Recently, Philadelphia joined more than 30 cities nationwide in providing a citywide bike sharing program.
Called Indego, this program – sponsored by Independence Blue Cross – allows riders to access a bike, commute to their destination within the city and then pay for the time used. Memberships are also available for those who'd like to commute more regularly.
It's a wonderful way for those interested in adding a bit of fitness and outdoorsy influence to their daily commute to do so. And anyone looking to take a quick trip uptown, downtown or across town can do so in an affordable and easy way.
Hop on and hit the streets with Philadelphia's bike sharing program Indego — Photo courtesy of Indego
For many years, commuters in Philadelphia have been eyeing up the bike share programs in other cities and wishing they had one of their own. In the spring of 2015, their wishes were granted when Indego was debuted.
This program is available in 70 locations throughout the city, with docking stations that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Riders may access bikes at any station using a credit or debit card or membership key, and then later they can return the bike at any city station.
Bikes are heavy-duty, and they come with baskets to carry items. Each bike also has a bell and front and rear lights for safety.
For riders who desire a membership, it's available in two tiers. Indego30 is a 30-day plan that provides the rider with unlimited one-hour rides for $15. IndegoFlex is available for $10 a year, and it offers rides for $4 per hour. Walk-up riders can grab a ride any time of the day or night at $4 for 30 minutes.
Throughout the year, there are plans to offer twelve "dollar days," when riders can sample the system for $1 per ride.
With such an easy and environmentally-friendly way to get around the city, folks don't need to hesitate when considering heading across town for things — Photo courtesy of Indego
This system will hopefully encourage people to become more physically active, as the system makes it easier to ride hassle-free and cost-effectively, with no need to buy or maintain a bike or find the room to store it.
With so many stations to get and return the bikes, finding convenient points nearby won't be an issue either. In addition, membership riders who are in need of a helmet (which is recommended but not mandatory) are able to obtain a 10% discount at area bicycle shops.
This terrific new program is operated by Bicycle Transit Systems of Philadelphia, and it helps solidify Philadelphia as one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the country, with 205 miles of bike lanes. Riders already have an advantage when it comes to heading out in the city and getting around safe and conveniently.
This incredible new system promises to further this initiative and to provide another great, green way to move about the city quickly and affordably, with a bit of attractive scenery to boot.