Portland's bike share system, BIKETOWN, launched on July 19, 2016, and has since shown great support for local businesses and tourism. In almost 6 months, BIKETOWN's 2016 report details an increase in biking and reduction in the number of car trips. Among locals, 26% of BIKETOWN trips eliminated car trips and 20% of users reduced their car ownership or have considered it. Among residents and commuters, 64% are biking more. Since its launch, there have been over 160,000 BIKETOWN trips taken totaling 312,690 miles.
Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat said, "This survey shows BIKETOWN makes it easy for people to use bikes instead of cars for short trips, reducing congestion, pollution and carbon emissions. We are incredibly proud that this new transportation option has helped increase biking in Portland while at the same time strengthening the local economy and supporting local business." (BIKETOWN Survey Report 2016, PBOT NEWS RELEASE)