Pacers Bike Share sees 13k riders in first month

INDIANAPOLIS - The Pacers Bike Share program launched in April, and in the few months of its existence, organizers say it's already had many early adopters.

"Outstanding numbers and really outstanding success" is how Karen Haley, executive director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., described the program so far.

The program's users told us it's "very easy to use," and that's reflected in the numbers from the first month of operation. Organizers said more than 13,000 riders have used the bike share program, and 800 have already purchased season passes that cover them for a year.

One of those annual passes belongs to John Schwarten.

"[It's] totally convenient," Schwarten said. "I probably ride three or four times a week. We have three different buildings downtown and I just use it to get in between the buildings."

If you're a more casual rider, $8 will get you unlimited access to a bike for 24 hours, though you're encouraged to check in at a kiosk every half hour.

There are currently 25 bike stations in the downtown area, and requests for more are coming in one a daily basis, according to Haley.

"People are contacting us to see if and how they can get a station near their place of business, near their neighborhood," Haley said.

Organizers said they haven't had any issues yet with theft or excessive damage.

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