Sweet New Bike Parking Facility Coming to SEPTA’s South Broad Concourse

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is the bearer of excellent news this week, with an item detailing plans for a new bike parking facility inside SEPTA’s South Broad concourse.

The announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo over the weekend by SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner, Becky Collins, who said she and her team are working on a plan to revitalize (or at least, put to better use) the long, lonely concourse under Broad Street south of City Hall. The plan includes a fenced in bike-parking cage that would give cyclists a secure, covered (!) place to park their bikes—something we would welcome with open arms, considering our previous hard-fought endeavor to chart any and all covered or semi-covered bike-parking spaces in Philly.

Here’s how BCGP describes it:

The new bicycle parking space will be enclosed by a cage where cyclists can lock their bike with their own lock. It will be accessible via their SEPTA Key card, coming in 2015, or through a monthly pass cyclists could buy independently of a SEPTA pass. It won’t be unlike bike cages found at MBTA stations in Boston.

The plan also includes creating subterranean retail spaces, one of which would be occupied by a bike mechanic who would offer repairs for a “very small fee,” according to Collins.

No word yet on how many bikes the parking facility would accommodate, or how much it would cost to lock your bike there. But Collins said they are modeling the Philly spaces off of Boston’s Pedal and Park facilities, which include video-camera surveillance, controlled door access for safety and security, and spaces for up to 150 bikes—soooo that sounds pretty sweet. They look cool, too.

Read more over at the Bicycle Coalition’s blog.

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