Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program has proven increasingly popular during the coronavirus pandemic. Even Mayor Jim Kenney says he’s been riding out his quarantine on the blue-and-white two-wheelers.
So popular is Indego that more riders are taking out the bikes and not bringing them back — often without consequence.
The city is now installing tracking devices on some bicycles, and has taken action to limit the use of stolen credit cards on the system.
Indego confirmed to Billy Penn that a record-high 330 bikes have gone missing so far this year, out of a fleet totaling about 1,400. About a third of those were e-bikes. The rest were a mix of older two-basket bikes and the slightly newer models with front carrier baskets.