New bike share offers free test rides in Center City

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 This bike-share station is set up across from Philadelphia City Hall. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

This bike-share station is set up across from Philadelphia City Hall. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The first stations for Philadelphia’s bike-share program are now installed. 

Customers can find bikes at the ready at the North Broad Street station, adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall. Lisa Jefferson, who took one of the IndeGo bikes for a free ride Thursday, said the bicycles are sturdy but fun.

“I thought it was great.  I actually live at 9th and Chestnut and work at 20th and Market, so I walk every day to work,” she said. “I would love to ride to work, put me in a great mood in the morning.”

Shawn Stevens took a test drive wearing a suit and tie.

“It’s a nice cruising bike,” Stevens said. “It has room for your briefcase or purse.  They have baskets on it.  I can easily see taking it around town.”

The bike share will go live April 23 with a ceremony at Eakins Oval.

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