Pacers Bikeshare program launches Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Starting Tuesday, 250 bikes will be available at 25 stations around the city, mostly along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, as part of the city’s new Pacers Bikeshare program.

Organizers say the bikes are intended to be ridden for short distances downtown.

Here’s how it works:

  • Buy either a 24-hour pass for $8 at any kiosk or an annual pass for $80 online.
  • Swipe your credit card (for 24-hour passes) or pass card (for annual members) at any kiosk.
  • Take your bike and later check it back in at any station.

Passes allow riders unlimited 30-minute trips.

Anything over 30 minutes is an additional charge of $2 for the first 30 minutes and $4 for each 30 minutes after that.

Organizers say this makes downtown more fun and easily accessible.

“If people come down, if there’s not a big event, they just kind of want to see what’s happening, maybe go out to dinner, have a great brunch somewhere on Mass Ave., they can extend their trip downtown and use the Bikeshare program to get around,” said Kären Haley with Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. “Also, as people are moving to downtown who don’t want to have a car, Bikeshare provides a great way for them to get around.”

Organizers say employees monitor the stations around the clock to make sure bikes are available or space to dock bikes is available.

The official ribbon cutting is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The official launch party is Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. outside City Market.

Click here for the map of the Pacers Bikeshare stations.

Click here to learn more about the program.

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