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.

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.

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.

MOTU Announcements | New Green Conflict Zone Markings


Bicycle Conflict Zone at Logan Circle/19th/Race

Bicycle Conflict Zone at Logan Circle/19th/Race

Have you seen Philadelphia’s new green bicycle conflict zone pavement markings?

Green conflict zones highlight locations where bicycles and motor vehicles must cross paths.  Bright green pavement draws motorists’ attention to these areas while providing cyclists with a clear place to negotiate a crossing.

MOTU and the Streets Department have been working to install new green bicycle conflict zone pavement markings as part of the City’s ongoing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements Program, which is funded through the Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program.  Certain green conflict zone areas also include improved white bicycle lane pavement markings as well as two-stage-left-turn boxes, to help facilitate left turns for bicycles at busy intersections.

Keep your eyes out for new green conflict zone markings at:

  1. 5th & Race
  2. 6th & Market
  3. Logan Circle & Vine
  4. 6th & Wood (I-676 ramp)
  5. 19th & Race
  6. 7th & Oregon
  7. 34th & Grays Ferry
  8. 54th & Christian
  9. Columbus Blvd & Morris
  10. Columbus Blvd & Oregon
  11. Columbus Blvd & McKean
  12. Columbus Blvd & Dilworth
  13. Columbus Blvd & Mifflin
  14. Columbus Blvd & Snyder
  15. Grays Ferry & Washington
  16. Penrose & Pattison
  17. 20th & Belfield
  18. Belfield & Wister
  19. Umbria & Domino
  20. Henry & Wigard
  21. Henry & Gates
  22. 19th & Ogontz
  23. 20th & Ogontz
  24. Champlost & Ogontz
  25. Kemble & Ogontz
  26. Olney & Ogontz
  27. Walnut Lane & Ogontz
  28. Byberry & Academy
  29. Woodhaven & Thornton
  30. Langdon & Oxford
  31. Kensington & Allegheny
  32. Cumberland & Aramingo
  33. Westmoreland & Aramingo
  34. 52nd & Parkside
  35. Washington & Water
  36. Washington & Moyamensing

Conflict zone at Logan Circle/19th/Race in action


SEPTA’s New Pilot Program Offers 24 Hour Weekend Service


Night owls rejoice! Starting at midnight on June 15th, SEPTA will be offering 24 hour service for late night riders of the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. The pilot program, which has launched in response to Philadelphia’s increasing night-time activities and flourishing restaurant and night-life scene, will run through Labor Day Weekend.

Depending on how successful the pilot program is SEPTA may choose to extend late night service past the summer months.

Here are some of the main details:

SAFETY: Extra police officers will be present at all stations to ensure the safety of all passengers.

FARES & ENTRY: At major hubs and high ridership locations, riders can purchase fares at the entrance gate. At all other stations, riders will be able to go through the turnstiles and pay their fares to the train operator at the head of the train before entering. Exact change only, please!

FREQUENCY: Trains will run every 20 minutes between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

You can get more information, including tips and schedules here.

The parklets are back!

Parklet on S. 44th St.

Stop by and enjoy the city’s nine beautiful parklets! Now in their third season, Philadelphia’s parklets temporarily–from April through November–convert one or two on-street parking spaces into patios with tables, seating, and greenery. Although small businesses often sponsor parklets, parklet seating is open to the general public.

Parklets at the following locations are now in full swing:

  1. 128 N. 10th Street, sponsored by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation;
  2. 1511 South Street, sponsored by the The Quick Fixx and the South of South Neighborhood Association;
  3. 2311 Frankford Ave, sponsored by Little Baby’s Ice Cream and the New Kensington Community Development Corporation;
  4. 4360 Main Street,  sponsored by Federal Realty Investment Trust and the Manayunk Development Corporation;
  5. 4903 Catharine Street, sponsored by University City District;
  6. 810-814 S. 47th Street, sponsored by University City District;
  7. 261-263 S. 44th Street, sponsored by University City District;
  8. 43rd and Baltimore, sponsored by University City District;
  9. 4040 Locust, sponsored by University City District.

