The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a nearly $1 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant to the city of Indianapolis to expand the Pacers Bikeshare program. Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. says the funding will add 25 bike stations and 250 bicycles to the program in 2019.
The expansion will add more stations in downtown Indy as well as in near downtown neighborhoods and along the Monon Trail and other parts of the city’s bike network. The city says it also plans use the expansion to grow the EveryBody Rides program, which provides subsidized bikeshare passes, bicycle education and group rides for low-income residents.
"Pacers Bikeshare has transformed the way people travel in downtown Indianapolis," said Kären Haley, executive director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. "By expanding Pacers Bikeshare to neighborhoods and along the City’s bicycle network and transit corridors, we will bring affordable and convenient transportation to more of our city’s residents, neighborhoods and destinations."
The Pacers Bikeshare program also plans to launch a business partnership program for business and property owners who are seeking to have a bike station at or near their place of business. Indianapolis Cultural Trail will host a series of public input sessions beginning in June to gather feedback from the community about potential locations for the new bike stations.