Here Are the 3 Best Philly Bike Share Apps

Photo via Indego

Photo via Indego

Philadelphia is in love with its new bike share program. There have been more than 100,000 rides here since Indego launched in April, and we reached that milestone faster than Washington, D.C., Boston and Denver did.

But compared to other cities, Philadelphia doesn’t have that many bike share apps available just yet. That’s sure to change in the coming months as the program becomes older and national bike share apps add Philly into the mix.

In the meantime, these are the best apps to find out which Indego stations are closest to you and whether they have any bikes or open docks available. Read more »

Bike Share Is Billed as a Car Alternative, But Is It Really?

Photo via Indego

Photo via Indego

One of the biggest arguments for Philadelphia’s bike sharing program is that it reduces car use, which in turn limits the city’s addiction to fossil fuels and maybe even helps stave off the apocalypse by a couple days.

But is that true?

A recent study shows that, yes, launching a bike sharing program can help a city cut back on its reliance on cars — but not by as much as you might think. Read more »

Real-Time Digital TransitScreens Coming to Center City Office Buildings

Commerce Square | Via: TransitScreen

Commerce Square | Via: TransitScreen

Commerce Square debuted a new outdoor digital screen that will actually be helpful to the throngs of office workers, commuters and visitors in Center City. Brandywine Realty Trust announced a partnership today with TransitScreen to introduce a digital hub that provides real-time updates on various forms of transportation, including SEPTA and New Jersey Transit schedules, Uber distance times, nearby car share locations and even Indego Bike Share docking info.

Essentially, the one-stop-shop allows you to choose the most convenient form of transportation for whatever trip you’re about to take. CityLab explains that the “goal is to focus on getting city residents to consider all their travel options before they ever leave” and proclaimed that the tech belongs “in every lobby.”

Here’s what that info might look like on the giant LED screen or on a TV in the lobby of the building: Read more »

5 Best Moments from Philly’s New Bike Share Launch

Photo by Holly Otterbein

Photo | Holly Otterbein

Philadelphia’s new bike share program, Indego, finally launched today at a giant party at Eakins Oval. Mayor Michael Nutter says the kickoff was seven years in the making. Seven years. That’s nearly the entire time he’s been in office!

At the event, there was a giddy, impatient energy in the crowd, perhaps from waiting for all those years. There was dancing. There were cheerleaders waving pom-poms alongside dudes sporting bike caps and waxed mustaches. There was a DJ playing MJ. Oh, and there was a scary, unidentifiable aircraft. Here’s what else you missed: Read more »

Can Philly Have Nice Things? Indego May Be the Ultimate Test

Source: Indego on Facebook.

Source: Indego on Facebook.

I met my dad in Chicago last fall for a weekend of great meals, baseball-watching and long walk-and-talks. It was during one of the latter events — a lengthy trek along the Lakefront Trail — that I noticed we were repeatedly being passed by people on identical bikes: pale blue cruisers with baskets on the front. I quickly realized that I’d happened upon Divvy, the Windy City’s version of bike share, and that Divvy was kind of a big deal there.

It got me excited for the arrival of Philadelphia’s bike sharethe “Indego” service finally starts this week — but it also kind of got me antsy: “I hope Philly doesn’t screw this up.”  Read more »

Here Are All the Indego Bike Share Stations in Philadelphia

Photo via Indego/Facebook

Photo via Indego/Facebook

If you signed up for Indego Bike Share Philly, which officially launches on April 23rd, you should be receiving your Indego key and welcome packet in the mail any day now. (I got mine on Saturday.) And if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s where to do so.

But before you sign up, it’s helpful to know where the bikes are going to be and how many bikes are going to be docked at each location. So here is your neighborhood-by-neighborhood list of Indego Bike Share Philly station locations. If you live in neighborhoods like Overbrook, Kensington, West Philly (beyond Clark Park) or deep South Philadelphia (there’s not a single bike south of Morris Street), you’re out of luck.

Click on each neighborhood to see Indego Bike Share Philly stations nearby, or just scroll down to see the entire list.  Read more »

Be Among the First to Ride a Philly Bike Share Bike Next Week

Photo via Indego/Facebook

Photo via Indego/Facebook

At long last, Philly’s much anticipated bike share program, Indego, is set to launch next week on April 23rd. To kick it off in style, Indego is hosting a launch party at Eakins Oval on Thursday.

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and snacks, there will be a Critical Mass-like “ride-off,” during which time groups of volunteers will ride fleets of bikes to Indego docking stations around town. Guess what? You can be one of those volunteers.  Read more »

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