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Better Bike Share Monthly Ride Series

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.

By Brenda Hernandez

This year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Indego teamed up to create a series of monthly community rides.
The Indego Monthly Ride Series help communities practice more on in city biking and connects participants to green spaces; these rides help community members feel more comfortable riding in through the city from their neighborhoods, get to know different parts of Philadelphia parks and recreational services, while learning how to use a healthier source of transportation that is Indego.

This past month, the BBSP team led community participants on a historic tour from Parkside neighborhood into the West Fairmount Park. The team met community members who had sign up for the event through the Indego page on the Monthly Ride Series, at Parkside and Girard Indego station. Before the start of the ride, community participants were given a brief urban basic biking class. The urban riding basics class talked about being safety and gives healthy tips, preparing community participants before the start of the ride so they feel more comfortable riding.

After preparing community members with the urban biking basics, the BBSP team took the group and start the ride leading them to the West Fairmount Park Trail, where participants strolled to the Cherry Blossom field then rode and passed by next to the amazing Japanese House and lead a brief stop to stretch and experience the amazing “whispering walls” at the Avenue of the Republic, the end of the bike ride community participants rode back into the station and where really enthusiastic about the next group ride.

The Bicycle Coalition’s Better Bike Share team would like to thank everyone who has come to each monthly ride. These rides have created connections while increasing healthy living and helped participants increase their knowledge on riding and invite other communities.

Our ride series is on the third Saturday of every month, reserve your spot today for the last one of the season!
Ride Series September 23rd

Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills at APM

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Thanks to the Better Bike Share Partnership, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems has teamed up with the Office of Adult Education to run Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills, a  training course for adult learners that combines building digital skills with learning about Indego and bicycling.

This will be the 6th cohort since Digital Skills began in 2016. Participants will learn digital skills at their own pace while completing assignments related to Indego and bike sharing. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a group ride and learn safe cycling skills. Individuals who complete the program will receive a free six-month pass to Indego.

This is an online class that will have one in-person orientation, and in-person bike ride, and a celebration at the end of the course. All the work for the course will be done online at the participants’ own pace.

Sign up to participate in this free class by calling 1-844-446-3346!

Orientation Date:

Tuesday, August 1, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
APM Community Room, Paseo Verde Apartment
1950 N. 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

This program is a collaboration between Indego, the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, the Better Bike Share Partnership, the Office of Innovation Technology, the Office of Adult Education, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the KEYSPOT network. The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by the JBP Foundation.

Looking Back: Ambassador Spotlight with Marisa Jones

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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.

This year, BBSP is creating a monthly mini-blog series highlighting recent community ambassadors. We will be featuring the work they’ve done as past ambassadors and update you on the amazing work they’re doing now.

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Digital Skills & Bicycle Thrills: Participant Highlight

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.
The Better Bike Share Partnership, The Office of Adult Education, the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia have teamed up to kick-off another year of Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills (DSBT).
The Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills is our program that helps individuals develop computer skills while also learning about bicycle safety and education. Thanks to this program, we have helped and interacted with dozens of amazing people from all around Philadelphia.

Last month we met Jonathan Fikru, a recent graduate of the program. Here’s what he had to say about the program!

“I had a roommate who saw a posting about the program so we did our research because we were so excited about it,” said Fikru. “It sounded exactly like what we needed. The program and the benefits seemed perfect for us.”


Fikru also shared that they didn’t really know that there was such a program like this or what exactly  bike share meant, seeing the Indego stations got his interest.

“I guess I don’t have history on bike riding in the city and thought this would strengthen my skills,” said Fikru, who shared that the program not only helped with his computer skills but also awareness to biking in the city.

“I realized that I didn’t know about the rules of biking until the class. I remember being hesitant because we were new to Philly and didn’t think that it was bike-friendly,” said Fikru. “I enjoyed the group ride because it was fun and there were so many people that I actually felt safe on the ride.”

Jonathan Fikru now works with Back On My Feet as the Member Service Coordinator.
Back on My Feet, is an national organization that combats homelessness through running and provides community support, employment and housing resources such as the DSBT program.


“I believe bike share is a good source of transportation for low-income communities,” he continues. “I think that being in so many spots is very accessible and beneficial because transportation could be a barrier for our members to get places.”

We will continue to create more programs like Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills to help even more communities. Continue to check rideindego.com/classes for upcoming classes!

Meet June’s Passholder of the Month: Jen Yuan

Welcome to Indego’s Passholder of the Month series! This is only awarded to (12) Passholders each year. So, it’s a pretty big deal. The ones who ride often and/or share their Indego adventures to social media get this kind of special treatment.

Once crowned, the winner gets a grand tour of the Indego wheelhouse, hangs out with the team, gets a lot of swag and so much more. Meet our June winner, Jen Yuan.

Name: Jen Yuan

Occupation/Interest: IT Communications Analyst at the University of Pennsylvania

Neighborhood: Center City West

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Street Team Spotlight: Runner Stacey Gray

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The Street Team is an integral part of the Indego staff and community outreach efforts. Members of the Street Team are working and living in many communities throughout the City of Philadelphia. The Street Team is on the ground and in the community attending events and sharing information about Indego and we are so grateful for their contributions.

This spotlight series highlights the members of our Street Team and the work they do inside and outside of Indego. This is an opportunity to meet the helpful and happy faces that you see at events, health fairs and markets throughout the entire City of Philadelphia. They continue to be a strong part of our community outreach efforts and your go-to for information on all things Indego. Keep reading to learn more! 

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