MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS AS SPONSOR FOR PHILADELPHIA’S BIKE SHARE SYSTEM, INDEGO

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Philadelphia, February 11, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Independence Blue Cross will serve as the title sponsor for Philadelphia’s bike share system, called Indego, which when it opens later this year will be a fleet of 600 professionally maintained and easy to ride bicycles and the network of more than 60 bicycle docking stations across the City.  In addition to the $3 million capital investment by the City of Philadelphia and more than $4.5 million in state, local and foundation funding, Independence Blue Cross will contribute about $1.7 million each year for the next five years as title sponsor.

“Indego will be a tremendous addition to our thriving city.  It will provide a low-cost, convenient, accessible and healthy transportation option for Philadelphians, commuters and visitors alike,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I am delighted that Independence Blue Cross has decided to partner with us on this exciting initiative as…

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MOTUnes Monday | Cars Are Cars

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re hearing Paul Simon’s Cars Are Cars.

MOTUnes Monday | Didn’t It Rain (in Yorktown, North Philadelphia)

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we bring you Didn’t It Rain by Sister Rosetta in support of the Philadelphia Water Department’s upcoming Green and Complete Streets project in Yorktown, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia—which was once home to Gospel and Rock and Roll legend, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, herself!

MOTUnes Monday | Take Me Home, Country Roads

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re taking country roads to West Jamaica, home of Toots and the Maytals.

 

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

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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” (BetterBikeShare.org);
  • 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.

Tidbit Tuesday | Breakdown of Bicycle Parking Spaces in Center City

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Did you know that Center City Philadelphia is home to more than 5,000 bicycle parking spaces? This week we graphed data describing bicycle parking in Center City which is available on OpenDataPhilly here.  We graphed the percentage of bicycle parking spaces available in Center City by the type of bicycle parking (we only included formal bicycle parking, a structure whose purpose is only for bicycle parking, and did not include informal bicycle parking, a structure whose initial purpose is for something other than bicycle parking, such as a sign post).  For a more detailed understanding of the different types of bicycle parking available in Center City in this data set, please check out the data’s metadata located here.

As can be seen in the graph, 50% of all bicycle parking spaces in Center City are made available through staple racks (sometimes known as inverted u-racks).  In addition, converted parking meters make up an additional 32% of all bicycle parking spaces.  School yard racks, wave racks, and on-street corrals make up the remaining 18%.  We did not include hitchpost style bicycle parking and miscellaneous bicycle parking (examples of which can be seen here), as both provide too few bicycle parking spaces in Center City to be able to be seen on this chart.  That being said, we did include the total bicycle parking spaces provided by these structures in our overall counts.

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Please note that breakdown is the percent of the number of parking spaces available, not by the total number of bicycle parking structures are available.  A quick summary of the data is as follows:

Total Number of Bike Parking Spaces
Converted Parking Meter 1,640 32%
Hitch Style 12 0%
Other 8 0%
School Yard 630 12%
Staple or Inverted-U 2,612 50%
Street Corral 110 2%
Wave 210 4%
Total 5,222  100.0%

What is your favorite type of bicycle parking?

MOTUnes Monday | 1, 2, 3, Red Light

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re listening to Talking Heads’ cover of 1, 2, 3, Red Light.

Tidbit Tuesday | Vehicle accessability between Philadelphians who rent and own their own homes

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we took American Community Survey data (2013 1-year estimate) and calculated the number of Philadelphia householders who own their own vehicle by whether they own or rent their homes.   According to the data, approximately 20% of home owners do not have access to a vehicle and 48% of home renters do not have access to a vehicle.

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MOTUnes Monday | I Got A Name

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re rolling down the highway with Jim Croce.

 

 

Tidbit Tuesday | Median Age of Philadelphia Commuters by Transportation Mode Choice

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we took American Community Survey data (2013 1-year estimate) and graphed the median age of the commuters who use each mode.  Please note that all ages are rounded to the nearest whole number.  As you can see below, driving alone and carpooling tends to skew older and walking and biking (or taking another mode) tend to skew younger.

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Note: We know that it is a little strange the bikes and taxis are grouped together, unfortunately this is how it is grouped for this question category on the American Community Survey.

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