Bikeshare program reports nearly 30,000 rides in 8 weeks

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Nearly 30,000 trips have been taken in the first two months of a downtown bike-sharing program launched eight weeks ago by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., the organization announced Thursday.

The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program has landed 1,026 annual members and sold 9,926 24-hour passes, resulting in 29,874 total trips, the group said.

The program, which offers 250 bikes at 25 stations, charges $8 for a 24-hour pass and $80 for an annual membership. Members and pass-holders can take unlimited 30-minute trips on the bikes. Longer trips incur additional fees.

Through the first eight weeks, each bike in the program was used an average of 120 trips, with the average trip lasting 11 minutes, the program said.

The busiest station so far is the one at Washington and Meridian streets, followed by one at Mass Ave and Alabama Street, and another at White River State Park.

The program, which started April 22, was named Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, as per the wishes of The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, which made an undisclosed donation toward startup and operating expenses. Herbert Simon owns the NBA team.


  • Mario
    Note to Mario: The Simon Family Foundation contributed far more than 30k, but chose to keep the amount private.
  • Montreal
    Just returned from Montreal and they charge $7.00 Canadian, not sure what that would be USD. Most of their stations are very large with 50 or more bikes and everywhere. Bike riders are everywhere and they have many protected bike lanes.
  • Impressive
    I'm very happy to see this program being used by so many. My only criticism is the lack of helmets - biking on the Trail is safe, but helmets really should be part of it.
  • Cheaper than similar program in Chicago
    Having just come from a weekend in Chicago, a similar program operated by the same group charges $6 for a half hour or $25 for a full day pass.
  • Re: Mario
    Never mind Mario... He is still wanting his government check because he is "owed" it and complains about others on how they handle their donations etc...
  • Shrink Downtown
    That's about 533 trips per day which seems really good. Though I would be interested to know how this compares to their estimates. Were they expecting more or less ridership at this point in the project? How does it compare to other similar programs in other cities? Is this a case of curiosity increasing front-loaded demand or will these numbers grow in the future? I think one of the great benefits is that it shrinks downtown. Someone working at Simon can now get up to Mass Ave for lunch in a reasonable time instead of being stuck in a 2 or 3 block walking radius. A suburbanite can drive into the city park wherever they want and have access to all of downtown. I think that's fantastic.
  • About the joke
    Yeah, Mario... free advertising, because no one in town has ever heard of the Pacers, right? Maybe you're just bitter because your princess is in another castle.
  • Re: Mario
    Mario, how much have you donated to the city this year? That 'paltry' 30K is nothing compared to the other benefits the simons bring to this city.
  • Huge Advocate
    As a downtown worker for a company with a multi-building campus, I love the convenience of this program. Allows for quick trips between sites and some precious exercise minutes too!
  • Confusion
    Have seen and heard confusion over the 30 minute trip. Seems intuitive that you can go to a station and click in and immediately take out the same bike to continue your ride but that is not always happing.
  • Cool!
    This is really cool story. Happy to see more people on bikes. As far as the Pacers advertising, the more people go to games, the less we as taxpayers have to pay for the building.
  • joke
    The Simon's "donation" was a paltry $30,000. The city is pretty much giving them free advertising. Shameful.

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