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Several people are taking advantage of the bike share program in Indianapolis.
Last week, the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program celebrated its 50,000th ride, just over three months after the program began. The program has also sold far more annual memberships already than it thought it would in its first year.
Bikeshare programs allow customers to rent bikes from docking stations scattered throughout larger cities for a designated period of time.
Karen Haley, executive director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which operates the bikeshare program, has been pleasantly surprised with the results.
“We knew bikeshare was going to be popular here because we have the cultural trail, arguably some of the best infrastructure for bicycling in the world, but 50,000 rides in just over 3 months really exceeded our expectations,” Haley said.
Haley said 1,276 annual memberships and 16,505 24-hour passes have been sold since the program began. The 250 bicycles and 25 bike stations are still in good condition according to Haley, which she attributes to the bikes’ 50 pound weight.
Despite the initial success, Haley said additional bikeshare stations and bikes are not being offered just yet.