Bike share is coming to four new areas in 2022. Expanded service area to meet growing ridership.
PHILADELPHIA – Indego bike share, Philadelphia’s bike share transportation system, released its 2022 Expansion Plan today. Indego announced that in 2022, the system will grow by more than 30 new stations and 400 electric bikes with a specific focus on expanding service further into West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia, while also introducing stations along Kelly Drive to East Falls. This expansion follows a successful 2021 season that has seen record ridership and the addition of 25 new stations and 300 additional electric-assist bicycles.
“The City’s bike share system, Indego, continues to provide Philadelphians new, safe, and sustainable mobility options for all. Indego played an especially significant role in 2020 and will continue to do so going forward because of increased demand for biking due to the pandemic,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I’m proud of the work of the City, Bicycle Transit Systems staff, Independence Blue Cross, partners, and community leaders to ensure that as the system expands into new neighborhoods it remains accessible and affordable for low-income riders.”
Last year, the City of Philadelphia announced that Bicycle Transit Systems had been awarded a ten-year concessionaire contract to continue to operate and expand the Indego system. Bike Transit has been responsible for building and operating the Indego bike share program since Indego launched in 2015. Since launch, Indego has expanded from 60 stations and 600 bicycles to more than 165 stations and over 1,500 bicycles, including the introduction of electric bikes in 2019. Since the system’s launch, nearly five million rides have been taken on Indego.
“Bike Transit is proudly a Philadelphia-based and woman-owned business. Today we are investing in the system that put our company on the map by leading the charge on an aggressive expansion plan that puts our equity goals and values into practice. Indego has continued to experience tremendous success with record ridership in 2021, and we’re eagerly looking forward to continued success in 2022 and beyond,” said Kristin Gavin-Wisniewski, Indego General Manager, and newly named CEO of Bike Transit.
These efforts are part of a larger, five-year expansion plan (2021-2026) in which the size of the system will double in size, allowing Indego to reach more communities within South, West, North, and Northwest Philadelphia. Program managers project that by the end of 2026, Indego will have a system of 3,500 bikes, and 350 stations in a network that reaches from Germantown to the Navy Yard, and from Cobbs Creek to the Delaware River. Future system expansions will bring bike share to more neighborhoods and will provide more stations and bicycles within the current service area.
Community engagement has always been a cornerstone of the Indego program. This year, Indego received over 1,000 station suggestions and attended dozens of meetings with community members and stakeholders during the planning of the 2021 expansion. “City staff and Bicycle Transit Systems hit the ground running in 2021. We’ve added 25 new bike stations this year and have done so with community members all the way,” said Deputy Managing Director for Transportation Mike Carroll. “I think that the results from this year really show what Indego can do over the next five years.”
For 2022, new stations will start arriving in early spring. Indego is seeking recommendations, people can submit a station suggestion on Indego’s website today!
This work was made possible because of the long-term financial investment and shared vision of health equity by title sponsor Independence Blue Cross. “At Independence, our commitment to health equity extends to our support of community efforts – like Indego – that make our region healthy and livable for everyone,” said Gregory E. Deavens, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross. “The expanded Indego bike share system will provide even more diverse neighborhoods with access to this healthy and inclusive transportation option.”
For more details about next year and future system expansion, be sure to visit Indego’s latest blog.
- 2021 Indego Mid-Year Expansion Update Blog
- 2021 Indego Expansion Announcement Blog
- 2018 Indego Business Plan
- Indego’s continued commitments to communities of color
- Indego suggest-a-station page
Indego is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia and sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. Now in its 6th year, Indego has more than 165 stations and 1,500 bicycles across much of Philadelphia and has served nearly five million rides since its launch. Indego is operated by Bicycle Transit Systems and, under a new 10-year exclusive agreement, is expected to bring more than $19 million in investment in equipment, engagement, education, and operating expertise to Philadelphia through 2030. Indego is committed to racial and economic equity and is part of the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), which seeks to develop bike share equitably and sustainably across the country.