After years of planning bike share in Philadelphia arrives today. Indego is its sponsored name.
Like Citibike in New York or Capital Bikeshare in Washington, Indego offers one-time or membership pricing, but with an additional cash payment option that should make the bikes somewhat more accessible to more residents than they are in other cities.
At $15/month, Indego is significantly more expensive than Washington’s $75/year or even New York’s recently hiked $150/year. And like Philadelphia itself, I think “Indego” is somewhat cumbersome to say.
But these are relatively minor criticisms, and I think the story here is that Philadelphia is building out its already comprehensive transit network in a smart way that’s informed by the successes of its peers.
When I’m in Philadelphia and need to travel farther than walking distance, it’ll now be a toss up between Uber and Indego.