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Bike-Share Comes to Philly With the Launch of Indego

On Thursday, Philadelphia's long wait for a bike-share system came to an end with the launch of the 60-station, 600-bike Indego system, which is set to expand in the near future. At the kickoff, volunteers and officials -- including Mayor Michael Nutter -- rode about half of those bikes to their docking stations.

I got to talk to most of the movers and shakers who helped come to fruition. Even more fun, I got to ride with Mayor Nutter's platoon of Indego-ers to a station near City Hall.

The pricing system of Indego is what sets it apart. Instead of a yearly fee with trips capped at 30 or 45 minutes before extra fees kick in, which is the most popular subscription option offered by most other systems, Indego is going with a fee of $15 per month for unlimited one-hour per trips. This allows people to avoid the larger upfront cost of an annual fee, and subscribers who, say, only want to ride during warmer weather can also save some money. Another option is IndegoFlex, which provides a year of access to the system for a base fee of $10, with a per-trip fee of $4 for rides up to one hour long.

Indego is the largest bike-share system in the country that uses BCycle bikes and stations. It's going to be a great addition to Philly, which has the largest bike commute mode share of any American city with more than 1 million people.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Ben_Kintisch

    Awesome little movie Clarence! And impressive turn around. You are the fastest (livable streets) film maker in the biz!

  • eLK

    Nice baskets!

  • James

    Was there any talk of updating the Ben Franklin Parkway and Eakin's Oval to be bikeable? Some Philly contacts and I were kind of amazed at the choice of location for the launch, because on an ordinary day that location is probably one of the least bikeable in the city, in a city that genuinely is relatively bike-friendly in other spots.

    It would be AWESOME if this built momentum to address the dangerous conditions on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Next to the Parkway is, of course, a great bike path, but the biggest challenges are crossing from that path to anywhere east of it in the city, because of the multi-lane traffic on the Parkway.

  • kclo3

    Not since PennPraxis plan released their Parkway plan in 2013, which vaguely specified making pathways through the Oval, which I think is brilliant. The Spring Garden Greenway (one of only two protected lane proposals ever in the city) also attempts to address the east side interface of Spring Garden to Eakins. but local politicians like for bike lane projects to be characterized as "trails" before they can consider funding.