Pacers Bikeshare Partners with IU Health to Promote Healthy Lifestyles

A lifestyle change begins with a vision and a single step.- Jeff Calloway, American Olympian 

This past weekend Indiana University Health sponsored a Pacers Bikeshare Free day encouraging the community to get outside and ride. Without a doubt, Indy residents and visitors alike heard the message loud and clear and joined in the free day traveling more than 4,000 miles.

It was a beautiful weekend in Indy and Pacers Bikeshare bikes took more than 1,000 trips and riders burned more than 160,000 calories, equivalent to the calories of about 390 pumpkin spice lattes, tis the season!

Estel "Stew" Stewart, Mgr-Clinical Operations, IUSCC, left, with Megan Carr, Mgr-Clinical Operations, UH, right. IU Health BikeShare on September 13, 2016. (Matthew Dial / Indiana University Health Visual Media)

“Bicycling is a great way to improve overall fitness and health,” said Mike Yost, Vice President of Marketing, Outreach and Experience at IU Health. “Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town with family, an urban commute, or a group ride with your friends, riding a bike is a fun way to get fit and healthy, benefitting both the body and the mind.”

Many people consider the Pacers Bikeshare bikes to be a great way to see the city and we couldn’t agree with them more. We also believe that by having the bikes along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, we are opening up an opportunity for Indy residents to begin looking at biking as a form of active transportation. Using a bike to get from one place to another is an easy way to improve health, save money (parking is free at the docks!) and slowly you can begin to transform your lifestyle.

Kären Haley, executive director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., and head of the Pacers Bikeshare program. IU Health BikeShare on September 13, 2016. (Matthew Dial / Indiana University Health Visual Media)

“We’re grateful to IU Health for providing free access to Pacers Bikeshare on Saturday as a way to encourage physical activity in our community. With this partnership we hope to raise awareness around active transportation and the related health benefits,” said ICT Executive Director, Kären Haley.  “The Pacers Bikeshare program, combined with safe and protected bike infrastructure, like the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, is a key component to making Indianapolis a healthier and more active community.”