The Indianapolis Bikeshare program was revealed last Friday at well attended press conference in the Fountain Square cultural district where it was announced that the program will launch in just a few short weeks – Tuesday April 22nd is go live day!
We are seeing stations already being placed throughout downtown. This is the one just outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Bikes may be checked out between 5:30 am and midnight 12 months of the year. There are two types of memberships – daily & annual. The below graphic does a great job of outlining the charges for each.
As you can see, the pricing structure is designed to encourage high turnover and shorter rides within the footprint of the system.
A donation by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation puts the Indiana Pacers as the naming sponsor for the program. The program was also funded by a grant from the US Department of Transportation.
The bicycles are provided by B-Cycle, a joint venture of Trek Bicycles, Humana Inc. & Crispin Porter + Bogusky. This means that visitors that have a B-Cycle membership from other cities may use the bikes here as well and avoid paying the daily fee.
It also means that if you purchase an annual membership here in Indy, you may use the bicycles in the other “B-Connected” cities which currently include: Austin, Boulder, Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale), Charlotte, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Worth, Hawaii, Houston, Kansas City, Madison, Nashville, Omaha, Salt Lake City, San Antonio & Spartanburg.
We’ll do a more in-depth overview of the bicycles soon, but know that features include a step through frame design, 3 speed grip shifting, integrated lock, handlebar basket, fenders, rear rack & basket pannier, platform pedals, kickstand, bell & Cultural Trail map graphic.
So where are the bike stations going to be located? Click on the image below to load a printable pdf.
Scrolling down on the page that hosts this printable map, we also found an interactive map on their website. This map not only shows the locations, but also the bike availability & overall capacity at each station. Stations will have varying capacity and configurations depending on their location.
There will be 250 bicycles spread across these 25 station locations. A quick tally of the station capacities on this interactive map indicates that there is an overall capacity of 332 bike docks at these stations. We will see the color coding of the stations changing as they install and test the stations over the next few weeks.