For Indego‘s first birthday, the bike share system for Philadelphia announced an expansion of 24 stations that would add an additional 300 bikes to the service. So how many new stations will be coming to South Philly?
Not all that many. This addition of stations only adds five more bike share locations to the general area (including the two on South Street). One major gap noticeably left off of the map in this new round of additions is still the East Passyunk area.
The South Philly locations:
- 10th and Federal
- 11th and South, Magic Gardens
- 15th and South
- 4th and Washington
- Moyamensing and Tasker
When the bike share first unveiled the official locations for the first phase of the service in March of 2015, a location originally planned for the Acme on Passyunk Avenue disappeared. We talked with Andrew Stober, Chief of Staff of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, and he told us at that time that Acme on a local and regional level was in favor of the bike share location for their parking lot, but the company’s corporate lawyers in Idaho did not have the same feelings. The other potential location in this area was originally the East Passyunk Avenue gateway, but plans also changed for that public space. The closest station to the area will now be the new 10th and Federal station.
Another new change to Indego is slashing the price of ACCESS cards to $5. This improvement in price, along with new stations in some under-serviced communities, makes Indego, “the first bike share system established with an explicit focus on racial and socioeconomic equity,” according to PlanPhilly.
Does anyone have ideas for where a bike share station could be placed in East Passyunk?