Indego Bike Share is Expanding in Spring 2016

by Cara Ferrentino

The City of Philadelphia is expanding the Indego bike share network in spring 2016 and is developing plans to serve Fairmount Park and nearby neighborhoods, including East Parkside.

What’s Indego? Indego is a network of public bikes that can be rented for short periods of time – your affordable and fun way to get around. Check out a bike at any station, ride to where you want to go, and return the bike to any station. Tired of spending so much money on gas? want to reach your fitness goals while having fun? Bike share is for you!

The City is seeking feedback from residents: do you have suggestions for where Indego should be placed to serve the area? Stations need to 6 feet by 60 feet of clear space (about three car lengths) in a sunny, visible location. To share your ideas, please contact Indego Bike Share Program Co-Manager Cara Ferrentino at cara.ferrentino@phila.gov or 215-686-9001.

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Ms. Cousar and Rev. White of Christ Community Baptist Church check out one of the Indego bikes at a recent event.

Bike share was recently a topic of conversation at the November East Parkside Residents Association meeting, and the City will be presenting about the program at additional East Parkside and area community and civic gatherings this winter to answer questions and gather input from residents.

Whether you’re a mother of three, community organizer, student, or senior, Indego make getting around town easier and more affordable. Cash, debit, or credit? Our cash program allows you to get your monthly pass at participating 7-Eleven and Family Dollar Stores and internet access is available through KEYSPOT locations.

Still not sure if bike share is for you? Read this:

  •  Indego bike share is for everyone

Whether you’re a mother of three, community organizer, student, or a senior, Indego makes getting around town easier and more affordable. Cash, debit, or credit? Our cash program allows you to get your monthly pass at participating 7-Eleven and Family Dollar Stores and internet access is available through KEYSPOT locations.

  • Indego is affordable

$15 a month for an unlimited number of 1 hour trips! That’s less than a week’s worth of tokens. As long as you dock your bike within an hour, your next hour is still free. Grab your friends and family and make it a group event!

  • Indego is perfect if you haven’t ridden a bike in 20 + years

Remember the fun you had riding your bike as a kid? That feeling does not have to be a thing of the past. Our Bikes are built to be sturdy, with built in lights, baskets, and bells. Explore, exercise and connect with your park, family and neighbors!

  • Bikes and cars can get along

Bikes and cars can get along as long as everyone is attentive and follows the rules of the road. Nervous about riding a bike again? Start offnear the parks and on trails.

In the spring, Indego will be offering ‘Adult Learn to Ride’ and ‘Urban Riding Basics’ classes to teach you about bike safety and get you comfortable with riding again.

  • Riding a bike is FUN!

You have to try it to believe it! It’s not only convenient and cuts down the wait time you spend in traffic or waiting for the bus; biking also promotes healthy living and freedom to travel more efficiently, with the wind in your hair, and a smile on your face.

To learn more visit www.rideindego.com

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