I listed it on the Events page and went to it with my daughter out of curiosity. We live close to one of the lockers and pass it almost daily. But, after trying a bike-share service in London, we were gun shy because we found it to be really complicated. It probably didn’t help that it was the middle of the night, and we were running on fumes.
I’m also the type who tends to research everything ad nauseam before trying it. The first time I planted a flower garden I spent hours in the library researching things like soil pH levels and what kind of sunlight each type of popular plant in Virginia needs. (My next door neighbor yelled out to me, as I was finally measuring everything out and preparing the soil, “Just dig a hole and drop them in!”)
So yeah, to just say, “Oh, what the heck. Let me just put my credit card in here and hope for the best” is almost beyond the realm of possibility for me. 🤓
Ego, this class, I thought, would be perfect for me. I couldn’t have been more right.
I’ll try to hit on some of the highlights from the class from what I remember.
Pennsylvania Bicycle Laws
The main instructor for the class was from Bicycle Coalition, and she started off by going through a poster that explained bicycle laws in Pennsylvania, as well as tips for staying safe on the road.
I learned a lot in that part of the class. For example, I didn’t realize that bicyclists have a right to ride in a car lane, even if a bicycle lane was available. Or that wearing headphones or ear buds is against the law in PA.
But then she talked specifics about the Indego program. A few things I learned:
- Walk-up: $4/30 mins
- IndegoFlex: $10/yr, $4/ride
- Indego30: $15/mo, unlimited rides
- Indego30 Access**: $5/mo, unlimited rides
**Available to PA ACCESS card holders. (Seriously … How cool is that?!? Well done, PA.)
I was actually shocked when the rep went through the pricing plans. I had to verify if she actually said “15” because I thought for sure I must’ve misunderstood her. I downloaded the app right then and there.
I have a bike, but it’s only a few months old, and I suped it up with phone holder, headlight, blinking rear reflector, and water bottle holder. So even though I live a 10-minute bike ride to my office, I never want to ride it in the city for fear of it getting stripped down, so I walk to work.
Aside from the theft concern, it’s a huge pain to carry it from my postage stamp backyard, through my skinny brownstone, and down the front steps. So to drop $15/mo when I have a rack one block from my home and another one block from my office? I’ll file that under No Brainer. Oh, and they have baskets, so I wouldn’t have to carry my backpack on my back, which is pretty heavy.
Learn more about how to get a pass.
The Indego program includes an app for iPhone and Android. The program gives you access to more than 700 bikes and 70 stations throughout the city.
With the Indego app you can:
- purchase a pass
- log into your account
- find the nearest station to your location
- search for specific stations or places in the city
- check bike and dock availability
- see how long your bike has been checked out
- renew your pass or view your trip history
- contact customer service (via chat, phone, or email)
- You have to check your bike in at least once an hour. You can just check it in at a station and check it right out again.
- You’ll receive a key if you sign up for a monthly program. You just tap your Indego Key on the card reader to get a bike directly from any dock.
- You can start at any station and finish at any station.
- If the station you wanted to return your bike at is full you can touch the screen on the kiosk to get 15 minutes added to your time at no charge and to find a nearby station with available docks.
- In addition to the map in the app you can view a map of all stations here.
We also got some nice swag. 🙂