“The stability of having the two wheels in the back with a trike was really good for me.”
— Carol Clupny
The City of Portland is going all-in on adaptive cycling. “All” as in making cycling accessible to all Portlanders who want to give it a try. As we reported earlier this month, the transportation bureau has expanded their fleet of cycles available through the Adaptive Biketown program.
The move comes as the Portland Bureau of Transportation works to boost use of the program. After starting as a pilot with 10 vehicles in 2017, the program did well enough to become permanent in 2018. In 2019, PBOT says they had only 200 rides through the program and that number fell to less than half that during the pandemic year of 2020. Now there are 27 vehicles in the fleet and riders can choose from one of several types cycles. There are hand-powered, foot-powered, single-rider, electric-assist, tandems, and other options and accessories available.
The goal is to have something for nearly every type of need, whether it’s a movement disorder like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, or Cerebral Palsy — or just a general discomfort or inability to manage a standard bicycle.