When Bike Share Rolls Out, Where Will the Bikes Live?

Mr. Fox

Excitement abounded back in August when we told you that the dream of a Philly Bike Share was finally going to become a reality in 2014. And while we have nothing but enthusiasm for this concept which has worked so nicely in other towns, there's still a lot of logistical work to be done before this thing can take off. One of the most important things that have yet to be determined is where the bike share stations will be located.

Bike share map

The map above shows the core of the network's boundaries along with the greater system which will stretch into the surrounding neighborhoods. And while this map will serve as a guide, the precise locations of the bike stations will have a major impact on just how user-friendly and therefore popular the Bike Share ends up being. Currently, the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities along with the Bicycle Coalition are trying to figure out exactly where to stick the bike stations, and are asking property owners and businesses to volunteer to host them.

Bike share station in DC. Image from Wikipedia.

Are you interested in hosting one of Philadelphia's 150-200 bike share stations? You have two options. Those willing to sponsor a station will have first priority in siting for a bike share station, and ostensibly would have additional marketing opportunities. Those willing to be a station host without the sponsorship element can also alert the City to their willingness to host a station on their property. Neither of these options guarantee a bike station, but they are a huge help in the planning process, determining where there things will ultimately end up.

For more information on expressing interest in hosting or sponsoring a bike station, click here. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is October 7th.