|Mayor Michael Nutter explains the concept of bike sharing to a new bride and groom getting their photo taken at LOVE Park.|
Last week, Bike Share Philadelphia showcased a bike share station at three locations in Philadelphia (Penn Bookstore, LOVE Park and Penn's Landing) to show what bike sharing could look like in Philly. Several Bicycle Ambassadors joined Russell Meddin of Bike Share Philadelphia and spoke to close to 1000 individuals who stopped by to check out the bikes. The demonstration was co-sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Transportation, University of Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The station and bicycles were supplied by BCycle, which is running Denver's bike share program.
A recent independent study found that a bike share program in Philadelphia is feasible, but funding issues have stymied further implementation. Bike Share Philadelphia hopes that the demonstration project will help inspire the City "to announce it is time to start a program so it can start to finding the necessary funding to start it rolling."