Indianapolis wheels out bikeshare program

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis has a new way for people to get around town.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard kicked off a new bike share program Friday morning, which allows people to rent bicycles. It will be called Pacers Bikeshare.

It is the only program in nation to partner with a sports team.

There will be nearly 250 bikes at 25 different stations around town along the Cultural Trail which runs through downtown, Fountain Square and Mass Ave.

“This really does provide the perfect complement to the Cultural Trail that is making so much national and international headlines and attracting new residents and investments to the city of Indianapolis,” Ballard said. “As I told the Senate committee last week, new urban growers want to be connected to their neighborhood and to their city through means other than a car, and that includes cycling.”

The program is being funded by money donated by the Herbert Simon Foundation and a federal grant.

People interested in renting a bike can get a 24-hour pass for $8. An annual membership will cost $80. Bikes will be available for rent from 5:30 a.m. until midnight every day of the year.

The program will launch on April 22.

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