Bicycle Transit Systems, the City of Philadelphia, and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) are excited to announce the renewal of Independence’s title sponsorship of the Indego bike share system through 2030.
“We are proud of Indego’s inclusive approach to station expansion, targeting diverse and historically underserved communities. It is an honor for Independence to renew our title sponsorship of the Indego bike share system,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “We look forward to Indego’s continued success in advancing an equitable, healthy transportation option for residents and visitors in Philadelphia.”
Keep reading to learn more about Indego and Independence Blue Cross and to hear a word from Indego Founder Alison Cohen and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
Independence Blue Cross has been the title sponsor of Indego since its launch in 2015. Since then, Indego and Independence have helped to ensure that residents, commuters, and visitors have access to a healthy, fun, and affordable transportation option. Thanks in part to this sponsorship, Indego has been able to achieve the following:
- Providing 78,000+ Indego pass holders with transportation access 365 days a year, 24-hours a day.
- Over 5 million trips, which have reduced Philadelphia’s carbon emissions by over 19 million metric tons of CO2 and helped riders burn over 1,120 million calories.
- Establishing Philadelphia as a cornerstone of transit equity as the first founding living laboratory of the Better Bike Share Partnership.
- The nation’s first bike share system to offer reduced fare pass options to low-income riders, with over 9,500 Indego ACCESS pass signups.
Over the past seven years, the Indego system has grown from 60 stations and 600 bikes and continues to expand in 2022 to over 180 stations and 1,800+ bikes. Independence’s continued title sponsorship will support the Indego system expansion to over 7,000 docks and 3,500 bikes. For more details about this year’s expansion and future system growth, check out this Indego blog.
“Creating a transportation system that benefits everyone in our city is a priority of our administration and a high-quality bike network is key towards achieving that goal. I thank Independence BlueCross for their continued support and partnership to help us expand bike share access to more Philadelphians,” said Mayor Kenney. “By expanding Indego, we can continue to provide new, safe, and sustainable mobility options for all.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Indego doubled down on its commitment to accessibility and equity, ensuring service was never interrupted so that front-line workers, health care providers, and residents looking to get their vaccinations had a safe, reliable, and affordable transportation option. Read more reflections from the Indego team in Indego’s 2020–2021 annual report.
“As the operator of Indego, Bike Transit has worked closely with Independence Blue Cross for years. It is no surprise, yet still no less of an incredible investment and inspiration, to see them doubling down on their commitment to making Philadelphia a better and more equitable place to live. And with this sponsorship, IBX has demonstrated their values through a great partnership with Bike Transit, which is a local, women-owned business. We are grateful to have them as a long-time sponsor of bike share in Philadelphia.” — Alison Cohen, Bike Transit Founder
As Indego goes into year 8 of operation, be sure that you are following Indego on social media @rideindego as well as Independence Blue Cross @IBX on Twitter and @independencebluecross on Facebook and Instagram. Also, don’t miss out on these Independence Blue Cross sponsored events and opportunities coming up this summer!