How Can Bike-Share Do a Better Job Reaching the Poor?

Photo via Indego

Photo via Indego

From June 22nd to 24th, professionals who specialize in bikes, transportation and social justice will gather at the Cira Centre for the first-ever Better Bike Sharing Conference. The idea is to get like-minded thinkers together to discuss how to make bike-share more accessible for low-income families.

The conference is hosted by many of the major players in the bike-sharing world: PeopleForBikes, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and the city government.

“The conference will help stakeholders understand how transportation in general and bike-share in particular fits in the context of broader community needs such as access to jobs, better health and reducing violence,” PeopleForBikes wrote in a statement. Read more »

A New How-to Manual for Urbanist Revolutionaries

The evolution of Philly's bike lane network and the launch of the Indego bike-share system owe a debt to Street Fight author and former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Modified photo of Ben Franklin Parkway bike lane | Flickr user karmacamilleon, used under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

The evolution of Philly’s bike lane network and the launch of the Indego bike-share system owe a debt to Street Fight author and former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Cropped photo of Ben Franklin Parkway bike lane | Flickr user karmacamilleeon, Creative Commons license.

There’s a new how-to manual for urbanist revolutionaries looking to dismantle the car-centric infrastructure of most American cities, and it’s written by Janette Sadik-Khan, the controversial former New York City transportation commissioner who her old boss Michael Bloomberg calls “the child that Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs never had.” Read more »

Indego to Embrace Fairmount Park This Year

Photo | Indego Facebook

Photo | Indego Facebook

The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.

Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont. Read more »

Indego to Embrace Fairmount Park This Year

Photo | Indego Facebook

Photo | Indego Facebook

The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.

Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont.
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Philly’s Bike Share Is Shutting Down Tonight

For the first time since it launched, Indego is taking its bike sharing stations offline due to inclement weather. Photo | Indego Facebook

For the first time since it launched, Indego is taking its bike sharing stations offline due to inclement weather. Photo | Indego Facebook

If you absolutely must go somewhere this weekend, it appears that one of your only remaining options will be your own two feet: The Indego bike share network announced that it is taking its stations offline at 6 p.m. Friday in anticipation of Winter Storm Jonas. SEPTA is suspending most services stating at 4 a.m. Saturday.

Although Indego operates all year long, we take necessary precautions to protect our riders and equipment,” the statement read. “Safety is our top priority, and stations will be powered down until the snow has stopped falling and conditions are safe.  Once a station is down, you will no longer be able to remove a bicycle, but you will be able to dock a bike.” Read more »

This Infographic Shows How Wildly Successful Philly’s Indego Bike Share Is

The news about Philly’s bike share system has been almost exclusively good since it launched in April (almost). Indego reached 8,000 rides in its first week, then 65,000 rides in its first five weeks, and then 100,000 rides in its first two months, surpassing bike share systems in cities such as Boston, Denver and Washington, D.C.

Now, there’s even more reason to cheer. Read more »

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.

Cuba Libre [f8b8z]

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 »

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