Indego, and the Better Bike Share Partnership team are dedicated to building relationships and learning from the communities it serves. As part of these efforts, it is essential we not only stand with but help amplify the voices of the individuals who are at the frontlines of advocacy to dismantle anti-black sentiment and the barriers created by institutional racism. Voices such as DeWayne Drummond, President of the Mantua Civic Association, and a previous Indego Community Ambassador, are hard at work to address these issues.(more…)
A joint statement by the City of Philadelphia and Bicycle Transit Systems
We at Indego stand with Black Lives Matter and the movement to disassemble the foundations of institutional racism. Black people have endured lifetimes of violence, profiling, trauma, and pain inflicted by this racism and injustice. It is unacceptable, and Indego unequivocally stands in solidarity with our black community members.
Indego sees you. Indego hears you. Indego honors your humanity.
Over the past 5 years, we have worked with communities, bike-by-bike, station-by-station to dismantle the foundations of racism and systemic injustice through equitable access to bike share, by building diverse leadership teams, and by ensuring our program is operated to support those with the greatest need. Our team has upheld this commitment as we have worked to safely maintain the bike share system and guarantee that Indego remains open during COVID-19 and the recent demonstrations.
This is a good start; however, we must constantly examine and intentionally work to further dismantle structures that reinforce anti-black racism. As the City of Philadelphia rebuilds, Indego is doubling down on our commitment that bike share is for all Philadelphians, especially black people. In the coming months and years, we are committed to:
- Reaching more black communities and underserved neighborhoods in future expansions of Indego
- Building relationships with, and creating more opportunities among, black and brown communities for input; ensuring that input is reflected in our work
- Ensuring our visual messaging is representative of the black and brown communities we serve
- Ensuring diverse representation through inclusive hiring and staffing practices among the Indego team
Indego is committed to using our bicycles as vehicles for change and tools to build a future where black people can walk, ride, and inhabit our streets safely.
-The Indego Team
The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect many communities across Philadelphia. In response to this crisis, the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) team recognized there was an opportunity to offer a helping hand. As a partner of BBSP, Indego is awarding 13 community non-profit organizations with mini-grants of $250 to $500 to support operations or programming related to COVID-19 relief efforts. Keep reading to find out more about these organizations and how they are supporting their communities during this time!(more…)
Happy Women’s History Month! For our featured group ride this month, the Better Bike Share Partnership team has designed a ride meant to empower women and gender non-conforming cyclists. Keep reading to learn more about the Femmes + Friends: Women’s Empowerment Ride including how to reserve your spot!(more…)
There are so many amazing things going on around the city to help you celebrate Black History Month! We know you don’t want to miss a beat, so here is the Indego guide to navigating the second half of Black History Month!(more…)
Happy Black History Month! The month of February is recognized as a time where we can come together to celebrate not only the achievements of black people in history but those of people in our communities who are an inspiration to all.
In honor of Black History Month, the Bicycle Coalition, Indego, and the Better Bike Share Partnership are hosting a free group ride called Black Excellence: Past and Present. Keep reading to learn more about the ride and how you can join!(more…)