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Posted on: January 31, 2019

City Issues RFP for Bike Share Program in Portland

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Portland is looking for companies to pilot a bike share program in Portland. The City has issued a Request for Proposals for the design, marketing, operation, and maintenance of a dockless bike share system for an agreement period of one year with the option to extend for up to two additional years. The City anticipates entering into an agreement with one provider during the pilot period with the expectation that the winning bidder would initiate the pilot in spring 2019. 

The City is looking for a dockless bike share program that will:

  • Promote and encourage bicycling as a safe and sustainable mode of transportation for short local trips, including one-way trips;

  • Provide additional first-mile and last-mile options to the many bus stops and transportation hubs (bus, ferry, passenger rail, inter-city bus, airport);

  • Decrease drive alone trips and increase the share of bicycling trips within Portland; 

  • Play an important role in the increase of transportation options to, from and within the downtown as part of the Transportation Demand Management programs by institutions, businesses and other entities; and 

  • Expand low-cost transportation options.

The program area may encompass the entire city, but proposals may include defining a smaller geographic area in which to run the pilot program. Bicycles will be permitted to be parked in the public right-of-way and at City parks subject to the established parking provisions. The pilot may consist of about 200 dockless bike share bicycles to start, and can consist of both non-electric and electric-assist bicycles. However, no scooters or fully electric bicycles will be part of this program.

The selected provider will be responsible for all aspects of the dockless bike share program, including system planning, operations and maintenance, ongoing customer service, and finances. The City seeks a provider that will provide these services at no cost to the City, though City staff will offer some logistical support. City staff hopes to use trip data from a bikeshare system to evaluate other ways to increase mobility as well.

The City is currently home to 23 miles of bicycle lanes, 3.5 miles of shared lanes, 5.5 miles of bicycle boulevards/neighborhood byways, and 9 miles of shared use pathways. Portland Trails has built and maintains a 70 mile trail network in Greater Portland. 

Proposals are due by Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Copies of the RFP are available by contacting the City’s Purchasing Department via email at jrl@portlandmaine.gov or by phone at 207-874-8654. 


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