Bikeshare program to launch in Indianapolis next year

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Circle City is set to get a bikeshare program that will launch next May.

The Board of Public Works approved a $1 million contract to buy the equipment for the program, which allows people to pay a small fee to keep bikes for a short time. The program is designed to make it easier for residents to get around cities while reducing their dependence on cars.

Other cities have bikeshare programs, including Charlotte, Denver, Kansas City, New York City and Washington, DC. Indianapolis’ announcement comes on the heels of its electric car share program, which the city revealed earlier this week and also starts in 2014.

The bikeshare program will be downtown, with stations located near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The initial $1 million investment was provided by federal money. B-cycle, a company that provides equipment for and manages similar programs across the country, won the contract for Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. will operate and maintain the bikeshare initiative. The group will collaborate with Bollore Group, the company that will run the car share program, as needed.

There will be two open house meetings for the public to give input on proposed station locations:

  • Thursday, June 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at The Platform at 202 E. Market St. and will include brief presentations. For more information about the program and to offer suggestions, visit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail’s website.

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