|The current gold standard in Philly - bike corrals|
So, property owners, business owners, and residents: hark! Here be four current ways you can get, or position yourself to get, bike parking in town.
- Install Your Own. If you're willing to procure U-racks yourself (they cost $250, maybe less, from a variety of companies), you can install them in the sidewalk by obtaining a permit from the city. Information about that here.
- Bike Corrals. Are you a business or property owner interested in an in-street bike corral (like these)? E-mail Aaron Ritz at the Mayor's Office of Transportation & Utilities (aaron.ritz[at]phila.gov) and express your interest. Here is the application which outlines what is involved.
- Bike Sharing. The City is busy identifying locations for the hundreds of bike sharing stations that will be installed next year. Want in? Contact the aforementioned Aaron.
- Special Art Bike Racks. We are part of a program with the City to install special art bike racks around town. The City is interested in property owners that might be interested in sponsoring a rack. Contact Margot Berg (Margot.Berg[at]phila.gov) if you're interested in learning more about that.
UPDATE 8/22/13 11:30 AM: The City of Philadelphia has debuted their bikeshare website: http://www.phila.gov/bikeshare. Go there to suggest a location for a bikeshare station or learn how your business or land can host a station.