Bike Share Station Planning Report


A bike share station planning update report is now available at! (Click the big grey button labeled “Station Survey Report.”)

Earlier in the fall, we collected over 10,500 text-message, online, and paper surveys in response to 95 potential bike share locations. At two all-day Open Houses in November we spoke with over 400 people about the results, and we’re pleased to post the full update online.

The report describes bike share site planning and community outreach efforts and also details site-specific survey findings. The bulk of the report consists of one page snapshots of the feedback we received about each potential location. You’ll also see a map (visible above) showing the general locations that we’ve decided are most promising for Phase 1 of bike share (60+ stations in spring 2015), and those that are likely to appear in future phases, starting in spring 2016.

The map is NOT a final station map. We are continuing to investigate alternative locations using suggestions submitted via surveys and in consultation with community, public, and private partners. We are working to identify additional sites that didn’t appear on the initial map (e.g., near Suburban Station). A final station map will be available in spring 2015.

*Update* The map above contains an error that we are working to fix. As correctly stated on page 98 of the report, we consider a station at or near Palumbo Rec. Center to be most promising for Phase 1.

MOTUnes Monday | Freight Train

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re going’ from one place to another on a freight train with Taj Mahal.


Tidbit Tuesday | Recycling Reminders

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Did you know that disposing of some everyday items—such as batteries, mothballs, cell phone batteries, computer chargers, and aerosol cans—may require a special set of regulations due to the potential damage they can cause to people, pets, and the environment?

Not sure how to recycle household hazardous waste (HHW)? Review the City of Philadelphia Streets Department’s Hazardous Waste page for a list of HHW, as well as for the details on safe disposal.

The following places also make recycling easy:

  • Best Buy accepts most electronics
  • Home Depot and Ikea accept compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Most auto-service centers accept engine oil, anti-freeze, and other automotive liquids
  • Whole Foods accepts batteries, Brita water filers, cork, plastic bags, and #5 plastics

MOTUnes Monday | 3 R’s

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we are reducing, reusing, and recycling with Jack Johnson.

MOTUnes Monday | This Train is Bound for Glory

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we are in Austin, Texas for Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Old Crow Medicine Show’s New Orleans-inspired cover of classic. *MOTU does not endorse any of the imagery associated with this video.

MOTUnes Monday | Freeway of Love

And we’re back! Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we are riding on a freeway of love with Aretha Franklin.

Bike Share Open Houses


Maybe you’ve never heard of bike share. Or maybe you are one of the 5,824 people who submitted one of 10,535 online, text, and paper surveys about a potential bike share station between September 17- October 20. Either way, you’re invited to attend MOTU’s Bike Share Open Houses!  Bike share representatives will be on hand to discuss Philadelphia’s future program as well as survey findings. Come stop by! The details:

Open House #1

Date: Tuesday, November 18

Time: 8:15am-6pm

Where: The Gallery at Jefferson Station (formerly Market East), in the Atrium and Food Court (enter from 9th/Market)

Open House #2

Date: Thursday, November 20

Time: 8:15am-6pm

Where: 30th Street Station, west side of main waiting area

Can’t make the Open Houses?  Don’t worry; materials and survey results will be posted online at following the events. You’ll be able to see the breakdown of support for each potential station posted on the map at

What’s next for bike share?  Bike share planners are using survey results to guide site visits and are continuing to meet with property owners and community groups to identify good locations for bike share. If you would like to host City reps for a discussion of bike share at your next community meeting, please e-mail and



MOTU Announcements | It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science


The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is pleased to announce the implementation and expansion of its traffic and pedestrian safety program It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science. Join us today, October 15th, at 1:30pm at City Hall for the formal announcement.

Funded through the Spring of 2016 by a competitive grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science, is a no-nonsense, multi-faceted program which seeks to reduce the number of pedestrian involved crashes, injuries and fatalities in the City of Philadelphia.  The educational, enforcement and engagement aspects of this program will concentrate along high-crash corridors.  Aspects of the program include:

  • The issuing of warnings and citations to drivers and warnings to pedestrians who are engaged in unsafe behavior;
  • The creation of a police pedestrian enforcement training video;
  • A pedestrian safety advertising campaign on targeted transit bus shelters and transit vehicles;
  • The implementation of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Safe Routes Philly school curriculum at 25 schools, which teaches students how to walk to school safely;
  • An innovative social media campaign which will engage Philadelphians city-wide about how to employ safe pedestrian and driver behavior.

