Bike corrals have been popping up around the city, so we took to the street to capture some of the corrals in use.
Since August, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has installed six in-street bike-parking corrals around the city free of charge.
Bike corrals are now located at the following spots:
- Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert streets
- Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, 10th and Cherry streets
- Whole Foods, 10th and South streets
- Tattooed Mom, 5th and South streets
- Drinker’s Pub at 20th and Chestnut
- Kung Fu Necktie at Front and Thompson streets
Each in-street bike hub is installed in a former parallel parking space and makes room for several, secure bicycle parking spots. This helps to both alleviate sidewalk congestion and fill a need for bicycle parking options.
MOTU’s bike corral program is modeled after similar program in cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Milwaukee and Portland, Oregon and follows on the heels of successful bicycle corral pilot program last fall.
After street resurfacing is completed on Baltimore Ave, another hub will be installed in front of Mariposa Food Co-op near 48th Street and Baltimore Ave. A seventh corral may be coming outside of Johnny Brenda’s but that is yet to be determined as it would be in a snow emergency route and would need to be re-located every winter.