Philadelphia’s Adopt-A-Rack Program Hitting the Streets

In case you didn’t know, Philadelphia has the highest percentage residents that report bicycling to work (2.16%) of any of the top ten cities in the US.  Don’t believe me?  Stand on the corner of 13th and Spruce during the morning rush.  We know tens of thousands of more trips are taken each week to get around town or for recreation.  Over the past year, the City working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority has converted nearly 1,000 old Center City parking meters into bike racks, and hundreds more will be installed this fall in University City.  Outside of Center City and University City it is getting increasingly difficult to find a bike parking in neighborhoods from South Philly to Northern Liberties to West Philly to Manayunk.  When the few bike racks are full, bike’s are being locked to bike racks, stop signs and even trees (a big no-no) all across the City.  This incredible growth in bicycling (up 150% from 2000) is set to continue.

Cyclists need somewhere to park. Those who prefer two feet or four wheels to a bike, don’t want bikes blocking the sidewalk or damaging trees.  The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU), the Streets Department and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability have partnered to install 400 new adopt-a-rack bike racks across the City.  Three years ago, the original adopt-a-rack program installed 1,200 racks in front of buildings, businesses and institutions that promised to care for the racks.  In 2010, MOTU did a call for new adopt-a-rack locations and more than 400 racks are set to be installed.  The City is currently looking for a qualified contractor to procure and install the racks.   For businesses interested in bidding on this public works project, please see the following:

Project Name: Adopt-A-Rack

Bid Number:  #3732

Estimated cost: $100,000-$200,000

How to apply submit a bid:   Paper proposals must be picked-up from Rm 170A, MSB building.  Proposals are due by 9/22/2011.

For questions about submitting a bid or for more information, please contact the Procurement Office at call 215-686-4720, 4755 or 4756.

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