More than 5,000 Philadelphians submitted 10,535 online, text and paper surveys about potential bike share stations between Sept. 17 and Oct. 20, according to the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.
That’s good. And this week, MOTU and representatives from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Better Bike Share team will be at two Center City locations discussing the coming bike share program, answering your questions and discussing the survey findings.
From 8:15 this morning until 6pm tonight, bike share gurus will be at the Gallery at Jefferson Station in the Atrium, waiting for you to show up and talk to them. On Thursday, during the same time frame, they’ll be at 30th Street Station.
“This is a great opportunity for Philadelphia to directly interact in the process of picking station locations and get more information on their new transit system,” says Jorge Brito, of the Bicycle Coalition’s Better Bike Share team. “They are getting direct access to every aspect of the Philly Bikes Share team because every part of the Philly Bike Share team will be sitting at one table ready to answer your questions.”
The Coalition’s Better Bike Share team has been working with the city on strategic spots for bike share stations, which are expected to be in operation in Spring 2015. Unlike other cities with the program, Philadelphia is bringing its bike share system to oft-underserved neighborhoods. We may be a bit late to the bike share game—but we’re working to make it the best.
“The city’s public outreach process around bike share station locations is beyond what any other American city has done,” says the Coalition’s Katie Monroe, also of the Better Bike Share team. “Come out on your lunch break to learn how the City is using your feedback to determine where to put bike share stations! You’ll also get to take a peek at the demo bike share bike.”