INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Pacers Bikeshare program in Indianapolis launched just over a month ago, and organizers say the program is doing better than expected.
By now, anyone downtown has likely seen the bright yellow bikes.
“I was really excited when I heard about Bikeshare coming to Indy,” said Adam Shoemaker, a rider who has logged over 100 miles already.
Shoemaker said he uses the bikes almost daily to travel from his home in Fountain Square to work near Mass Ave.
At lunch, he’ll take another to grab a bite without the hassles of finding and paying for parking.
“On the weekends, I have a lot of friends that live around Mass Ave, so I’ll be riding from Fountain Square to up here quite a bit,” Shoemaker said.
Organizers say revenue has far outpaced expectations.
“We based our estimates on half of what the city of Denver did for their bike sharing program in the first year because their system was twice our size,” Kären Haley with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail said. “We are much surpassing those goals.”
Haley reports over 13,000 rides since the program’s April 22 launch.
Among those rides, she said they’ve seen no accidents.
They’re made for public use, so they can take a beating. Bikes undergo maintenance about every two weeks.
“Our biggest problem that we’ve seen is some of the bells, the striker on the bells, has become loose on a few of them,” Haley said. “And then just over time as people use them, the seats get adjusted. We always seem to tighten the seats when we bring them in for maintenance.”
Riders like Shoemaker say, the more people on the bikes the better, so drivers get used to seeing them on the roads.
“Even if you haven’t ridden a bike in quite a while, the Bikeshare is a great way that you can kind of try one out without having to go all in and going out and buying one,” he said.
Haley said, initially the biggest challenge with the bikes was the pricing structure. The cost for unlimited 30 minute rides is $8 per day or $80 for an annual membership. Anything over a 30 minute ride will cost extra.
This is similar to bike sharing programs nationwide, so, Haley said, as these become more popular, more people understand the pricing ahead of renting a bike.
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