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Portland became the birthplace of car-sharing in the United States in 1998, with the founding of a small local company that eventually became part of Zipcar. Today, car-sharers in Portland have access to five car-sharing services — and that number is growing every day. Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft also operate in Portland, making it easier than ever to get around the city without bringing your own vehicle.
Zipcar members from around the country can access a ﬂeet of hundreds of new vehicles in designated parking spots throughout the Portland metro area — there are more than 80 cars in the central city alone. Zipcar has a storefront location in downtown Portland, at Southwest 10th and Yamhill.
Turo is the country’s first peer-to-peer car-sharing service that allows owners to rent out their personal vehicles when they’re not using them to other members who want to rent them for a set time. In addition to outlying neighborhoods and the downtown core, Turo rentals are available at Portland International Airport.
Another peer-to-peer car-sharing service, Getaround is a free-to-join, Facebook-linked network currently in six U.S. cities that promises instant approval for membership applicants over 19 with a good driving record.
Introduced in Portland in 2015, ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft offer convenient, cash-free rides scheduled via mobile app. Both companies serve Portland International Airport (PDX), picking up outside of baggage claim at the far left end of the first island.
Lyft serves the greater Portland metro area with basic service for up to four passengers and Lyft Plus, with room for up to six people.
Uber serves Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and Vancouver, Washington. Services include basic UberX and XL (for up to six passengers), Uber Select (high-end vehicles), Uber Access (wheel-chair-accessible vehicles) and Uber Pedal (vehicles with bike racks).
Beyond big trees and picnic tables, Washington Park offers a zoo, two museums, gardens and more, all bordered by one of the country’s premier urban wildernesses.
While Portland prides itself on being a city that’s easy to get around without a car, these tips will help you tour the city in four-wheeled fashion.
Introduced in 2016, Portland’s bike-share program brings 1,000 smart bicycles to the central city.