Philadelphia unveils bike-share program details

mayor michael nutter bike share Philadelphia
Mayor Michael Nutter takes a bike for a spin around Rittenhouse Square.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

City officials on Thursday provided more details about what Philadelphia’s planned citywide bike share program will look like, with Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler announcing the completion of the bike share business plan and issuing a call to those interested in hosting or sponsoring bike share stations.

The program – slated to roll out late next summer – will consist of 1,500 to 2,000 bikes docked at a network of 150 to 200 bike sharing stations serving the area from the Delaware River to West Philadelphia and the Navy Yard to North Philadelphia.

The city in this year’s budget allocated to the program $3 million in capital funds, which Nutter said will be leveraged into “millions more of state and federal transportation funds and private funds,” totaling the $10 million to $15 million needed to launch the bike share program.

The city further requested letters of interest from businesses, institutions and property owners who wish to either sponsor or host stations on their land.

Firms that have already confirmed their intention to host bike sharing stations include Brandywine Property Trust, Liberty Property Trust, GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross and the University of Pennsylvania.

“We believe that bike sharing in Philadelphia has a unique opportunity to bring an inexpensive and flexible form of transportation to the people that really need that,” executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Alex Doty said in a statement.

“More than half of all Philadelphians who live below the poverty line will live within walking distance of a bike share station. The Bicycle Coalition is committed to helping the city reach out into the communities and help make sure that nobody is left out from this great new form of transportation.”

To that end, the city has created a map on which users can suggest preferred bike share station locations. They say they’ll take the input into account when constructing the system.

“We’ve seen bike sharing work amazingly well in other cities, but we know that we have to tailor our system to meet the needs of Philadelphians, which is why I’m asking everyone to take some time to think about where they’d like to see bike sharing in their neighborhoods or workplaces,” Cutler said in a statement.

A system operator to manage and oversee the entire bike share program has not yet been selected. The city will release a request for proposals in the early fall.

More information on how to recommend a bike sharing site or to become a host or sponsor can be found on the city’s bike share website, which officials say is now “the  home for all official information on bike sharing in Philadelphia.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Apple says its systems not to blame for…

By Edwin Chan and Christina FarrSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of…

Local

Tallest residential building planned for lower Manhattan

A residential tower planned for lower Manhattan will soar 1,356 feet in the air -- just 12 feet shy of 1 World Trade Center. When…

Local

Bronx man commits suicide by decapitation

A Bronx man committed suicide Monday morning in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx by decapitating himself. According to the NYPD, the 51-year-old man…

Local

Top cops enroll in Twitter course at John…

NYPD officers are reportedly getting a lesson on the best way to use 140 characters or less. The New York Post reported Tuesday top officers…

Arts

Pop culture and prostitutes: New Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at…

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec documented the cult of celebrity and the rise of pop entertainment in his prints, posters and lithographs — now on display at MoMA.

Arts

PHOTO: Extreme artist Eskil Ronningsbakken balances unicycle on…

Extreme artist’ Eskil Ronningsbakken balances on the edge of a cliff face at 4,600 feet – on a unicycle. The Norwegian travels across the globe, balancing over vertiginous ravines, tall…

Music

Hear two previously unreleased Adele songs

Missing some Adele in your life? Two previously unreleased songs from the singer have appeared online.

Music

Lincoln Center just made 'Lord of the Rings'…

Middle Earth already has sweeping vistas, a hero's journey and technology-revolutionizing special effects. But next April, the Lincoln Center will add another dimension to Peter Jackson's…

NFL

Michael Vick set to be weekly guest with…

Mike Francesa may need to backtrack from his harsh commentary of Michael Vick now that the Jets backup quarterback will be a weekly guest on his show.

NFL

Jets expect to make playoffs after sitting on…

The same pundits who predicted the Jets would be woeful a season ago are now eying the playoffs for this revamped team.

NFL

Antonio Allen returns to practice after concussion

Antonio Allen was cleared to practice again following his concussion two weeks ago.

Sports

Belinda Bencic leads crop of young stars serving…

Belinda Bencic, a 17-year-old Swiss Miss, beat two Top-10 players before suffering a disappointing loss Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

Parenting

In defense of making a mess during playtime

"Recipes for Play" authors Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener think playtime should involve the five senses and making a mess is part of the fun.

Wellbeing

Jason Hope helps push anti-aging efforts forward

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article When it comes to age-related illness, the direction of modern medicine seems more reactive than proactive. In…

Wellbeing

Today's Doomsday preppers: a closer look at survivalist…

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. The term “Doomsday prepper” is often associated with the paranoid, anti-government stereotype of the 1990s. The truth…

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…