Bikeshare program: The rules of road rentals

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There’s a new option for getting around downtown, but before you bike you’ll want to make sure you know the rules of these road rentals.

City leaders introduced the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program.

Officials said it’s a way for visitors and locals alike to get to know the city better by exploring it on two-wheels instead of four.

The pay stations remind for the bikes are similar to the pay stations for parking spots around town, but you can’t use cash. Riders must pay with a credit or debit card.

And if you take one for a ride, just make sure you keep your eye on the clock.

“I seen it this morning I’m like, what’s going on I’m going to have to go over here,” said Helena Foster.

Curiosity got the best of her today thanks to several bright yellow bikes strolling around town.

“Today’s the day where the rubber finally hits the road,” proclaimed Congressman Andre Carson as he helped introduce the program outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse Tuesday morning.

The Bikeshare gives Hoosiers of all kinds, not just politicians, a chance to take a tour of the city.

“I’ve seen a few of these out already today, I think it’s going to catch on,” said Larry Jordan who just finished take a ride to Monument Circle.

There are 250 bikes between 25 stations. For an $8 fee, a rider could share a bike for the next 24 hours.

But we made sure to set a timer for 30 minutes.

If a bike doesn’t get checked back in to a station within that time limit, riders will have to pay an extra fee. It’s $2 for an extra 30 minutes, and $4 for each half hour increment after that.

The stations are spread along the cultural trail. On average, they’re about two blocks apart from each other.

The program is funded through sponsors as well as federal grants. Officials got some of the grant funding because the Bikeshare reduces the city’s carbon footprint since people might opt for a bike ride instead of driving a car.

Besides signing up for a day pass, people can pay $80 for an annual pass.

If you register for the program online, the Bikeshare can track your mileage and how many calories you’ve burned.

Many people wondered why they are being asked to return a bike within 30 minutes if they paid for a 24-hour pass. Organizers say the 30 minute limit encourages people to “share” instead of borrowing a bike for an entire day. One way to get around paying the extra fee is to return a bike to a station within 30 minutes, then immediately check out a different bike. That way people can ride for extended periods of time without worrying about paying extra.

Officials said the bikes are inspected every two weeks to make sure they’re in working order.

They are also equipped with a lock so riders can latch it to a pole or bike rack if a station isn’t nearby.

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