South Broad Street soon will have a new bike parking facility courtesy of SEPTA’s concourse. According to PhillyMag.com, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA in the development of a bike parking facility located in the underground concourse on the south end of the Broad Street Line.
This past weekend the announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo by Becky Collins, SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner. If you are unfamiliar with the underground SEPTA concourse, it runs south of City Hall to the Walnut-Locust Station of the Broad Street Line, which also connects to New Jersey’s PATCO train. The concourse is a long, unused concrete space that is typically very desolate. This plan to install a bike parking facility will not only provide cyclists with a safe, covered parking space but increase the foot traffic in that section of the concourse as well.
According to the BCGP, it plans to enclose the bike parking spaces with a cage that bikers can lock with their own locks to insure security. There will be a small fee to park, which can be paid via a SEPTA key card (coming in 2015) or users can purchase a monthly pass. This plan is being modeled after a bicycle parking system originally implemented by the City of Boston.