The City of Philadelphia launched Indego in 2015 as the city’s newest form of public transportation with 60 stations and 600 bikes and expanded this year to 120 stations and 1,200 bikes. Indego offers 24/7 access to the city on your schedule. Indego is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia and sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. Indego is part of the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), which seeks to develop bike share equitably and sustainably across the country. BBSP is funded by The JPB Foundation. www.rideindedgo.com
Philadelphia’s Indego Bike Share program has teamed up with the Barnes Foundation for an aesthetic addition to the popular program: Barnes Foundation paintings will be featured on 20 bikes over the next year featuring artwork selected via crowd-sourcing through an online poll.
The first ten bikes will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, from 5-8 PM during the Barnes Open House: #BIKETOBARNES. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to vote on the next ten which will debut at the Barnes’s Free First Sunday program in May 2018. The event will also feature pop-up talks about the selected paintings and bike-riding lessons. Admission to the event is free and includes access to the Barnes collection and Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders, a special exhibition inspired by the artist’s collaboration with a community of North Philadelphia horsemen.
“Indego Bike Share is all about opening up the city for new experiences and exploration, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Barnes Foundation to make it easier to explore art here in Philadelphia,” said Michael Carroll, the City of Philadelphia’s Deputy Managing Director for Transportation & Infrastructure Systems.
To celebrate the partnership the Barnes is providing free admission to Indego passholders for one year from the launch. Indego passholders will also be able to bring a guest who will receive $5 off general admission.
“We are excited to collaborate with Indego—an engaged, equitable, and sustainable bike share program dedicated to ensuring that all Philadelphians have access to affordable and healthy transportation options,” said Shelley Bernstein, deputy director for digital initiatives and chief experience officer at the Barnes. “Welcoming all communities from across Philadelphia is a key goal at the Barnes, and the Indego bike share program is an extraordinary example of an initiative we can learn a great deal from. With bike share docks located in areas within a 30-minute ride to the Barnes and with over 1.5 million trips to date, Indego is a positive, ubiquitous force in Philadelphia, and we look forward to welcoming its riders to the Barnes!”