In Center City, transportation space is at a premium. There isn't enough car parking. There isn't enough bike parking. The streets and the sidewalks are narrow. To maximize the number of people who can get in and out of Center City, we need to get creative.
Here is an example of an unimaginative use of a parking space at the corner of Walnut & Sydenham St.
Stop by today and check out our two bike corrals (we've got tents up at both places, handing out literature and talking about bikes and bike parking). One at the above parking spot next to the Chipotle at Walnut & Sydenham St (Walnut between 15th and 16th). The other is atop subway grates on the East side of the 200 block of S. Broad Street.
These corrals securely hold 12-14 bikes each, increasing Center City's bike parking capacity at the cost of one car parking spot. For any local business with employees who commute by bike, or customers who arrive via bicycle, this is good for business. It also prevents creative but destructive bike parking solutions like the one below:
These installations are part of Park(ing) Day, but they will remain up until early November. Like them and want to see Philly adopt more progressive transportation solutions? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let the City know! The more encouragement the Mayor's Office gets from bicycle-friendly residents and businesses, the more bicycling infrastructure we will see. (It's kind of like clapping to bring Tinker Bell back to life...but for belief in progressive transportation infrastructure. C'mon, everybody, clap!)
These racks are generously loaned to us for free from Dero Bike Racks and Saris Parking Systems, a division of Saris Cycling Group. We are looking for funds (several thousand dollars) to buy them and make them permanent. Contact email@example.com if you can help keep them around post-November.