In Spring 2015, the City of Philadelphia plans to initiate the Philly Bike Share program throughout several neighborhoods. This plan allows for convenient and affordable transportation throughout the City of Brotherly Love. According to the Philly Bike Share website, there will be 60 bike share stations owned by the City of Philadelphia and maintained by a private company. This initiative will be integrated as an addition to the City’s public transportation.
The City of Philadelphia’s website provides a consecutive roll-out plan for the bike share system that will continue through Summer/Fall 2017. The project will be rolled out through the process of phases. Phase 1 is expected to be complete by spring 2014 and includes 60 stations. This Phase covers a large portion of Center City through Society Hill, Old City, Washington Square West, Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square. The City plans to develop bike stations throughout several neighborhoods within each phase to make the program accessible to all residents. Before the program is finalized, the City is allowing the public to provide comments and feedback until October 20th on the location of station sites. According to the City’s website, the possible station locations were based on the following criteria: population density, employment, shopping and recreational destinations, bike lanes, available space, site visits and stakeholder meetings (Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, SEPTA, local universities, businesses, etc).
In this program, Philadelphia will join Boston, Washington D.C., New York City and other areas that have also integrated the bike share system within their cities transportation options. The Bike Share Strategic Business Plan states the program will be funded through private, state and federal sources. The City hopes to accomplish goals of sustainability, increased tourism, accessible transportation and the promotion of healthy life style alternatives for all of Philadelphia and its visitors.