Indego

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Indego
Indego Logo.jpg
Overview
OwnerCity of Philadelphia
LocalePhiladelphia, PA
Transit typeBicycle sharing system
Number of stations130[1]
Websitewww.rideindego.com
Operation
Began operationApril 23, 2015
Operator(s)Bicycle Transit Systems
Number of vehicles1400[2]

Indego is a public bicycle sharing system that serves parts of Philadelphia. Operations started on April 23, 2015, with 125 stations and 1000 bikes. The system is operated by Bicycle Transit Systems, a Philadelphia-based company, with bikes provided by B-cycle and stations as well as bicycles owned by the City of Philadelphia.

History[edit]

In June 2008, Philadelphia City Council voted a resolution “requesting the Administration and the Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities to commission a study to provide recommendations on location, demand, and usage for Public Use Bicycle stations for the entire area encompassed by the city limits of Philadelphia and to explore the various business models used for such systems”'.[3]

On February 25, 2010, the feasibility study voted by the city council was released. The study suggested “a first phase deployment of 1,750 bikes” in the central districts of the city.[4]

In December 2012, the City Council voted a $3 millions contribution to start the program, on the request of Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter.[5]

A strategic business plan was released by the city of Philadelphia in August 2013, prepared by Toole Design Group, LLC and Foursquare ITP.[6][7]

After a request for proposal issued in October 2013, Philadelphia announced on April 24, 2014 that Bicycle Transit System has been selected to plan and operate the system, while B-cycle will provide the bikes, the stations and the technology platform. Launch is planned for Spring 2015, with 60 stations and 600 bikes.[8]

In Fall 2014, the city of Philadelphia surveyed residents for best station locations, receiving 10,500 public comments.[9]

On February 11, 2015 the city announced the system would be launched on April 23, with Independence Blue Cross being the main sponsor.[10]

In April 2016, Indego announced 24 new stations and added 300 bicycles to the fleet.[11] Indego also implemented a reduced payment plan for low income residents.[12]

In November 2018, Indego deposited 10 e-bikes at various stations around the city. In May 2019, the company evaluated test run as successful and announced plans to add 400 more electric bikes along with 12 new stations.[13]

Pricing[edit]

Indego offers three plans:

  • Indego30, a 30-days membership for $17. It allows unlimited trips up to one hour (the user is charged $4 per hour after the first hour of each rental). This plan can be paid with credit card online or at an Indego kiosk, or with cash at participating 7-Eleven, CVS and Family Dollar shops.[14] A discounted membership for low income residents with ACCESS cards is available for $5 per month.
  • Indego365, an annual membership for $156, the equivalent of $13/month.
  • IndegoFlex, a daily membership for $10, each trip costs $4 per hour.
  • WalkUp, no membership fee, each trip is charged $4 per half-hour. This plan can be purchased at any Indego station.
  • Indego Corporate Pass Program, employers contribute $12, $9, or $6 towards a discounted Indego30 pass for their employees.[15]
  • As of spring 2018, Indego pass holders can visit the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for free with their Indego Key Fob. Pass holders who bring a guest, your guest receives a discounted admission.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murphy, Darryl C. (May 2, 2019). "Want to power up your pedaling? Philly adding 400 electric bikes to Indego fleet". WHYY-TV. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Stamm, Dan (May 2, 2019). "Need a Boost? Philly Adding Hundreds of Electric Bikes to Indego Fleet". WCAU. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Legislative File ID 080581" (PDF). bikesharephiladelphia.org. June 12, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Bikeshare Concept Study" (PDF). bikesharephiladelphia.org. 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, Paul (December 8, 2012). "Nutter to seek Council appropriation for Philadelphia bike-share program". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Philadelphia Bike Share Strategic Business Plan
  7. ^ Property owners invited to vie for bike share stations
  8. ^ "MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES TEAM TO DELIVER CITY'S NEW BIKE SHARE SYSTEM". City of Philadelphia's News & Alerts. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  9. ^ City of Philadelphia. "City of Philadelphia: Bike Share". phila.gov. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Phila. will launch bike-sharing system in spring". philly-archives. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Indego gets 24 new stations, 300 new bikes and more for first birthday". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  12. ^ "After Indego slashes prices, will Philly's bike share finally reach the underserved?". Billy Penn. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  13. ^ Merriman, Anna (May 6, 2019). "City to add 400 more electric Indego bikes". Curbed Philadelphia. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Cash Membership - Ride Indego - Philadelphia Bike Share". Indego. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Indego Corporate Pass Program".

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