June 22, 2018
The Indego bike-share program announced on Friday that it will add at least eight more stations to its system.
That's not particularly newsworthy; since its 2015 arrival, it’s expanded to the point where it will boast of more than 130 stations and 1,300 bicycles by year’s end.
What makes this recent announcement stand out from the pack is one of the locations to which it will expand, that being SEPTA’s AT&T Station down by the stadia and Xfinity Live.
“Indego is a key part of the City’s commitment to expanding safe and accessible transportation options for all Philadelphians,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a press release announcing the expansion that will also bring bike-sharing amentities to FDR Park and the Navy Yard. “Indego will soon be available in even more parts of the City for even more Philadelphians to enjoy.”
In regards to the Navy Yard – long a location of discussion insofar as potentially expanding the Broad Street Line – this will offer the 13,500 employees who call it work-home another option to get to, and around, the area.
That’s part of the reason why Prema Katari Gupta, PIDC’s senior vice president, Navy Yard management, planning and operations, said they’re “thrilled” that three stations will be added there.
Unrelated to that is the image I had in regards to the impact on tailgating before games involving the Philadelphia Eagles, who won Super Bowl 52 back in early February. As in, access to bicycles could make bouncing from pregame party to pregame party a breeze.
And when traffic’s backed up after the game? Well, a bicycle is a smoother way to avoid delays, no?
Knowing what we know about Eagles-related tailgates, though, the prospect of alcohol consumption is part and parcel of said events. So, here’s some fair warning, potentially intoxicated pedaling people:
“Anything you can’t do in a car you can’t do on a bike,” said Officer Troy Brown, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesman.