A bike sharing program is continuing to move forward in Philadelphia and the city is looking for a company with deep pockets to buy naming rights.
Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler says grants from both the public and private sector should cover the $10 million to $15 million cost of rolling out a bike share program.
"Eventually there will be somewhere between 150 and 200 bike share stations they will hold about 10 bikes a piece," said Cutler. "When the program is fully operational in 2015 there will be somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 bikes."
The city is seeking a corporate sponsor to buy naming rights for the program, as Citibank did in New York.
Cutler says the bike share will not be citywide though it will cover a great deal of the city.
"From the Delaware River into West Philadelphia, from the Navy Yard through Center City and up to Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia so it will be pretty extensive," she said.
The city has set up a website at phila.gov/bikeshare seeking private property owners willing to host bike share stations.
someone didn’t think this through.
Laughed for like 3 days.
You can see the exact moment where it realizes its mistake.
(Source: catleecious, via yanguang)
Philadelphia drivers have won a dubious distinction.
The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report says Philadelphia is the worst city with at least one million in population when it comes to accidents.
Allstate’s Julia Reusch says her company is not using the report as a way to charge Philly drivers more for insurance.
"What we are doing with this study is just looking at crash data and then there are many factors that go into deciding insurance rates," she said.
Reusch says the study also seeks to find ways to cut down accidents.
"It sounds so simple, but unfortunately it’s not anymore," she said. "When you are driving, just pay attention to driving. People are talking with their kids, they are turned around, they are fiddling with their radio. We want people to focus on their driving when they are driving."
Philadelphia isn’t the worst city overall. Washington DC, which only has about 600,000 residents, has that “honor.”
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