Philadelphia bike share program aiming for low-income access, is set to debut this spring

Associated Press

Philadelphia is gearing up to roll out a bike share program this spring that makes biking convenient for the masses.

Most bike share programs around the country require a credit card deposit.

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But Philadelphia will offer memberships for just a few dollars a week and no credit cards are needed. And short trips of up to an hour are free for members.

Katie Monroe of the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition is doing outreach on the program in low-income neighborhoods. She says the bikes will be both exercise and cheap transportation.

The city hasn't announced the start date or the name of the lead sponsor but expects to have 600 bikes at 60 depots around the city the first year.

The program would expand to outlying neighborhoods in the following few years.