MOTU Announcement | Philadelphia Transit Shelter Project

In the next 5 years, the City of Philadelphia will double the number of transit shelters in the city. We will replace existing transit shelters with a new design, and we will add transit shelters to new locations.

To better inform this process, MOTU is seeking public feedback to help prioritize transit shelter locations. To vote, visit:

This website includes a map of possible locations based on the below criteria:

  • ridership
  • requests by citizens, local agencies and elected officials
  • availability of space on the sidewalk
  • proximity to hospitals
  • proximity to shopping centers
  • proximity to senior centers
  • proximity to community centers

Vote today and share with your friends.



MOTU Announcement | William Penn Foundation Grant to Expand Indego

We are pleased to announce that City of Philadelphia received a one-year, $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to expand Indego, the City’s bike sharing program, in 2016. The grant will support installation of 24 new stations, adding to the current system of 72 stations, in neighborhoods around the city. Station locations will be selected with emphasis on increasing the accessibility of City parks and waterfronts, and with the input of Philadelphia residents.

William Penn Foundation’s grant focuses on making some of the city’s most valuable natural and recreational assets—rivers and public parks—easier to enjoy and visit. By providing funds specifically for station expansion in underserved communities, this grant enables the City to build upon its vision for Indego as a bike share system accessible to Philadelphians of all income levels.

Learn more about the William Penn Foundation at
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Low-Cost Safety Improvement on Springfield & Baltimore Avenues

Have you ever wondered about the automated red light enforcement cameras at intersections across the city? Well, the City of Philadelphia benefits from those cameras immensely—and so does your safety as street users!

The City has used $1.5 million of earlier Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) fund distributions to improve pavement markings within bicycle conflict zones at 34 intersections and over seven miles of bicycle lanes. Of these intersections, the Baltimore and Springfield Avenues intersection (just east of S. 45th Street in the University City area of West Philadelphia) was one where the City and community stakeholders collaborated to improve safety.

The Springfield and Baltimore Avenues intersection was recently improved under Philadelphia’s citywide Low-Cost Safety Improvement project funded by ARLE. University City District has said “the response in the neighborhood has been phenomenal! [There has been much] outpouring of appreciation, especially for a project of this [small] scale.” The Springfield and Baltimore Avenues low-cost safety project demonstrates low-cost-big-impact type of work that has really been at the heart of Philadelphia’s ARLE funded safety improvements. The project has dramatically improved safety by eliminating accelerating Springfield Avenue traffic onto Baltimore Avenue heading east. The improvements for pedestrians is also significantly improved since pedestrians no longer need to negotiate the nearly 70-foot unsignalized crossing parallel to Baltimore Ave. The improvements, consisting of traffic paint and flexible delineator posts, shorten the crossing to less than half and require vehicular traffic to make a turn instead of a higher-speed merge.

The results? Have a look for yourself:

Baltimore and Springfield Avenues, before

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, BEFORE

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, AFTER

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, AFTER

Additionally, the City is using the most recent $3.5M ARLE funding distribution to implement traffic calming measures throughout the City to reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian safety. Such projects include corridor safety improvements on Castor Avenue, pedestrian safety improvements on South Broad Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, citywide traffic calming improvements, LED Street Light Improvements, and Anti-Skid pavement resurfacing at key locations.

Coordination between MOTU and the Streets Department on projects like these ARLE funded safety improvement projects is helping the City of Philadelphia to advance transportation safety for all street users.

It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science

As you may remember, in March we held #NotRocketScience pop-up pedestrian safety events in Philadelphia’s high pedestrian crash corridors.  These events included three individuals dressed in over-the-top “safety suits” working to educate the public about safe driver-pedestrian interactions.  From these events we worked with LevLane and Neighborhood Film Co. to create PSA’s to ensure that even more Philadelphians receive the message!


While Philadelphians laughed and learned about the dangers of distracted driving and distracted walking along with our “Safety Suiters” – we want to reiterate that traffic safety is no laughing matter.  Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler has previously stated, “The financial toll of these fatalities and accidents is in the hundreds of millions each year, but the personal toll is incalculable. We need to constantly find ways to engage the public on traffic safety issues, as safety must be our top priority.”

Therefore we are asking each of you to do your part.  We know that road safety is #NotRocketScience – but it IS a choice.  We invite you use the resources we have made available online to help spread the need for safer behavior!

