Last updated: 05:00 PM ET, Wed April 01 2015

Philadelphia to Open City-Wide Bike-Sharing Service

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | April 01, 2015

Philadelphia to Open City-Wide Bike-Sharing Service

Car-sharing services have become one of the biggest parts of the vehicle rental industry in recent years, but the city of Philadelphia is taking the concept to the next level with an extensive bike-sharing program.

According to Fran Hilario of the Philadelphia Business Journal, city officials claim the bike-sharing service—dubbed Indego—will include 600 bicycles found at 70 docking stations around Philadelphia. The stations will be operational 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The Twitter account of Breaking Philly News shared an image of the bikes:

For those looking to rent a bike, users will be able to use a member card, credit card or debit card to make the purchase. The bikes can be rented and returned to any station in the city.

The service will launch in the city at noon on April 23. In celebration, Mayor Michael Nutter announced there will be an event at Eakins Oval with “music, brief remarks and a ceremonial ride.”

Mayor Nutter released a statement to The Associated Press saying, “Great cities provide residents, commuters, and visitors with great transportation and recreation options.”

As far as local support, Independence Blue Cross is the primary sponsor and shared the excitement of joining the bike-sharing service craze on Twitter:

Other cities have adopted similar bike-sharing programs and this could be a major asset for residents of the city looking to avoid traffic. Not only can it help keep residents healthy by riding the bikes, but the smaller number of vehicles on the road will also reduce emissions.

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