PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The brand new yr will carry a significant growth of Philadelphia’s common bike share program, Indego.
Proper now yow will discover these brilliant blue Indego bikes throughout Heart Metropolis and within the bordering neighborhoods. However in 2021, they will start exhibiting up within the far reaches of South and West Philadelphia.
“In whole, what we’ll see is true round 30 new stations and 300-350 new bikes with the deal with the electrical bicycles,” mentioned Aaron Ritz, transportation packages supervisor of Philadelphia’s Workplace of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability.
“We now have seen simply actually nice outcomes with the e-bikes. They have been far and away extra common and extra well-ridden than the traditional bikes. That is what we’re listening to from the riders, that they need extra of these.”
Over the following 5 years, he mentioned, Indego will greater than double the scale of the system to 350 stations and three,500 bikes.
“The broad-term objective is to make bicycling one thing that’s an possibility for folks. We now have a phrase, in case you’re eight years outdated to 80 years, we wish you to really feel comfy driving a bicycle in Philadelphia,” he mentioned.
As a part of the branching out course of, Ritz mentioned the town will recruit what they’re calling Indego Growth liaisons.
“This might be as much as seven people to accomplice with organizations in areas the place we’re searching for to broaden,” he shared.
Bicycle Transit Techniques, the Philadelphia-based firm that operates Indigo, will lead the growth effort beneath a 10-year concessionaire contract it signed with the town again in June.