner and rise up hills and throughout bridges extra simply.
“First Transit has led the way in which in mobility options for greater than 60 years, and we’re proud to be a part of one other first in our historical past – bike share operations,” says George Lee, senior director of enterprise growth for First Transit. “Biketown affords residents and commuters one other inexpensive, handy, and sustainable mode of transportation in Portland.”
“We’re thrilled to be increasing our mobility choices within the Portland space and to offer inexpensive and handy transportation for all,” says Zach Greenberger, head of worldwide provide administration and strategic enterprise growth for Lyft.
Moreover, First Transit now supplies Lyft Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Service in Portland for passengers utilizing a fixed-frame or non-collapsible wheelchair. To request a Lyft WAV, passengers allow wheelchair entry in Settings by way of the Lyft app. The Lyft WAV’s are operated by licensed drivers supplied by First Transit. Different First Transit mobility options within the Portland space embrace TriMet LIFT and Yamhill County Transit paratransit service.