Thursday, June 26, 2008

Urban Dispatch: Speaking Of Bike Share, How About A Little Ikea Bike Share?

copenhagen ikea bike share
Straight Out of Copenhagen, Yo

To get the ball rolling.

Seriously. The more corporate and retail partners that Bike Share Philadelphia can get on board, the better off they’ll be. And businesses would be stupid not to get involved.
IKEA of Denmark is now starting a new concept at their Danish stores. They did a bit of market research and found that roughly 20% of their customers rode their bikes to the stores - even though most of them are located outside the cities in large commerical centres - some call them Big Box Districts - which are located outside the city centre.

IKEA has invested in Velorbis bikes, at a couple of their stores, that will pull trailers so that customers can ride home with the new purchases.
The Ikea on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia would be perfect for bike sharing. It's only 2-3 miles from Center City and mostly via roads with dedicated bike lanes. Also, take into account the fact that South Philly is burgeoning with hipsters. AND that this Ikea was the first “urban” Ikea store in America when it opened.

So let's go Ikea — don't be an pratty bitch. It is time to go green. (Yes, even greener.)

Ikea Tests Bike-Share in Denmark. Why Not NYC? [ Streets Blog ]

Ikea bags plastic bags, reps reusable bags… and thereby becomes an official Illadelph crush

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