Bikeshare organizers look to year 2 after successful first year

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2015) - It was one year ago that the Pacers Bikeshare program kicked off in downtown Indianapolis.

The program started with 25 locations; now there are 26.

Some riders use the program for recreation; for others, like Monica Kinsey, the top female rider in the program’s inaugural year, it’s become part of every day.

“It’s a really great way to start the morning because you just feel more awake,” Kinsey said.

Kinsey has ridden over 475 miles so far.

“I’m a triplet so we share a car, so biking helps the car situation a lot,” she said.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail says over 102,000 trips were taken on the bikes since the program started a year ago, that’s 3-4,000 a week.

“We’ve had success both from our residents riding the program and also from the many visitors that come to town,” said Kären Haley with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

In the program’s first 11 months alone, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail estimates riders biked almost 185,000 miles, burned over 7 million calories and more than 175,000 pounds of carbon were taken out of the atmosphere.

Heading into year two, riders can download a new app, B-Cycle Now, to check out how many bikes are at each station in real time.

Haley says one thing that won’t change in year two is the price: unlimited 30 minute rides for $8 a day or $80 for the year.

However, to celebrate Bikeshare’s newly announced partnership with IU Health, free rides are offered on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Organizers say bikes can be checked out with a credit card, but fees will only apply for trips over 30 minutes.

The program will also host a Bikeshare birthday party outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, April 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It’s open to the public.

Click here or here to learn more about the program.