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Pacers Bikeshare Celebrating 5 years and Summer Expansion Plans

April 23, 2019   |  Categorized in ,

Today we’re celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Pacers Bikeshare program today. Pacers Bikeshare, Indianapolis’ community bikeshare program, is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.

Pacers Bikeshare launched on April 22, 2014. Citizens and visitors alike have taken almost 502,000 trips on the gold bikes since the program launched,  riding more than 1 million miles in five years. Pacers Bikeshare riders have burned more than 43 million calories and offset an estimated 1 million tons of carbon using bike share.

“When we launched the Pacers Bikeshare in 2014, our goal was to make the Cultural Trail, and our downtown, more accessible and easier for people to travel and explore by bicycle” said Kären Haley, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director. “Five years later, we’ve grown the original system downtown on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and are excited to expand Pacers Bikeshare outside of downtown to neighborhoods and destinations that are connected by greenways, trails and bike lanes.  We know from our experience with the Cultural Trail that people ride bikes when they have easy access to bicycle infrastructure.”

Media and the public are invited to attend the Bikeshare’s 5th birthday celebration today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Cultural Trail headquarters located at 132 West Walnut Street, Indianapolis. Mayor Hogsett plans to attend as well.

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About the expansion

In late summer, Pacers Bikeshare will add approximately 275 more bikes and 23 more bike share stations. The expansion will create greater access to Pacers Bikeshare by increasing station density downtown, expanding to near downtown neighborhoods and adding stations along the Monon Trail, White River Trail,  Central Canal Towpath and other parts of the city’s bike network including Garfield Park. Maps highlighting the expanded system area and new station locations can be found here.

“One of our intentions with expansion Pacers Bikeshare is to put bike share stations in neighborhoods instead of only downtown. This is directly related to the mission of our Everybody Rides program whose mission is to ensure that Pacers Bikeshare is available to everybody,  regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or income level,” said Haley. “By expanding our geographic footprint, more people will have access to affordable transportation and active, healthy recreation, too.”

The City of Indianapolis received a nearly $1 million Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for the Pacers Bikeshare expansion. The Herbert Simon Family Foundation will provide a portion of the grant’s local match. In addition to the federally funded expansion, Pacers Bikeshare has a business partnership program for business and property owners who desire Pacers Bikeshare stations on or near their place of business.

Pacers Bikeshare is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Annual passes are available online at pacersbikeshare.org and on the BCycle mobile app.

By the Numbers: 5 Years of Pacers Bikeshare

  • Bikeshare Trips: 501,864
  • Miles: 1,091,542 equal to riding a bike from Seattle, WA to Miami Florida 300 times
  • Carbon Offset: 1,033,418 tons equal to taking 89 cars off the roads
  • Calories Burned: 43,329,423 equal to more than 220,000 donuts
  • 24-Hr Passes: 115,037
  • Annual Passes: 6321
  • Monthly Passes: 1065