The Philly Bike Share website has released the city’s proposed bike share locations this afternoon. As readers may recall, they’ve been soliciting location suggestions from the public for some time now, and this is what they came up with for the Phase 1 roll-out this spring.
Head over to their site to see an interactive version of the map, and to make more location suggestions. While the Phase 1 street boundaries probably aren’t up for negotiation, the bike share team is interested in hearing ideas for additional and alternative docking locations within these boundaries through October 20th.
Here’s the full map:
Here’s Center City:
South Philly so far has only 10 stations below Washington Avenue.
In West Philly, the Phase One cut-off is 44th St to the west, Haverford to the north, and CHOP to the south. There are 17 stations:
And here’s north of Spring Garden, where Norris is the northernmost border of Phase One, and Frankford Ave is the eastern border. Fishtown east of Frankford will have to wait for Phase Two, so it seems.
Here’s something interesting to watch as this moves forward: recall that back in 2013, Andrew Stober at the Mayor’s Office on Transportation and Utilities told Inga Saffron that bike share docking stations would not be placed on sidewalks or in parking spaces, except as a last resort:
In contrast to other cities, they’ve excluded sidewalks as potential locations, Andrew Stober, the project’s point person, told me. Ditto for sites inside Center City’s four main squares. Meanwhile, to avoid antagonizing motorists and business owners, Stober says the city has decided not to place docking stations in parking spaces during Phase 1, except as a last resort.
No sidewalks. No street spots. What’s left? A lot more places than you would think, Stober insists.
Next month, the city will release a report on how to implement bike-sharing, Stober says. His office has already identified 130 locations that fit the city’s strict siting criteria. Many proposed docking stations could be installed on private property, such as the Comcast tower plaza, when the owner agrees, or on the aprons fronting city museums. Stober says the city plans to solicit public comment for every site.
Can you spot any locations where that’s going to be an issue?