Just a reminder, this PSA is part of the larger It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement Program which is being funded by a NHTSA Focus Cities Grant.  This program includes the following:

  • ENFORCEMENT: The Philadelphia Police Department is actively issuing warnings and citations to drivers and warnings to pedestrians at high crash intersections during high crash times.  Since October 2014, the Philadelphia Police Department has issued more than 1,100 warnings and citations.
  • EDUCATION: The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is working with Philadelphia schools near high crash intersections to conduct the Safe Routes Philly school curriculum. They are teaching students how to walk to school safely. The Bicycle Coalition is also conducting school walkability audits and will give recommendations to the Philadelphia Department of Streets for possible improvements to street design.
  • ENGAGEMENT: This program also includes a city-wide advertising campaign being featured on and inside more than 1,100 buses and transit shelters.

This education and enforcement program seeks to leverage the infrastructure solutions the Streets Department has accomplished in recent years, including the installation of more than 500 pedestrian countdown signals and the retiming of more than 2,400 intersections to favor safe pedestrian crossing. Read more about safety projects the Streets Department is planning, designing, and implementing here


MOTU Announcement | Mayor Nutter Announces That Indego Bike Share Will Launch April 23

Philadelphia, March 30, 2015 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the launch of the Indego bike share system will take place at noon on Thursday, April 23rd at Eakins Oval. Members of the public are welcome to join the festive kick-off event, which will feature music, brief remarks, and a ceremonial ride on the new bikes by members of Indego. The docking stations where Indego bikes will be parked will operate 24 hours a day all year at 70 locations in neighborhoods from Point Breeze, Passyunk and Center City to Yorktown, Olde Kensington, Francisville and Spruce Hill. Bike share users can access bikes at any station by using member cards or credit/debit cards and return them to any other station.

“I am thrilled that we are launching Indego in less than 30 days. Great cities provide residents, commuters, and visitors with great transportation and recreation options. Indego adds another option to get around, stay healthy, and experience our wonderful City,” said Mayor Nutter.

Affordable membership options

Beginning today, memberships are available from Users are encouraged to sign up before the April 23rd launch.  System members will receive a key that allows to access a bike at any Indego station.  Indego30 is a 30-day membership plan that provides members unlimited one-hour rides.  It is priced at just $15 per month and is available with credit card, debit card, and cash payment options. For credit card customers, the membership will renew automatically and can be cancelled at any time. Cash payments will be facilitated by PayNearMe, an electronic cash payment system that allows consumers to make cash payments at local stores. After signing up for membership via the Indego website, PayNearMe will send each consumer a bar code by text message or email. Consumers then take that bar code to participating 7-Eleven or Family Dollar stores and pay for the Indego membership in cash.

All Indego members will get 10 percent off bicycle helmets at select bike shops and athletic stores around Philadelphia.

Membership discounts for Independence Blue Cross Members and Dollar Days for everyone

As the official sponsor of Indego bike share, Independence Blue Cross supports the health and wellness of all Philadelphians by encouraging everyone to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. Through September 30, 2015, Independence Blue Cross members can enjoy their first 30 days of an Indego30 membership for just $5. Additionally, on twelve Independence Dollar Days throughout the year, beginning with the May 15 Bike to Work Day, everyone can try Indego for just $1 for the first half hour.

“We believe Indego will inspire people to get outside and get active, and that will strengthen the well-being of Philadelphia,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “That’s why we will give our members a 75 percent discount off the first month of membership and why we’ve arranged for 12 Dollar Days throughout the year when anyone in our community can ride an Indego bike for just one dollar.”

Indego is the first large bike share system in North America to offer:

  • A 30-day membership that will renew automatically and can be cancelled at anytime;
  • A pay-as-you-ride membership, in which you pay only for the rides you take;
  • Membership options that include 60 minutes of ride time before users incur additional fees; and
  • A cash payment option for 30-day memberships.

“We are proud that Indego will be America’s most accessible bike share program. Our pricing structure provides great value, puts customers in control of how much they spend, and is easy to understand. With options that allow members to take trips that last up to 60 minutes, we’ve made Indego a great option for getting around or just taking a ride to enjoy the city and get some exercise. For tourists, jumping on an Indego bike using our flat half-hour rate makes the decision to try Indego easy,” said Andrew Stober, Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

Indego Preview Event

Indego will hold a preview event on Thursday, April 2 from noon to 2 PM at Paine Plaza across from City Hall. During the event, a docking station and bikes will be on display, and visitors can try the system, find out about membership options, and purchase memberships.

More about bikes, stations and staying in the know

All Indego bikes will be equipped with a bell and front and rear lights. Each bike will also be inscribed with a safety message that encourages helmet use and cautions riders to yield to pedestrians, avoid riding on sidewalks, ride with traffic, and obey all traffic lights and signs.

