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Posted on: November 23, 2021

City & Tandem Mobility Search for Bike Share Sponsor

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The City of Portland has entered into an agreement with Tandem Mobility, a bikeshare company with national experience, to launch a bike sharing system by the summer of 2022. Key to launching the system, the City, Tandem Mobility, and other partners are in search of a title bike share sponsor.

The City of Portland selected Tandem Mobility in August 2021. Organizations involved and supportive of the bike share initiative include Portland Downtown, Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Portland Metro, and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Like many bike sharing programs across the country, Portland’s system will focus on providing more sustainable transportation choices, improving the quality of life for residents, and enhancing the experience of Portland’s visitors. 

“Expanded ways for people to safely bike in Portland is consistently mentioned by residents as something they value and hope to see more of,” said Christine Grimando, the City’s Planning & Urban Development Director. “Having a bike share system in Portland will be a fantastic opportunity for us to increase affordable, healthy transit and recreation options for all. We’re hoping to find a sponsor as this will help ensure the bikeshare system is affordable.”

Having a title sponsor will help to ensure that the cost of the bikeshare system is affordable to users and on par with public transit fares. The sponsorship provides an opportunity for a private sector partner to play a central role in bringing a more sustainable transportation option to Portland, one that has positive benefits on the health and wellness of residents and visitors. 

Keli Hoyt-Rupert, CEO of Tandem Mobility said, “We're incredibly excited about our partnership with the City of Portland. We're impressed with the high level of engagement that the Portland community has expressed in launching and establishing a bike share system, and as a company with roots in New England, we couldn't be happier to be working on making a program a reality in Portland. Just as with other transportation systems, subsidy is key to launching this program, and we are looking forward to meeting with organizations about their sponsorship potential."

About Tandem Mobility 

Tandem Mobility brings over 15 years of experience in the micromobility industry, having launched, managed, and operated 100+ bike and scooter share systems across the U.S. Tandem Mobility provides custom e-mobility solutions for communities of all sizes. More details can be found at https://www.tandem-mobility.com/.

Information on sponsorship and organizations interested in being contacted can be found here: https://www.tandem-mobility.com/portland

City of Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning and Bike Share page:
https://www.portlandmaine.gov/1750/Bicycle-Pedestrian-Planning


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