To learn more about the evolution of the city’s parklet program, check out some of our earlier blog posts here, here, here, and here. Is your business or neighborhood association interested in sponsoring a parklet? If so, contact us at

CyclePhilly App Launches


Calling all cyclists with smart phones! With a new app called CyclePhilly, you can record and report your biking routes, travel times, and trip purposes. The aggregate data, which will include a map showing your and other participants’ rides, will help planning agencies and their partners improve area bike infrastructure.

The CyclePhilly app was developed by volunteers with Code for Philly, a branch of Code for America, in partnership with DVRPC, the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and SEPTA. It is the first bike route mapping mobile application for the Philadelphia area.

The CyclePhilly app is available for free in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Visit to learn more.

June 26, 2014 Update: Preliminary results after two months indicate that the app has collected data from more than 5000 bike rides in Philadelphia. WHYY’s NewsWorks recently wrote about the app here.

Twitter Roundup from our Bike Share Announcement Yesterday!

Yesterday we had a huge bike share announcement! The City of Philadelphia has selected “Bicycle Transit Systems to plan and operate the system, and B-cycle to provide the bicycles, stations, and technology platform” and is looking to roll out in Spring of 2015.  See the official press release here:

Below are some tweets from yesterday’s press release in front of the Art Museum –

We can’t wait for Spring 2015!

You’re Invited: Artist-Designed Bike Racks Display & Reception


Mark April 9th on your calendars to join us and our favorite new bike racks for an afternoon reception featuring the winners of the Bicycle Coalition’s Artistic Bike Rack competition.  The reception will be held from 5pm-7pm in the Art Gallery at City Hall, in room 116 B, and is hosted by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OCCE) and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.  New York City may have David Byrne, but we think that Philadelphia’s  artists can hang with the best of ‘em.  Come see what all the fuss is about.

From OCCE:

“The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy introduces two exhibitions in celebration of Philadelphia’s growing bicycle culture.  Artist-designed Bike Racks and Bike p’ARTs combine two great local passions: cycling and art. The exhibits are located on the 1st and 2nd floors of City Hall, NE corner in the Art Gallery at City Hall and display cases near the Mayor’s Offices.  An artist reception is scheduled for April 9, 5-7 pm.

Last summer, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia launched an open competition inviting artists and designers to create unique and creative bike racks for Philadelphia.  The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Over 100 entries from 83 individuals and firms, representing 21 states, as well as the Netherlands and Poland; 35 entries came from the Philadelphia area were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals and bicycle enthusiasts.  Selections were made based on creativity, appropriateness to Center City, and functionality as a bike rack. 
Nine design finalists were selected:
Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague AIA, of Brown Sprague LLC, Kathleen Fruge-Brown, Warren Holzman & Iron Studio, Carin Mincemoyer, Joe Norman, Collin Robinson, Nathaniel Ross, Ralph Tullie and Juliet Whelan.

rtist-designed Bike Racks features all 9 of the winning bike rack designs in the Art Gallery at City Hall. This is the only remaining opportunity to see all the designs in one location.  Afterwards, the bike racks will be installed throughout Center City in such locations as the Cira Centre, Sister Cities Park, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for widespread public use.  Prior to being exhibited in City Hall, the fabricated designs were part of this year’s Flower Show.
To complement Artist-design Bike Racks, artists from the region were invited to submit art that utilizes bicycle parts, exploring themes of sustainability, health and the urban environment. Bike p’ARTs features the work of 11 local artists: Regina Kelly Barthmaier, Robert Barabos, Charlize Katzenbach, Jennifer Lynn, Gerry Marron, Eric Mozes and Donnell Powell of Color My Sidewalk, Elicia “Eel-Eye” Avenue, Scott White, Kendal Wilkins and Raphael Xavier
The exhibits run through June 13th.” 
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