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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

Marisa in the middle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Indego to Expand in June 2017

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017
Contact: Mike Dunn, 215-900-6237, mike.dunn@phila.gov

Indego Bike Share Turns 2 Years Old, Announces 2017 Expansion at Independence LIVE!
Coming in Year Three: expansion of system with 14 new stations
and enhancements to the passholder experience.

(Philadelphia) – City of Philadelphia Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis announced the second major expansion of the Indego bike share program, including 14 new stations as well as several major program upgrades set to launch this summer.

The announcement came at a birthday party hosted by Indego title sponsor Independence Blue Cross, at the firm’s Independence Live! venue at 1919 Market Street. “Indego bike share is a fantastic example of how the City of Philadelphia is moving forward,” said Managing Director DiBerardinis. “With Indego, we are making sure that Philadelphians from all walks of life have access to high quality, sustainable, and healthy options for getting around, getting to work, and getting some quality time with friends and family.”

DiBerardinis was joined at the event by Deputy Managing Director for Transportation & Infrastructure, Michael Carroll, who presented a look back at the past two years and a glimpse of where new stations will be located. “I’m extremely proud of how the Indego program has grown over the past year, and believe that this next round of stations will help us make bike share even better for even more Philadelphians,” said Carroll. The expansion is also funded by a $800,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority.

As presenting sponsor of Indego, Independence Blue Cross joined the celebration. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Steve Fera noted: “At Independence, we are committed to supporting ‘Fearless Fit’ programs like Indego that inspire people throughout the region to get out and get active. We are proud of the many milestones that Indego has reached over the last two years, and are excited to be part of the continued expansion of the bike share throughout our great city.”

“While Indego is a City of Philadelphia program, we couldn’t have done it without the support of our partners and funders,” said DiBerardinis. “Independence Blue Cross has been a fantastic partner with Indego since our launch in 2015 and has truly set the bar for what it means to be a corporate citizen here in Philadelphia.”

Also announced was an additional grant from the William Penn Foundation. Indego Bike Share has been made possible in part by a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation. The grant will support the programming, planning, and supportive infrastructure to create an engaged, equitable and sustainable bike share program.

Indego Milestones from 2016 include:

  • Reached 1 million rides in November 2016, up to 1.2 million in as of April 2017.
  • Added 30 new stations and 300 additional bikes thanks to the support of the William Penn Foundation
  • Launched a discounted Indego Access Pass for EBT cardholders
  • Supported over 200 community events and festivals
  • Led over 70 safety education classes and 58 group rides in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

2017 Expansion Locations:

Fourteen new stations that will expand the Indego network, and make the system more reliable are scheduled for installation in early June. Exact locations are listed below. Follow the progress on Twitter by viewing @rideindego’s account (you do not need to have a Twitter account to do this).

Grays Ferry & Pemberton
40th & Woodland, Trolley Portal
38th & Spruce
38th & Market
30th Street Station East
20th & Market
12th & Callowhill
Thompson & Palmer, Adaire School
Frankford & Master, Lutheran Settlement House
8th & Mifflin, Bok Building
15th & Castle, DiSilvestro Playground
Passyunk & Broad
27th & Schuylkill, CHOP
25th & Locust

Also new for 2017 are two ways to reduce the cost of an Indego pass: the Indego Corporate Pass and IndeHero feature of the Indego App. With the Indego Corporate Pass, employers can now offer deeply discounted pass to their employees. Visit www.rideindego.com/passes to learn more.

And thanks to the new IndeHero feature of the revamped Indego App, riders can now use their trips to earn additional free days each month. Download the Indego app, log into your account, follow the IndeHero instructions, and earn points towards your free rides as you use Indego. Available on iOS and Android.

2016 Expansion Locations:

10th and Federal Streets
11th and South Streets (Magic Gardens)
15th and Market Streets
15th and South
19th Street and Girard Avenue
22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue
24th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue
26th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
26th and Poplar Streets
27th and Master Streets
29th and Dauphin Streets
29th and Diamond Streets
31st Street and Girard Avenue
33rd and Dauphin Streets
33rd and Diamond Streets
33rd Street and Reservoir Drive
34th Street and Mantua Avenue
42nd Street and Lancaster Avenue
46th and Market Streets
48th & Spruce Streets
4th Street and Washington Avenue
Front and Berks Streets
Moyamensing & Tasker Avenues
Delaware Avenue and Beach Street (Penn Treaty Park)
Columbus Boulevard and Race Street (Race Street Pier)
Philadelphia Zoo
Parkside & Belmont
Parkside & Girard

[Updated 6/7 to include 2016 expansion list]