June 06, 2017
When the program was rolled out in 2015, Indego got attention for its attempts at making bike sharing a more equitable hobby across the city. Users don't need a smartphone or even a credit card to rent a bike, and Indego kiosks were mindfully placed in neighborhoods beyond the confines of Center City. Waiting until 2015 to unveil a bike-share program – when cities like Boston, New York and Washington D.C. had them for years – also gave Philly the chance to learn from other cities’ past mistakes.
To commemorate two years as a bike-share city, Indego announced 14 new locations where Indego racks will be installed this month. Check out the list below:
• Grays Ferry & Pemberton
• 40th & Woodland, Trolley Portal
• 38th & Spruce
• 38th & Market
• 30th Street Station East
• 20th & Market
• 12th & Callowhill
• Thompson & Palmer, Adaire School
• Frankford & Master, Lutheran Settlement House
• Eighth & Mifflin, Bok Building
• 15th & Castle, DiSilvestro Playground
• Passyunk & Broad
• 27th & Schuylkill, CHOP
• 25th & Locust
Indego also released a report to commemorate its two-year mark, highlighting its various efforts to be accessible to a range of ethnicities and income levels. Though the majority of Indego users are still white – 67 percent in 2015 and 55 percent in 2016 – riders across different races have increased, including the percent of black Indego riders jumping from 8 percent in 2015 to 19 percent in 2016.
The report also noted that 10 percent of all trips since April 2016 – 1,090 – were used by riders with a PA Access card, making them eligible for a discounted monthly Indego pass.
Throughout the summer, Indego also hosts classes for new bike riders, including courses covering street safety and adult riding lessons.