Living Car Free - Philadelphia cyclists for bike sharing: please read
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04-18-08, 07:41 AM
If you are interested in promoting a bike sharing program in Philadelphia, now is the time to take action. You may send a letter to City Hall via the link here:
I understand there has been a good deal of local debate about the subject. If you feel, as I do, that more bikes on the streets would be a positive change for our city, let the policy making body in the mayor's office know.
Feel free to pm me with any questions you may have. I'm just another Philadelphia resident who commutes everyday on our city streets and is encouraged with every new bike I see out there with me.
Bike sharing is a great idea. There are plenty of situations where the main barrier to riding a bike is not having one at hand (like when you travel to a different city, or take part of your trip by train/car/whatever). I say the more Philadelphians we see on bikes, the better.
04-18-08, 07:46 PM
How about bike SHORTS sharing?
04-19-08, 12:07 AM
We just started a bike sharing program last semester here on campus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. It is in the paint the bike one color format and we call ours the Yellowbike Project.
So far I have had the opportunity to use them about 5 times which isn't too bad. I wish there were more on campus, but some students really have no respect, plus it has basically no funding. They use old bikes that students leave behind.
Anyways I think these projects are great and will throw in an email for support despite not living in Philly.
04-22-08, 10:38 PM
Something like this will only work if they put in a high enough initial cost to supply enough pod locations to make it convenient. Hopefully, if they do try this, they don't just get 50 bikes and say it didn't work.
Also, I read something about also also having day lots that gave you a bike when you park your car. I think both of these options would be great for the city. I know too many suburb people that have a completely different image of the city then I do.
They drive in, struggle to park, go to the one place they came into the city for, and then get into their car and leave. Their perception of city life is crappy parking and they didn't even get to see all the cool things Philly has to offer.
As many of you know, the scenery looks completely different when you are going slow enough to see the detail. I feel that, while this program would be great for the city residents, it would also show a lot of the suburb just how great city life is by encouraging them to actually wander around.
Yay for bicycles and Philly.
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