The general timeline for implementation of the different facets of this program are as follows:

  • October 2014 – April 2016 — Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Campaign
  • October 2014 – June 2015 — Safe Routes Philly Programming for the 2014-2015 School Year
  • March 2015 – May 2015 — Spring Safety Advertising Engagement Campaign
  • September 2015 – November 2015 — Fall Safety Advertising Engagement Campaign
  • October 2015 – June 2016 — Safe Routes Philly Programming for the 2015-2016 School Year

For more details regarding this program please click here.

See the original press release about the Pedestrian Focus Cities Grant by clicking here.

Where should bike share stations go?

english bikeshare poster hi-res

A map of potential bike share station locations is now live for comment via, and we want to hear from you! We are collecting feedback on almost 100 potential locations and plan to launch with around 60. Your feedback will help us prioritize, relocate, and eliminate locations as we gear up for initial program launch this coming spring.

You can comment not only online, but also via text message. MOTU has partnered with the Mural Arts Program and artist Eurhi Jones to create a bright red vinyl decal marking the locations of potential bike share stations. When you see one, text your thoughts to the number you see. Philly-based tech start-up Textizen is powering our text survey, and the interactive map was created by OpenPlans using their Shareabouts platform.

What does it mean if a station is on the map?

The map represents potential station locations, not definite plans. We identified potential stations based on analysis of factors such as:

  • population density
  • employment, cultural, and recreational destinations
  • transit stops
  • bike lanes
  • a crowd-sourced bike share station map that many of you commented on
  • site visits
  • meetings with property owners and community groups
  • meetings with agency partners, including SEPTA and Parks & Recreation

In most cases, the online map marks locations where we think bike share could make sense and could physically fit (stations are around 6.5′ wide and between 45′-75′ long). In other cases, the map shows an area that we think should be served by bike share, but in which we haven’t found a good spot. Look at the location description online to identify these (hint: the text begins with “HELP!”). Another insider tip: these locations don’t have decals.

What will we do with the feedback?

We will be using community feedback, in conjunction with meetings with property owners, community groups and other partners, to prioritize, relocate, and eliminate stations from the map. The goal is to identify a network of 60 stations that make the most sense for potential users and for system operations.

We will be presenting the findings of this initiative along with resulting recommendations at a series of public meetings later this fall.

Why isn’t bike share in my neighborhood?

The system will initially comprise 60 stations in Center City and parts of North, South, and West Philadelphia. We adopted this phasing plan as the result of last year’s strategic business planning process. Launching with only 60 stations means that we won’t initially be able to reach all areas that might be well served by bike share. We plan to expand the system in spring 2016 with an additional 60 stations, and will be using lessons learned from initial program launch and from the first year of operations.

We look forward to your feedback!

MOTU Announcements | New Sharrows in Philadelphia

This summer, the Philadelphia Streets Department installed 13 miles of sharrows on Philadelphia streets. Shared lane markings, or ‘sharrows’, were initially developed as part of an experiment to help control traffic in several cities across the United States. The findings of this experiment were that sharrows helped to guide bicyclists away from the door zone — the area adjacent to parked cars where bicyclists could potentially be trapped or hit by a door. These findings led to approval of sharrows by the Federal Highway Administration in 2009.


Philadelphia first began identifying streets where sharrows could be installed in the 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for Philadelphia. As shown in a map of current bike facilities in central Philadelphia below, the streets marked this summer include portions of 13th and 15th Streets between Spring Garden Street and Temple University; Memphis, Tulip, Columbia, and Malborough Streets; Sansom Street; and 18th and 21st Streets between Washington and Fairmount Avenues.


How does the Streets Department determine which streets should have sharrows? The main requirement is that streets be part of the city’s Bicycle Network Plan. Bicycle planners and traffic engineers then identify places where installing sharrows would help provide a clear, continuous, and safe path for bicycles to ride on. The chart below outlines more specific reasons for installing sharows.

Sharrows-01 You can read more about some of the new installations here and here.


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