By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city of Philadelphia is rolling out its corporate sponsor for its new bike share program.READ MORE: New Jersey Requiring All Employees In 'Certain' Healthcare Facilities Get COVID-19 Vaccine Or Regular Testing By Early September
This spring, you’ll see the “Indego” logos at all of its locations.
Independence Blue Cross is the title sponsor, contributing $1.7-million each year for the next five years to support the operations of Indego, the bike share system.
Chief of Staff Andrew Stober of the Mayor’s office of Transportation and Utilities says riding a bike in this upcoming network will be convenient, easy to use and affordable. He says the initial set up will include 600 bicycles and 60 docking stations from the city’s core and beyond.READ MORE: Philadelphia Announces Phase 2 Of Street Cleaning Program Running Through November
“They stretch all the way from the Navy Yard through South Philadelphia,” Stober says, “up to North Philadelphia and out to West Philadelphia.”
Next month, they’ll announce pricing, but it will include a component unlike any other big city; riders will be able to use cash as an option. This one also will allow riders to use credit or member cards.
Bike Share founder Russell Meddin, a community leader in the Logan Square section, was a one-man band for many years, dating back to 2008, singing the praises of Bike Share after sampling it in Europe.MORE NEWS: Large Flames Shoot Through Roof Of Princeton University's Theological Seminary Library
“The closer the stations are to each other,” Meddin says, “the easier it is for people just to grab a bike.”