Philly bike share program adds more stations, smartphone app
While celebrating the program’s one year anniversary, Mayor Jim Kenney announced yesterday that major updates are coming to the Indego Bike Share program. They will include its first expansion since the program launched.
New Indego stations will be installed during the last week of April and in early May, with 300 new bikes to be released simultaneously. The 24 new stations will be focused on connecting neighborhoods in Philadelphia’s park and waterfront public spaces.
“Part of the joy of being mayor is that I can say things like, ‘Indego is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia,'” Kenney said in a press release. “It’s a public amenity, and for many people it’s a great way to connect with their communities, their families, jobs, and with health. I’m proud of the work that my staff has done to make Indego a program that creates partnerships with communities and neighborhoods from across the city.”
Kenney also highlighted a $1.5 million contribution made by the William Penn Foundation toward Indego’s expansion.
“This expansion allows neighborhoods to better connect with opportunities and high-quality destinations across the city,” said Janet Haas, board chair of the William Penn Foundation.
The introduction of an Indego smartphone app, which is available on iOS and Android for locating stations and bikes, will also be introduced. The app features an integrated text feature that allows riders to communicate directly with Indego customer service.
“Even before I worked with then-Councilman Kenney and my colleagues to author the bike share legislation, I knew this green initiative would be a success,” said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. “Indego is leading by example and helping build a greener, healthier Philadelphia for all, and for that we are thankful.”