Indego And Cuba Libre Team Up To Reward Bike Sharers

cubalibrephillyAttention bike riders: Philly’s own bike share program, called Indego, is partnering with Cuba Libre to offer a free tapas dish to anyone who shows an Indego key and spends at least $15 on food.

Here’s how it works: Present a bike rental key during lunch, brunch or dinner and your server will bring you a free pineapple-guacamole Cubano along with your table’s $15 food purchase. Cuba Libre describes the Cubano as a “classic tapas item (that) features avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapeños, fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil, and is served with crispy plantain chips.” This is Indego’s first dining partnership.

You can access Indego’s 600 bikes parked at 60 stations (including one close to Cuba Libre at 2nd & Market, just sayin’) by buying a membership or paying on the spot with a credit card – something we wish car shares would get into.

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So What Happened to the Crazy Bike Share Cyclists on the Expressway?

Screenshot via YouTube

Screenshot via YouTube

Two bike share users in Philadelphia did an incredibly stupid thing this past weekend: They rode on I-676.

An eye-popping video posted to YouTube shows the cyclists pedaling westbound on the far-right side of the highway. According to the timestamp on the dashcam that captured the wild scene, this took place late Saturday night.

A person inside the car can be heard saying, “Oh my god, you’ve got to be kidding me. Why did you not turn around?” Also, the bikers weren’t wearing helmets. Read more »

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 »

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