Philly Welcomes New Bike Share Program “Indego”

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Transportation in Philadelphia is making way for a big addition.

“Philadelphians bike to work more than any other city with more than 1 million. That’s because it is such a great place to ride a bike,” Andrew Stober said, Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

Indego, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, is Philly’s newest bike share project.  It has 70 locations throughout the city.

“Getting outside getting on a bicycle riding through the neighborhood, parking your car. I think it is good for the environment, but it also promotes living a healthy lifestyle and I think that we already live in a great city but this just adds to why we are a great city,” Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said.

Philadelphia is first U.S. city to offer a bike-share program that doesn’t require a credit card.

“No one stands to benefit more from a new low cost form a transportation than someone with a limited income.  Making sure we had a payment option available without a credit card was really important to making this system work for everybody,” Stober said.

South Philly and Center City are among the top 25 neighborhoods in the nation for commuting by bike. Bike share has different fees, ranging from 30 dollars a month for unlimited 1 hour rides to walking right up without an appointment and paying 4 dollars for every 30 minutes of usage.

Learn more about Indego

By: David Grzybowski/ PHL17

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