Great news, Philadelphia. Last week, Mayor Nutter announced that the City of Philadelphia will introduce a bike share program that will launch in 2014. The plan calls for an initial 650 bikes to be put into use in the first year, with that number set to grow to 1,200 bikes by 2015. The plan also calls for some 120 bike share stations that would be concentrated in Center City but extend west into University City and north to Temple University.
Bike share users will be able to pick up a bike from one pod and then return it to another pod somewhere else in the city. The first 30 minutes of usage will be free, with users paying a metered rate after that.
The plan is in the very preliminary stages at this point, with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities just this week releasing a “Request for Proposals” to develop a business plan for the bike share program.
But just the fact that the plan is in motion is huge. And it’s great news for Philadelphia, and great news for both residents and visitors alike. It’s going to add an affordable and convenient new way to get around the city. Not to mention the positive spillover effects that should include traffic calming measures, more and more bike lanes being added to neighborhoods across the city, pedestrian improvements and more.
Suffice it to say, we’re pumped.
Stay tuned for more info as the plan progresses. If you want to know more about how a bike share program works in the meantime, check out this video about the bike share program in Washington D.C.
Bike Share in Philadelphia: From feasibility study to action [Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities]
Nutter to seek Council appropriation for Philadelphia bike-share program [Philadelphia Inquirer]
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