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Portland Bike Share

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It Just Makes Sense

Easy Transit

Say goodbye to parking problems. Get to where you want to go, while saving money and having fun.

Ride a bike and help Portland be a happy, sustainable, place to be.

“I think a bike share would be an added incentive to tourists who want to experience the city outside of a car or bus. It would promote people seeing more than just commercial street, they could travel from the East End to the West End and shop/eat along the way. I think it would alleviate some of the parking issues we have downtown, too for the residents of the city.”

- Portland Resident

Portland Bike Share, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded with the mission to plan and implement a bike share system for the Portland, ME area.

WHAT IS BIKE SHARE?

Stations are placed throughout an area of the city, where residents can access bicycles for personal use. Residents can buy memberships for on-going access to the system, or buy "use-as-you-go" minutes.

Bike Sharing is constantly growing throughout the US and the World

Bike Sharing is an innovative, sustainable, healthy public transportation option designed for short distance point-to-point trips. Users pick up a bike at any self service station and return the bike to any station located within the system.

PUBLIC USE BIKESHARE PROGRAMS 2016

NOT JUST FOR BIG CITIES

BIKE SHARE TECHNOLOGY

“Bike Share would bring us up to speed with other progressive cities as well as provide a feasible alternative for getting around Portland without having to drive everywhere.”

- Portland Resident

PLANS FOR PORTLAND

History of Portland Bike Share

Bikes on the Ground: Plans

Year 1 Launch

“Bike Share would make some errands much easier than using a car due to parking. Also, if friends or family were in town, we could use the bike share to get around the city without having to drive. Riding a bike is a fun way to experience a city.”

- Portland Resident

BIKE SHARE SPONSORS

Portland Bike Share Partners

North Atlantic Properties

National Bike Share Sponsors

THE TEAM

Sam is the Executive Director of the North American Bikeshare Association where she works to build the bikeshare industry on a continental scale. In addition, she brings with her extensive experience in the bicycle transportation industry, working for the City of Boston Bicycle Programs, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and researching bicycle transportation. She has been a bike commuter for 15 years and has been working in the bike share field since 2012. Prior to her work in bicycling transportation, Sam worked for the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology on projects focussed on the introduction and adoption of new sustainable technologies in communities.

Samantha Herr

President of the Board of Directors

Board of Advisors

Brian Chick

Board of Directors

Sarah is the Southern Maine Director at the Women's Business Center at CEI, where she helps entrepreneurs access advising, training, capital and other resources to start or grow their own businesses.  

 

Sarah's passion around entrepreneurship has driven her recent career choices, including: work at CEI in their StartSmart program with immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs; several years in Ecuador growing a local consulting firm focused on high impact entrepreneurial ecosystems, and time at ACCION USA measuring the outcomes of their domestic microlending.


Sarah is an active community member: she sits on the boards of the Outdoor Sport Institute and Women Standing Together, and is working as part of a collaborative initiative to encourage more female equity investors in Maine.

Laurie Palagyi

Board of Directors

Sarah Guerette

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brian Chick is a CPA specializing in non-for-profits, and a long-time Portland resident. He gets excited about all the progressive movements, and involved with them when he can. Though he has a car for long range travel, he hasn't always, and is excited to see Portland have opportunities to grow its alternative transportation infrastructure. 


In his spare time he likes to practice yoga, hike, and work on his old house in the West End.

Laurie is the Executive Director of a non-profit in Boston. 


Laurie holds an extensive background in outdoor education and camp leadership. Laurie’s profession has included adventure challenge facilitation, wilderness leadership guiding, year-around retreat programming, summer camp facilitation and management, and curriculum development and implementation. 


Further, Laurie holds certificates in Camp Administration and Leadership from Wheaton College, American Archery Association Level II Coach, Wing Speed Challenge Course Facilitator, Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard, and Solo Wilderness First Responder.

MEDIA LINKS

Portland Trails 15x15

Start at 30 min

Maine Start-Up and Create Week

“I think Bike Share would be an excellent option. If available, I would use it to commute in from South Portland.”

- South Portland Resident

What is bike share?

Bike Sharing is an innovative, sustainable, healthy public transportation option designed for short distance point-to-point trips. Users pick up a bike at any self service station and return the bike to any station located within the system.


How does bike share work?

Stations are placed throughout an area of the city, where residents can access bicycles for personal use. Residents can buy memberships for on-going access to the system, or buy "use-as-you-go" minutes.


How many stations will Portland have?

Bike share will launch in a series of phases. Phase 1 is planned for 15 stations that focus on the Portland Peninsula. Further phases will add stations for a target of 25 or more over several years. Planning is still taking place, so this could change. 


When will Portland be getting a bike share system?

Currently, funds are being raised to support the capital and operational costs of starting a bike share system. The launch date is contingent on raising these funds.


How can I participate in the effort to get bike share going?

You can submit your contact information above to get on our list. Once you join the list, you will receive information about how to participate as opportunities become available. 


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