$1M grant to help Indianapolis bike-share program expand
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A $1 million federal transportation grant will help Indianapolis’ bike-share program nearly double the availability of its rentable bikes by next year.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday that the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant from the Federal Highway Administration will allow the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program, which launched in 2015, to add 25 bike stations and 250 bikes. Indianapolis currently has 29 bike stations and 275 bicycles available for rent.
The funding will allow the program to add more locations downtown and expand to surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the Monon Trail and Broad Ripple, Hogsett said.
“At no additional cost to our taxpayers, we are doubling the amount of bikes and stations offered, and will be sure they land in the right places thanks to public input received in the coming weeks,” he said.
The city will begin hosting public sessions next month to gather feedback to determine the exact location of the new stations, Hogsett said.
Residents and visitors can purchase a 24-hour pass at a station or a monthly or annual pass online. Riders have unlimited access to bikes during the length of the pass but are required to check into a station kiosk every 30 minutes or incur a fine.
An iPhone app that launched in 2017 allows users to check out available bikes and map out a ride route online.
Pacers Bikeshare plans to expand its EveryBody Rides program, which provides subsidized bike-share passes, bicycling education and group rides for low-income residents. The group also plans to launch a business partnership program for companies that want stations near their business.