Pacers Bikeshare program will introduce Pay As You Ride starting May 1. Bicycles will be $1 to ride and 15 cents per minute for the duration of the trip with no time limitation. This new pricing replaces the 24-hour and monthly pass which provided unlimited 30 minute trips in a 24-hour period.
Annual pass holders will continue to have unlimited 30-minute trips as they have since Pacers Bikeshare started in 2014. Annual pass holders who ride longer than 30 minutes will also be able to take advantage of Pay As You Ride and will pay only 15 cents per minute for any trip over 30 minutes. Previously, annual pass holders paid $2 for any trip over 30 minutes and $4 per 30 minutes for trips over 60 minutes.
Since Pacers Bikeshare started five years ago, the most common piece of feedback was that the pricing was confusing. “What we’ve learned over the past five years is that annual pass holders and casual riders want a different experience when they use Pacers Bikeshare,” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director Kären Haley. “Creating a streamlined experience for people to only pay for the time they use benefits all of our riders because it’s easy to understand: you pay for what you use and can enjoy your bike ride rather than checking your watch to see if you are close to 30 minutes.”
Riders will still be able to check out and return bicycles at any of the 29 Pacers Bikeshare stations. The EveryBody Rides program continues to offer a $10 annual pass for residents who receive SNAP benefits or receive services from an EveryBody Rides partner organization. As always, anyone can use Pacers Bikeshare by visiting a station kiosk, or on a mobile device by downloading and using the BCycle mobile app which shows real time bike and dock availability.
Pacers Bikeshare will add 275 more bikes and 23 more bikeshare stations in late summer. The expansion will provide Pacers Bikeshare users access to neighborhoods along the city’s greenway network and Broad Ripple. The expansion will also increase station density downtown, expand to near downtown neighborhoods and add stations along the Monon Trail and other parts of the city’s bike network. Maps highlighting the expanded routes can be found here.