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.

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