Many Philadelphians are looking forward to the fall of 2014 when the Philadelphia Bike Share system is set to debut across the city. Around 200 bike stations holding a total of 1,000-2,000 bikes will be available for service in various sections of the city ranging from the Delaware River to West Philadelphia, from the Navy Yard to North Philadelphia.
The City of Philadelphia revealed a map of the proposed deployment area for the bikes and their stations. The core system, Zone 1, lays in within the central region of Philadelphia, which is colored in purple. Zone 2, colored in yellow, marks the neighborhood scale system – areas where the bike stations can be installed. The red dotted line is the city limit cutoff.
With the proposed area mapped out, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Bicycle Coalition are now looking for willing property and businesses owners to volunteer their space for housing the bike stations. Here is how it will work:
Businesses and property owners who recognize the advantages of being linked directly to this new system at their locations are urged to respond to this request to assure their position in the fastest growing form of transportation in the country. The City recognizes that different entities will have varied interests and abilities to participate. We are looking for partners at several levels.
- Station Sponsors - Businesses, property owners and institutions who would like to assure their participation in bike sharing from the outset are invited to become Station Sponsors. Sponsors will be at the top of the list for location siting, given the opportunity to host one or more stations at or near their location, and given the opportunity to underwrite their station(s).
- Station Hosts - Property owners willing to locate bike sharing stations on or near their property will be among the first round of sites considered for the system launch. Bike share stations require a minimum space of approximately 7 feet by 35 feet. (235 sq. ft.)
If you’re a business or property owner who is interested in this opportunity, you can find out more information here. The cutoff for interested responses is due in by October 7, 2013.