Trail Talk

4th of July Bikeshare Tips

July 2, 2015   |  Categorized in ,

Its 4th of July weekend and we’re gearing up here for what is expected to be our busiest weekend yet for Pacers Bikeshare!

Last year over 5,000 trips were taken during the week of July 4th weekend with over 1,000 Day Pass users roaming downtown Indianapolis on our 250 gold bikes.

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Photo Credit: Indy Star

 

This year we will have balancing teams working hard to keep the system running well and ensuring bikes are available where they are needed. However, the high turnover rate of bikes in the system could lead to occasional full or empty stations.

Not to worry! 

Here’s some insider tips to keep your bikeshare experience smooth and reliable:

Use the app! 

“B-Cycle Now” is available in the Apple and Android app stores and will provide you with live bike/dock availability at nearby stations.

Add minutes!

At a full station the “More Options” button will allow you to add 15 minutes to your trip and will provide a list of nearby stations with available docks.

Dock and Listen!

Make sure the dock beeps three times when you are returning a bike. This ensures the system recognizes the bike and will make it available for future users.

Think Outside the Circle!

Washington and Meridian, Monument Circle and Mass Ave and Alabama are the most used stations. If you find one empty or full, waiting for a few minutes will typically bring other riders that are checking in or out. Stations like Victory Field or Bankers Life Fieldhouse can yield more bikes for larger groups and don’t have high turnover, leading to more predictable availability.

Don’t forget you can always call Customer Service at 317-653-1947 if you are experiencing bike maintenance issues or other system concerns.