$1.5 million grant from William Penn to expand Philly bike-share program

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 A bike-share station at Race and Sixth streets in Philadelphia is one of 72 now in operation. A $1.5 million William Penn Foundation grant will support installing 24 new stations. (NewsWorks file photo)

A bike-share station at Race and Sixth streets in Philadelphia is one of 72 now in operation. A $1.5 million William Penn Foundation grant will support installing 24 new stations. (NewsWorks file photo)

Philadelphia’s bike-share program has received a large grant to bring the bikes to more neighborhoods. 

 

The William Penn Foundation is giving Philadelphia $1.5 million to expand the Indego program into underserved communities and the city’s park system.  

The goal is to give people a way to explore the city’s open space, said Andrew Johnson of the Penn Foundation.

“The foundation is committed to insuring that public spaces in Philadelphia are well used by all people in Philadelphia, visitors and people who live here,” Johnson said Tuesday. “We see bike share and Indego as an opportunity to provide people with the means to get from various neighborhoods to these great public spaces that we have, many of which are along our spectacular rivers.”

The grant will support installing 24 new stations bringing the total to 96.  Since launching in April, participants have taken more than a quarter million rides on Indego bikes. 

The specific locations for the new stations have not yet been determined.

Disclosure: The William Penn Foundation supports WHYY.

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