Philadelphia’s Bike Share Strategic Business Plan is Here

We’re thrilled to be announcing another major step toward launching bike sharing in Philadelphia by 2014! Yesterday, Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler unveiled the Philadelphia Bike Share Strategic Business Plan, laying out the detailed ground work for how to successfully get a bike share system rolled out and running.

The full plan is available at the City’s official bike share website. According to the Plan, Philadelphia will be able to support a system of 150 to 200 stations with 1,500 to 2,000 bikes, stretching from the Delaware River into West Philadelphia and from Temple University through Center City to the Navy Yard. The program is expected to have a capital cost of between $10-15 million, $3 million of which has been committed through the City’s capital budget. The rest of the funding will be raised from grants and sponsorships, and after the launch, the system is not anticipated to need any public operating subsidy.

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Two-phase bike share roll-out recommended by the Business Plan

The plan calls for a two-phase roll-out of bike sharing, with a first phase opening in 2014 centered on areas with high employment density. A second phase in 2015 will expand the reach of the system in all directions. The Strategic Business Plan was based on an earlier feasibility study that identified where bike sharing would provide the most use to the most people.  This analysis was based on many factors, including residential and job density as well as travel patterns and locations of existing bicycling and transit infrastructure.  This method has been employed during the design of many of the other successful bike sharing systems around the U.S.

With the business plan in place, yesterday’s announcement also begins the process of identifying potential station locations. The City’s bikeshare site links to an interactive map that lets anyone suggest and vote on dock locations.  Additionally, the City issued a Request for Expressions of Interest from property owners, businesses, and institutions in Philadelphia wanting to host and/or sponsor bike share station locations.  Expressions of interest will help the City understand exactly where demand for bike sharing is and will help us as we move forward with detailed system planning (we’ll have more on this next week).

Going forward, the City will be looking issue a Request for Proposals this Fall seeking an operator to run and manage the bike share system.

Find the full plan, the press release, and the Request for Expressions of Interest at the City’s official bike-share website: http://www.phila.gov/bikeshare

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