The US city will roll-out 400 more pedal-assist bikes and new stations, which it hopes will open the door for new cyclists who may not have considered bike-share previously.
The city of Philadelphia has announced it is expanding its electric bike fleet pilot.
Last November, the city’s bike-share programme Indego tested 10 electric pedal-assist bicycles, called Indego Electric, over a four-month trial to understand how they would be used, and how they would stand up to the rigours of daily use.
Indego Electric features a pedal-assist motor that allows users to ride up to 17mph with an electric boost.
Starting in late May, Indego will begin to roll out 400 more pedal-assist electric bikes, along with other programme improvements, including new stations.
“Adding more electric bikes to the fleet will help address several barriers and open the door for new cyclists who may not have considered using Indego before,” said Waffiyyah Murray, programme manager, Better Bike Share Partnership.
Additionally, Indego is adding 12 new stations this year to the busiest parts of the Indego system.
According to Indego, these stations will make the programme more reliable for people who count on it for their daily transportation, as well as new users and recreational riders. Riders can be notified when these stations arrive by enabling push notifications on the Indego mobile app.
In support of this expansion, Indego said it is making updates to its current pricing structure with an increase to the day pass while adopting per minute pricing to all Indego usage fees.
“We saw that the Indego electric bikes were ridden up to 10 times as often as the standard bikes, and they travelled to every station across the city”
These updates will help support the continued growth of Philadelphia’s bike share programme.
“By any measure, the initial pilot was a success,” added Michael Carroll, deputy managing director for Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation. “We saw that the Indego electric bikes were ridden up to 10 times as often as the standard bikes, and they travelled to every station across the city.”
Indego celebrated its fourth year in operation last month. Since its launch, it claims, riders have taken 2.6 million trips, ridden the distance equivalent of 28 round trips to the moon, and burned 1.4 million worth of calories.
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