J and I trekked downtown yesterday to get our marriage license (eeek!) Upon leaving City Hall, we were intrigued by a tented demonstration occurring across the street at Love Park. Like moths to the flame, we were lured across the street by the prospect of free food and giveaways. But alas, it was only Bike Share Philadelphia holding a demonstration of their bike share program.
J remained excited; I was a little less enthused as I had psyched myself up for freebies. Once I stopped silently cursing the empty-handed demonstrators long enough to listen, I learned that the program is actually pretty cool. From the Bike Share's "About" page:
Bike Share Philadelphia
Bike Share Philadelphia is a network of organizations and individuals working to bring Public Use Bicycles, bike sharing, to Philadelphia. Bike share programs provide bicycles to the public for free or at little cost in order to encourage bicycling as another viable form of public transportation, to reduce traffic congestion and to enhance the livability of cities.
With our public transportation system being one of the most expensive in the country, I think it's about time we break free from the shackles of SEPTA. But, in order for the program to be instated, the Bike Share needs funding from the city. If you want Philadelphia to implement a Bike Share and join the likes of Paris, London, Denver, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., sign the petition!
While you're at it, you might as well display this free poster around your neighborhood and workplace.