Bikeshare plans for fall, winter months

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s been five months since the city’s Pacers Bikeshare program launched.

Organizers say the program, which started in April, exceeded expectations and expansion plans are possible.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail says the program sold over 1,300 annual memberships, 21,000 day passes and 70,000 trips in the five months since the launch.

Since fall officially starts Monday night, 24-Hour News 8 asked the plans for the colder months.

Organizers say the bikes are rust, salt and snow resistant, and maintenance technicians on staff will keep the bikes running while it’s cold out.

“The Cultural Trail is cleared of snow and ice all winter long, so it makes it a very accessible, easy way to get around downtown,” said Lauren Day with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. “Since most of the Bikehsare stations are on the Cultural Trail, it makes a lot of sense. People will still be able to walk outside their office and grab a bike.”

As far as expansion, organizers say they have to get through the fall and winter seasons.

They know ridership will decrease in those months, but they need to see by how much.

After a year, in April 2015, the expansion could take place.

Right now, the program has 250 bikes at 25 stations.

The cost is $8 per day or $80 annually for unlimited 30 minute rides.

Click here for more on the Pacers Bikeshare program or locations.

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