Powerful Women Shaping Philly’s Cycling Scene

March is Women’s History Month, which we celebrate by amplifying women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present, and inspire the future. Indego would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to four women who are doing amazing things for cycling in Philadelphia. From leading a national bike share partnership to creating a cycling club that encourages women of color to ride, these women are trailblazers in their communities.

We had the opportunity to sit down with them to discuss their work!

Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin on a mountain bike, smiling as she rides past a young child.
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African American Contributions to Cycling Still Felt Today

The month of February highlights achievements and contributions made by African Americans throughout history. A look back reveals that African Americans have played a significant role in the world of cycling. Their contributions helped shape the development of the bicycle and their riding skills set benchmarks for future cyclists.  

 

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps that biked 1,900 miles in 41 days

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Indego Riders Energized by Pilot Program

In November 2018, Indego steered into the unknown with the launch of an Electric Bike Pilot Program. Ten pedal-assist electric bikes were added to Indego’s existing fleet of 1,500 bikes and, with the press of a button, riders suddenly had the option to give their ride a boost!  

 

Users were excited to test the Indego electric bike at the Municipal Services Building

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Empowering Philadephia’s “Invisible Riders”

The Better Bike Share Partnership is an effort led by the City of Philadelphia that works to ensure that Indego bike share is accessible to all Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit advocacy and education organization working as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership to support bike share and biking education. The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by the JPB Foundation.

“The men who pedal the streets at daybreak with Francisco are invisible in so many ways. Some are here without permission and must hide from the official world. They are not noticed by the cars and buses that roar past, sometimes to tragic effect. They’re not even seen by those of us who claim to love cycling.”  – Dan Koeppel [1] 

To bring awareness and recognition to these so-called “Invisible Riders” in Philadelphia, the Better Bike Share Partnership and the Garces Foundation teamed up in late August and again in November to host two cycling workshops for the Spanish-speaking community. The goal: to engage in conversations about safely riding on the streets and knowing your rights and duties as a cyclist.

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Honoring Our 2018 Community Ambassadors

This blog post was written by Stephanie Ridgeway, the Indego Community Coordinator. 
The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) is an effort led by the City of Philadelphia that works to ensure that Indego bike share is accessible to all Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a non­profit advocacy and education organization working as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership to support bike share and biking education.The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by the JPB Foundation.

Indego Community Ambassadors are vital links between the Indego program and their communities. They work to educate people on bicycle safety and how Indego works. They organize classes and rides and get people excited about biking. For their contribution to the program, each ambassador receives a stipend and six free months of Indego30! 

This was the 4th season of the Indego Community Ambassador program, but it was my first working as the Indego Community Coordinator. I wanted to find ambassadors that were from all over Philadelphia, active in their community and associated with non-profit organizations. This year, we ended up partnering with High Heels High Hopes, Give and Go Athletics, Cancer Who?Urbanstead, and the Strawberry Manson CDC

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