PHILADELPHIA— Indego bike share program announced today that it will grow this summer, adding at least eight more stations to the system. Early summer expansion will include station and bike availability at the Navy Yard with connections at AT&T Station and FDR Park. Additional stations will be installed throughout the summer to provide more dock and bike availability in high ridership areas.
As part of this expansion, Indego will grow to over 130 stations and 1,300 bikes by the end of 2018.
“Indego is a key part of the City’s commitment to expanding safe and accessible transportation options for all Philadelphians,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Hitting the two million-ride mark this year is a milestone for the program. Indego will soon be available in even more parts of the City for even more Philadelphians to enjoy.”
Indego’s on-going growth can also be linked to the continued commitment of title sponsor Independence Blue Cross, which recently extended its sponsorship through 2022. “It’s hard to imagine our city without hundreds of people every day riding Indego to work, exercise, run errands, or visit Philadelphia’s incredible attractions,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross. “For us, Indego is a commitment to the community and an expression of Fearless Fit, our campaign to make healthy lifestyles a goal that we pursue together. So, we are proud to extend Independence’s sponsorship of Indego through 2022.”
Indego’s expansion to South Philadelphia will give the Navy Yard’s 13,500 employees another option to get to and from the SEPTA Broad Street Line and travel around the 1,200-acre campus. Navy Yard Indego stations will be located at Crescent Park (Rouse Boulevard & Crescent Drive), Central Green (12th Street & Normandy Place), and 15th Street & Kitty Hawk Avenue.
“We are thrilled to partner with the City and Indego to add three stations at the Navy Yard. Indego at the Navy Yard will complement the existing shuttle bus system, and give employees another fantastic choice to get to work,” said Prema Katari Gupta, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Management, Planning, and Operations. “We are also very excited for visitors and their families to use Indego to explore the very bikeable Navy Yard on weekends.”
This expansion comes on the heels of another successful year of the Indego bike share program, including the milestone of its two millionth ride in April 2018 and Indego’s third anniversary of operation. Program highlights from Indego’s third year (April 2017 to April 2018) include:
- More than 2,000 riders signed up for Indego ACCESS this past year, a discounted membership program designed to make bike share accessible to all Philadelphians
- The Indego station at Point Breeze and Tasker rose to the top as the highest utilized station by Indego ACCESS passholders
- This past year’s most popular ride was between University City and 23rd and South Street
- The program partnered with 6 community organizations as Indego Ambassadors
The City of Philadelphia launched Indego in 2015 as the city’s newest form of public transportation with 60 stations and 600 bikes and expanded in 2017 to over 120 stations and 1,200 bikes today. Indego offers 24/7 access to the city on your schedule. Indego is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia and sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. Indego is part of the Better Bike Share Partnership, which seeks to develop bike share equitably and sustainably across the country. For more information, visit https://www.rideindego.com/ and follow @RideIndego on Twitter. Those new to bike share are encouraged to check out Indego’s classes and rides or checkout the Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills course held by the Office of Adult Education.
THE BETTER BIKE SHARE PARTNERSHIP
The Better Bike Share Partnership is an effort led by the City of Philadelphia that works to ensure that Indego bike share is accessible to all Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit advocacy and education organization working as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership to support bike share and biking education. For more information, visit http://betterbikeshare.org/ and follow @betterbikeshare on Twitter or plan on attending the Moving Forward Together Conference this September 4-7 in Portland, Oregon.
ABOUT THE NAVY YARD
Today, the Navy Yard is considered the most successful redevelopment of a former military facility in the country. A thriving riverfront neighborhood, the Navy Yard currently features more than 7.5 million square feet of buildings housing 13,500 employees working at 150 companies, ranging from corporate headquarters to technology startups, manufacturers, corporate R&D, and a graduate engineering and research satellite for Penn State University. Home to historic structures and new high-performance and LEED-certified development, the Navy Yard offers diverse, flexible building choices with varying heights, vintages, and floorplates, all powered by a nationally-recognized micro grid and oriented around miles of riverfront access and world-class open space. Future growth will support up to 10 million square feet of commercial and residential development. For more information, visit www.navyyard.org and follow @NavyYardPhila on Twitter.
PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. A non-profit founded in 1958 by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC’s mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. As master developer of the Navy Yard, PIDC manages all aspects of the property’s management and development, including master planning, leasing, property management, infrastructure development, utility operation, and structuring development transactions. For more information, visit www.PIDCphila.com and follow @PIDCphila on Twitter.