Can Philly’s Indego bikeshare play a bigger part in easing CBD congestion?
The Indego system recorded over 671,000 trips in 2018.
March 25, 2019
- The Indego system recorded over 671,000 trips in 2018. The highest-volume stations in the CBD served as the destinations for 22 percent (or 148,000) of those rides. Quarterly data reveal that ridership peaked in Q3 (July – September) and was the lowest in Q1 (January-March). The station at 18th and JFK across from Comcast’s campus is the system’s most popular destination: 20,520 people docked a bike there in 2018.
- With spring officially upon us and Indego approaching its 4th birthday, the system’s capacity to accommodate more commuters is a critical question. CBD congestion has reached unprecedented levels thanks to an explosion of ride-sharing trips, e-commerce deliveries, and the steady growth of jobs and residents. Frustrating and perilous conditions on Center City streets have contributed to a drop in bike commuting, the first in a decade.
- Growth creates congestion, but also opportunity: more people are living within cycling distance of CBD jobs than ever before, and the number of jobs in bike-accessible locations is growing. The city’s proposal for 20 additional miles of protected bikeways by 2020 could grow the pool of would-be riders.
- Indego has already doubled in size since its inception, and plans to grow twice as much again by 2024. A more immediate rollout of electric bikes will make trips more palatable in extreme weather, and the debut of dockless rides will take the pressure off high-volume CBD stations where “dock-blocking” is a problem. Whether these investments will yield adequate returns remains to be seen, but growing the two-wheeled commuter population is critical to the CBD’s ongoing success.
Source: JLL Research, Center City District, Indego Bikeshare