By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a special deal Tuesday for all of the folks curious about Philadelphia’s Bike Share program, which rolled out in late April.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: Keeping An Eye Out For Lost Dog Scams
On the first Tuesday of every month, through 10 p.m., new riders can walk up to those Indego blue racks, snag a bike, and try it out for $1 for 30-minutes. Normal pricing kicks in after the first half-hour.
In just over a month’s worth of operations, 65,000 trips were taken from dozens of docking stations, including about 11,000 walk-up users trying it out, one at a time.READ MORE: 5 Hurt After Single-Car Crash In Cheltenham Township, Police Say
“It’s exceeding our expectations,” says Denise Goren, with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities. “We’ve had over 3,500 30-day members sign up. Those people pay $15 for 30-days of unlimited one hour trips, and they can pay with either cash or with credit.”
And those who sign up for an IndegoFlex membership for $10 a year pay $4 for each hour ride, rather than $4 a half-hour for walk-up users.
The most used stations include the rack outside the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, 18th Street and JFK Boulevard, 19th and Market Streets, and 23rd and South Streets.MORE NEWS: 2 Sent To Hospital After Truck Crashes Into Home, Philadelphia Police Say
Also, if a docking rack is already filled, you can call customer service for more time and get directed to the nearest station, use the app to see in real time where available slots are nearby, or wait a minute or two – someone could show up and check out a bike.