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Phase 1 of city bike share plan now includes part of South Philly. Get them to extend it more.

Since talk of a city bike share plan began nearly two years ago, we’ve been all for it. Then we found out the first phase of the roll-out would only go as far as South Street.

What a bunch of crap, we thought. Well, now the city has revised the Zone 1 plan to include parts of South Philly, down to Wharton Street or so, according to this new map released last week.

bike share map

Even better, maybe we can convince the city to add a spur as far south as the Passyunk corridor.

You can suggest a location for the bike docking locations here, and as you can see there is already a large concentration of requests down here.

Installation in Zone 1 is scheduled to be finished by late summer 2014, the city says.┬áZone 2 is supposed to be close behind, sometime in 2015. But as in proposed developments, later phases of anything tend to get delayed or canceled altogether (we’re looking at you, SugarHouse casino). So, the more pressure we can add to include stations further south into the first phase, the better.

The release of the map last week occurred as part of the announcement that the city had finalized the bike-share program’s business plan, of which you can find all 78 pages in a pdf here.


2 Responses to Phase 1 of city bike share plan now includes part of South Philly. Get them to extend it more.

  1. phillygurl August 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Wow. That includes so very little of South Philly compared
    to parts north and west. Kinda hurts.

    • David G August 29, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      @phillygurl: West & North Philly’s greater coverage in the first phase is 100% a cause of the universities, who will be underwriters of stations and provide a very natural user base. I agree that leaving South Philly off is a mistake, but it is what it is.

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