“As a Philadelphia-based company, we are so proud to help make this amazing system a reality,” said Alison Cohen, President and CEO of Bike Transit. “Bike share is such an efficient, fun, and convenient way to get around. From promotion and to customer service to maintenance of the world class BCycle bikes, Indego is powered by Philadelphians for Philadelphians. We couldn’t be more excited to have such a positive impact on the City.”

Over the past eight months, officials from the City of Philadelphia have conducted public outreach, attended community meetings and invited Philadelphians to vote on station locations online, via text-message and paper surveys. More than 5,600 Philadelphians provided nearly 11,000 comments on station locations.  The City has placed stations where they will be useful, convenient and compatible with the surrounding environment.

For more information on Indego, the station locations, and updates on the program, including membership registration and docking station map, visit Philadelphia’s bike share program website:

MOTU Announcement | Philadelphia Energy Initiatives Awards

During Mayor Nutter’s tenure, the City has set to become the greenest city in America. To recognize the amazing energy accomplishments that have since taken place, the Mayor recently gave Philadelphia Initiative Awards to the following policies, projects, and people that have demonstrated outstanding energy performance.

Award for the most on-site electricity production at a City-owned facility to the team that inspired the Philadelphia Water Department’s Biogas Cogeneration facility

The Biogas Cogeneration facility was installed at the Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant. It uses biogas from waste water, along with natural gas, to produce electricity on site. This facility generates 85% of the electricity and all of the heating needed for the site.

Award for the greatest energy-saving project among the City’s four largest facilities to the team that completed the Quadplex Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Project

The Quadplex Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Project implemented energy improvements in City Hall, the Criminal Justice Center, Municipal Services Building, and One Park Building. Together, these improvements are projected to lower energy consumption by 20% and to save the City approximately $25.5 million over fifteen years.

Award for the most improvement in PJM’s Demand Reponse program to the staff of the Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport delivered 300% of their nomination in the their audit, compared to an average of 13% during the two events in 2013.

Award for developing, implementing, and holding staff accountable to an energy-saving lighting policy to the Parks and Recreation Department

Through its participation in the Energy Efficient Pilot Program, the Parks and Recreation Department requires a schedule for using field lights and holds staff accountable if its schedule is not adhered. Thanks to this successful policy, the Department saved over 85,000 kilowatts hours in fiscal year 2014 as compared to its average consumption over the three previous fiscal years.

Award for the most effective equipment procurement policy to the staff of the Health Department

The Health Department developed and implemented an energy-saving equipment and procurement policy, which means requiring ENERGY STAR-qualified equipment (if possible) when buying new equipment. The Health Department also participated in the Energy Efficiency Pilot Program which created a way to track its energy consumption. With the assistance of this policy, over 900,000 kilowatt hours were saved in fiscal year 2014, as compared to its average consumption over the three previous fiscal years.

Award for the most instrumental City employee in providing benchmarking water data access to Roy Romano

Roy Romano was instrumental in getting building across the city—both publicly and privately owned—the water data they needed to benchmark in Portfolio Manager. Without this crucial water data, many buildings would not have been able to comply with Philadelphia’s energy and benchmarking disclosure law. In the second compliance year for benchmarking disclosure law, the City enjoyed a 90% compliance rate.

The work that has been done to manage and reduce energy consumption across the City saves taxpayer dollars—and every dollar not spent on energy is a dollar available for City programs.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients!

Twitter Roundup from Today’s Bike Share Announcement


There was big announcement made this morning for bike share! The City proudly announced that Independence Blue Cross is the sponsor of Indego, Philadelphia’s bike share system, which is launching this spring. See the official press release here.

Below are some tweets from this morning’s press release at City Hall.

I hope you are excited as we are for the launch of Indego bike share this spring!


MOTU Announcement | Better Bike Share Partnership Aims to Increase Equity and Access in Bike Share


The City of Philadelphia is pleased to be working with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and PeopleForBikes to from the Better Bike Share Partnership.  The Better Bike Share Partnership a grant-funded collaboration working to increase access to and the usage of bike share in underserved communities.  As part of this collaboration, each organization is playing a unique role:

  • NACTO will facilitate the sharing of best practices and strategies on bike share among cities;
  • PeopleForBikes will administer $900,000 in grant funding over the next three years to help US cities advance strategies to increase bike share in underserved communities. In addition, PeopleForBikes will oversee “a storytelling effort to better communicate the approaches, successes and challenges of the grantees through blogs, articles, images and videos” (;
  • The City of Philadelphia will be receiving grant funding from the Better Bike Share Partnership to implement 20 bike share stations in underserved communities when our bike share system launches in the Spring of 2015; and
  • The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is working to engage these communities around the coming bike share system.

Want to learn more? Check out the Better Bike Share Partnership Blog and follow the Better Bike Share Partnership on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.

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