Bike Philly

 

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to rent a bicycle from Indego and cruise around Kelly Drive taking in the Dragon Boat racing on the Schuylkill river.

Dragon Boat

There are 60 stations with over 600 self-service bikes if you are on the lookout to bicycle in Philly. A station at the foot of the Art Museum stairs was a convenient place for me to rent a bike and ride to the dragon boat races. It was a spur of the moment decision to ride instead of walk to the event. The rental process is easy and I opted for text messaging from Indego to track my ride. My one quibble is there are no helmets along with the bicycles and I rode without one. One cyclist was kind enough to mention that fact while I was sitting on the banks of the river watching the races. Safety is always a concern and now there is helmet stored in the trunk of my car for the next spur of the moment bike ride.

Overall, I enjoyed having the option to get on bicycle and explore Philadelphia. I would like to see stations installed in Northeast Philly, and hope there are plans to expand the range of the stations.

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  • rochester_veteran

    Although as kids, we didn’t think much of bike helmets, as adults, we need to put them in the forefront. I have a good friend that I work with that suffered a bad bike accident a couple of years back, ran up into the guy in front of him going at a good clip and went hard over the handle bars. Broken collar bone, numerous bruises and contusions, he keeps his bike helmet as a trophy of the evidence that it saved his life. It sits in the window ledge right next to my desk in work, the one side caved in, what probably could have met his end with a head injury, but it saved him!