PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The new year will bring a major expansion of Philadelphia's popular bike share program, Indego.
Right now you can find those bright blue Indego bikes all over Center City and in the bordering neighborhoods. But in 2021, they'll begin showing up in the far reaches of South and West Philadelphia.
"In total, what we'll see is right around 30 new stations and 300-350 new bikes with the focus on the electric bicycles," said Aaron Ritz, transportation programs manager of Philadelphia's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability.
"We have seen just really great results with the e-bikes. They've been far and away more popular and more well-ridden than the classic bikes. That's what we're hearing from the riders, that they want more of those."
Over the next five years, he said, Indego will more than double the size of the system to 350 stations and 3,500 bikes.
"The broad-term goal is to make bicycling something that is an option for people. We have a phrase, if you're eight years old to 80 years, we want you to feel comfortable riding a bicycle in Philadelphia," he said.
As part of the branching out process, Ritz said the city will recruit what they're calling Indego Expansion liaisons.
"This will be up to seven individuals to partner with organizations in areas where we are seeking to expand," he shared.
Bicycle Transit Systems, the Philadelphia-based company that operates Indigo, will lead the expansion effort under a 10-year concessionaire contract it signed with the city back in June.