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April 21, 2016

Indego reveals ACCESS Pass for lower-income riders, 24 new stations

Philly bike share program provides $5 monthly discounted pass to residents receiving food stamps

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A man rides an Indego bike in Rittenhouse Square.

One year after Philly's bike share program Indego debuted with 60 stations and 600 bikes citywide, the city-run organization announced Thursday that it will soon open another 24 locations and provide a discounted monthly pass for residents who hold a Pennsylvania ACCESS card.

At an event Thursday morning at Race Street Pier, Indego revealed the 24 new locations included in an expansion funded through a $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. A complete station map can be viewed here

• 33rd and Dauphin

• 33rd and Diamond

• 33rd and Reservoir

• 31st and Girard

• 34th and Mantua

• 42nd and Lancaster

• 46th Street Station, MFL

• 29th and Dauphin

• 29th and Diamond

• 27th and Master, Athletic Recreation Center

• 26th and Poplar

• 26th and Pennsylvania

• 22nd and Cecil B. Moore

• 24th and Cecil B. Moore

• Berks Station, MFL

• Penn Treaty Park

• 15th and Market

• 19th and Girard

• 10th and Federal

• 11th and South

• 11th and Washington

• 4th and Washington

• Moyamensing and Tasker

• Race Street Pier

In addition to the new locations, Indego revealed a new $5 monthly ACCESS Pass for lower-income residents who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. The pass offers these riders 30 days of unlimited one-hour trips, with an additional dollar added for trips over an hour.

The ACCESS Pass program comes after an analysis earlier this year found that Indego's five least-used stations were located in areas where the median income was below $25,000. That early pattern reflects a wider struggle among bike share programs to gain traction in lower-income communities, though Indego's extensive partnerships – from the Mural Arts Program to sponsorship promotions – suggest it is poised to become a model for other cities.

The greatest advantage is that the ACCESS payment option slashes Indego's monthly cost by 66 percent for eligible riders and is nearly half the cost of a SEPTA transpass.

The expansion comes as Philadelphia prepares to install a slew of new protected bike lanes and supports the trend of another recent analysis that ranked the city seventh in the U.S. for biking and walking to work.