SEPTEMBER 15, 2011. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. The Mayor's Office of Transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and SEPTA are collaborating to temporarily install two innovative bicycle parking facilities in Center City. The bike parking "corrals" will be installed as part of Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 16th.
The bike corrals are located at the corner of Walnut Street and Sydenham Street and on the 200 Block of South Broad Street. The Sydenham facility, on loan from the Dero Bike Rack Company, takes up a single parking spot and will hold as many as 14 bicycles. The Broad Street facility, located atop SEPTA subway grates, will be a set of "stadium" racks on loan from Saris Cycling Group. That corral can securely park 12 bicycles. The corrals will remain in place for 6-7 weeks.
"We've made great strides in the last four years in adding bike parking capacity in Center City and the bikes keep coming. The lack of bike parking too often results in bikes locked to trees or partially blocking the sidewalk. This temporary installation will allow us to assess the effectiveness of substituting a parking space with bike parking," said Andrew Stober, Chief of Staff, Mayor's of Transportation and Utilities.
"Philadelphia is an environmentally savvy city and we've seen a significant increase in the number of people who rely on SEPTA and bicycles as their main options for daily commuting," said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey. "One of the focuses of our corporate Sustainability Plan is creating new opportunities to combine public transit and bike travel as a way to improve the quality of life in the region, so we are pleased to be part of the bike corral prototype program."
Philadelphia has a shortage of bike parking capacity. Despite an amendment to the zoning code passed in 2009 requiring bike parking for new construction, the city has only 8,800 sidewalk racks available for the over 300,000 residents who use a bike. Bicycling's popularity is outstripping the city's capacity to provide parking for these bikes, resulting in congested bike racks, bikes locked to trees, and missed opportunities for businesses whose employees or customers might otherwise arrive via bicycle.
"Philadelphia needs creative, high quality and secure bike parking facilities, such as these bike corrals, to meet the demand of residents who use their bike for commuting to work or short trips," said Sarah Clark Stuart, Campaign Director for the Bicycle Coalition. "They will also help Center City businesses who want to attract customers who need safe short term parking for their bikes while running errands, shopping or attending appointments and help avoid the use of street trees as racks. We hope these two demonstrations will lead to more permanent installations of bicycle corrals around Philadelphia in areas of high demand for bike parking."
The Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is charged with building a shared vision and coordinating decision-making among City agencies and departments in order to coordinate efforts, save money, and improve conditions throughout the City's transportation system.
About Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadephia
Founded in 1972, the Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit organization that serves the Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia as well as South Jersey and the state of Delaware. The Bicycle Coalition makes bicycling better through advocacy and education by promoting biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation.
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About Park(ing) Day
Park(ing) Day is an annual event organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The day encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to employ street parking spaces for new purposes. Examples range from bike parking, to small parks, to patios, to dog washing stations. The Philadelphia chapter of the AIA maintains a website which includes a map of planned Parking Day installations: http://www.parkingdayphila.org