Riding Through This Together

It’s been over five months since the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we go about our everyday lives. During this time, we learned how to live with face masks, how to use Zoom and Skype, and above all: how to stay safe. Here is an overview of how Indego has kept the system running, worked to keep riders informed, and found ways to engage with our community during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Introducing the 2020 BBSP Community Liaisons

Lor Song, Community Liaison for the Better Bike Share Partnership

Each season, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) brings on Community Liaisons to support the work of the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) in Philadelphia. In this blog, you will learn more about the two new liaisons and how they have been able to amplify BBSP’s reach during this time with our virtual Urban Riding Basics classes!

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“From the Root to the Fruit,” a Celebration of Black Fatherhood

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.

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Indego Unequivocally Stands In Solidarity Against Racism

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

BBSP Offers 13 Philadelphia Organizations Mini-Grant Funding During COVID-19

The Centennial Parkside CDC’s food distribution 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!

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