Philadelphia’s new bike-sharing service has hit the 100,000-ride mark, achieving the milestone faster than similar services in other big cities.
PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa talked to Brodie Hylton, marketing manager for Bicycle Transit Systems, about the achievement:
In Boston, the Hubway’s six hundred bikes had only been ridden around 75,000 times at the two-month mark. In Washington D.C., Capital Bikeshare only hit 80,000 by this time, despite starting off with 800 bikes. And Denver’s program only reached 100,000 after seven months.
And while bragging rights over Boston, DC and Denver are always welcome, the big numbers matter for more important reasons, says Hylton. Indego is performing well on two key metrics: rides per bike per day (about three) and members per bike (around ten). Both numbers suggest a strong demand for the bikes.
The service has 4,500 members on its monthly plan, and another 1,800 members on its yearly plan. So far, there are 600 bikes available at 60 stations, but more bikes and stations will be added in coming months.