This spring Philly welcomed many more bicycles onto the road, and it just so happened that every one of them was blue. Indego is Philly’s newest people-powered public transit, a bike sharing program of more than 600 bicycles housed in 60 docking stations all over the city.
The basic idea is that to ride an Indego bike you pay a monthly fee of either $10 (plus $4 per hour), or $15 and the first hour of each trip is free (plus $4 for each additional hour).
What You Get
The blue three-speed bicycles, which feature built-in baskets, lights, and easily adjustable seats, are a game changer. Now, instead of paying the full fare to take the bus or subway for a ten minute ride, you can simply hop on a bike.
How it Works
One of the best perks of this program is that you can return the bikes to a different docking station from where you picked them up. Bike to the farmer’s market, bike to meet a friend, bike to the theatre, or bike to work.
As long as you can return it to a docking station near your destination, there’s no reason that Indego couldn’t be your main set of wheels. Plus, Philly’s ever growing network of bike lanes means that it’s easy to get around town without feeling as though you need to tangle (as much) with the car traffic.
What Does it Cost?
There are a few different membership options, but the basic idea is that to ride an Indego bike you pay a monthly fee of either $10 (plus $4 per hour), or $15 and the first hour of each trip is free (plus $4 for each additional hour).
Keep in mind that though the bikes are well equipped you should plan to bring your own helmet (show your Indego key at these local bike shops for a 10% discount on your helmet!), and check your bike for damage. If you’re planning on taking your bike to run an errand, BYO-bungee cords for securing bags to the built-in rear rack, and a sturdy lock to secure it while you’re shopping.