Philadelphia’s citywide bike share program is rolling along

This time next year, Philadelphia may finally have a citywide, point-to-point bike share program.

That’s what Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler said Tuesday afternoon during a demonstration from bike share vendors who will soon be vying to operate the city’s program.

“We expect to finish a business plan analysis in the next couple of weeks and we’re hoping to have an RFP on the street sometime in the late summer,” Cutler said.

She said the program’s first phase will roll out in summer 2014.

Mayor Michael Nutter was among the city officials who took a look at the wares, which included helmet vending machines, bicycles that can be tracked via GPS locators and solar-powered, movable docking stations from which bikes can be accessed by membership swipe cards or by paying a one-time fee.

Cities such as Washington, D.C. and New York have already successfully established similar bike share programs.

“As we’ve seen in those other cities, it’s not only a great way to get around, a social component, but there’s a financial component, as well,” Nutter said, noting advertising space on the bikes could be leased to generate city revenue.

“I do think we are well built – particularly the downtown and the core surrounding the downtown – and will run a very successful bike share program financially because we’re not using money from the city operating budget,” Cutler said.

The city has allocated $3 million in its capital budget to pay for constructing the bike share program’s infrastructure.

Cutler said those monies are expected to be matched by state and federal dollars, as well as corporate sponsors.

She said once it’s up and running, the bike share program will be self-sufficient, sustained by membership dues and fees.

Commuters will be able to “check out” a bike from one location and drop it off at a number of other stations.

“Universities have engaged us in discussions about citing on their locations, as have many developers,” Cutler said.

“We have a little bit of city envy of others who’ve come before us, but we have learned from them.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…