Toole Design Group and Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning Selected to Develop Philadelphia Bikeshare Business Plan
February 7, 2013
Following up on the December 10th announcement of a Request For a Proposals (RFP) for a strategic business plan, consulting, and cost estimate services the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia are happy to announce the team of Toole Design Group and Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning has been selected to develop a business plan for the city’s upcoming bikeshare program.
The Toole Design/Foursquare team impressed the selection committee with their depth of experience working on bikesharing studies, their understanding of Philadelphia’s needs as we move towards a full-scale bikesharing system, and their commitment to move quickly to deliver the project on time. Toole Design has a great deal of experience working in Philadelphia and in bikesharing studies; they were the lead consultants on the Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan and recently completed a national study of bike sharing programs across the United Sates and developed a guide to implementation for the Federal Highway Administration. Foursquare ITP worked on Capital Bikeshare’s expansion to Arlington, VA and has a wealth of experience in cost forecasting for transportation systems. The Toole Design/Foursquare team is already hard at work gathering background information for the business plan and is scheduled to complete the business and strategic plan by the end of April. For more detailed information on the work that Toole/Foursquare will be doing, check out the request for proposals posted here: Philadelphia Bike Share RFP
The business plan produced in this project will allow the City to design a system that is an ideal fit for Philadelphia and starts out on the strongest possible footing. The City is targeting a bikesharing system launch in late summer 2014 and has pledged $3 million towards the capital infrastructure and will be looking to combine private sponsorship, federal and state funds to cover the expected $10 million cost of the proposed 1000-1200 bike system. Stay tuned here for more updates on bikeshare in Philadelphia.