Mayor Greg Ballard and Rachel Simon share a laugh
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Herbert Simon Family Foundation member Rachel Simon share a light-hearted moment during the Pacers Bikeshare ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Pacers Bikeshare Program Tips Off

Pacers.com Staff Report

April 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - On a crisp, clear spring morning on Earth Day, the Pacers Bikeshare program tipped-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The ceremony included speeches by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Representative Andre Carson, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director Kären Haley, and leaders from the founding partners.

The founding partners include the City of Indianapolis, Department of Public Works, ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Marion County Health Department, Myrta Pulliam, Mozzo Apartments, PeopleForBikes, Sport Graphics, and Visit Indy.

Photo Gallery: Pacers Bikeshare Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The speakers lauded the program for "shrinking" the city in a positive way by linking the many neighborhoods and attractions around downtown Indianapolis. Other positive attributes included providing easy commutes for students and downtown workers, providing clean alternative transportation, and "greening" the city.

The official launch will happen later in the day with a celebration from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM outside of the City Market.

Related: Map of Bikeshare Stations

The Pacers Bikeshare will consist of 250 bicycles and 25 bikeshare stations on or near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick in downtown Indianapolis. The Herbert Simon Family Foundation made a significant philanthropic contribution to help launch the program with additional funding coming from a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“A growing number of people want to live in places where they can connect to unique experiences and neighborhoods without needing a car,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “Adding Pacers Bikeshare to our internationally recognized Cultural Trail will help attract, retain and connect people in Indy and take our growing bicycle culture to an entirely new level.”

Bikes are available by purchasing either a 24 hour pass for $8 or an annual membership for $80. Your pass or membership gives you access to a bike for unlimited thirty minute trips. Trips over thirty minutes will incur additional user fees as is standard with bikeshare programs around the country. 24 hour passes can be purchased at any bikeshare station or online and annual memberships may be purchased online at pacersbikeshare.org.

“Bikeshare programs are one of the newest and healthiest ways people travel around major cities”said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director Kären Haley, “The Cultural Trail makes Indianapolis one of the best cities to experience by bike and the addition of Pacers Bikeshare will make it more convenient to use a bike on the Trail.”

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