June is recognized nationally as Pride Month and is a time to make the LGBTQ+ voices in our community heard, respected, and to recognize the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world. This Pride Month, Indego released a new, specially wrapped bike called the Philly Pride Bike, which made its debut at the Pride Parade in Philadelphia on June 9th.
We sat down with Alison Cohen, CEO of Bicycle Transit Systems, and Amber Hikes, the Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs to discuss the importance of visibility and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community in the bike share industry and in Philadelphia.
At the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we are proud to hold Urban Riding Basics classes throughout the year in order to further our mission of making biking fun and safe for everyone. Our mantra for these classes is “ride nice” and our staff does a great job delivering all the information you need to feel safe while taking on the city streets. The BCGP team is excited to share a recap of our Urban Riding Basics class held last month at The Free Library of South Philadelphia.
Building relationships and ensuring that bike share is accessible and equitable throughout communities in Philadelphia is one of the goals of Indego. The Indego Community Ambassador program connects non-profit organizations, whose work engages underserved communities, with Indego bike share. Using Indego as a tool, the Ambassadors work with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to educate their communities on bike safety, promote healthy choices, and connect with resources in their neighborhoods.
Empowerment is the theme for this year’s Ambassador Season! As the Ambassadors team assembled, we discovered that each group incorporated empowerment as part of their mission statement. Indego is excited to introduce you to the seven organizations that make up this season’s Community Ambassador program!
Through advocacy and education, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphiais leading the movement to make bicycling a safe and fun way to get around for all Philadelphians. Using Indego bicycles, the Bicycle Coalition hosts educational programs, connecting communities to a convenient, healthy, and affordable transportation option. As this season kicks off, here is a break down of each type of ride and class that is offered, including Indego’s new Champions Program.
Learn more about electric bikes, new stations, and pricing updates
Last season, Indego introduced ten pedal-assist electric bikes, called Indego Electric, to the fleet as part of an electric bike pilot. The 10-bike pilot was wildly successful and we have been busy planning for an expansion of Indego Electric.
Ella Best, a community champion and former Indego Ambassador recently passed away. A lifelong resident of South Philadelphia, Ella was a strong advocate for safety and health in her community. As president and founder of the nonprofit “Don’t Shoot… I Want A Future,” Ella worked to encourage youth to stay focused on positivity and growth through education and physical activity as a way to avoid crime and violence.