Philly Bike Share Program Begins

Philadelphia's bike share program, Indego, is set to begin. 

The new program will launch at noon Thursday with a kick-off event at Eakins Oval that will feature music, brief speeches by city officials and a ceremonial ride, said Mayor Michael Nutter.

Officials say the Indego program, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, will include 600 Indego bicycles with a network of 70 docking stations around the city that will operate 24 hours a day all year.

Bike share users will be able to get a bike at any station and return it to any other station by using a member card or a credit or debit card.

The Indego bicycle membership plans range from $10 per year to $15 per month and non-members can rent a bike from $4 per 30-minute ride. 

Independence Blue Cross members can also receive additional membership discounts through Sept. 30, 2015 with plans starting at $5 for the first 30 days. 

"Great cities provide residents, commuters, and visitors with great transportation and recreation options," Nutter said in a statement.

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