Indy Bikeshare beats Denver's — by a mile
Indianapolis greener than Denver?
Who would have believed it?
The Mile High City has mountains, rivers, streams, the High Plains, skiing and hiking.
We have Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
But more riders checked out bikes on the Pacers Bikeshare in the first five months than they did in Denver in 2010 — by a mile.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. says 21,844 all-day passes and 1,404 annual memberships have been sold in Indianapolis since the program began in the spring.
In all, we've taken 74,162 rides for an average of 15 minutes.
By comparison, Denver in 2010 sold 15,374 24-hour passes and 892 annual passes in the first six months.
Denver's program was twice as large as Indy's, with 50 stations and 500 bikes. Pacers Bikeshare has 250 bikes at 25 stations. Denver's bikeshare has since grown to 700 bikes at 84 stations.
Kären Haley, executive director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, said Indy's bikeshare has exceeded expectations.
"We were always comparing ourselves to Denver and hoped to do at least as well," she said.
Haley attributed Indianapolis' bike enthusiasm to our "great bike infrastructure.
"We have the Cultural Trail, and people really feel safe riding it," she said. "Plus our Downtown is easy to get around in, and the bike stations are really packed dense."
After the first year, officials will decide whether to expand and, if so, where. One possibility is bringing the bikeshare to Broad Ripple, Haley said.
The three busiest stations are Washington and Meridian streets, White River State Park, and Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama Street.
Article by John Tuohy from INDYSTAR on October 9, 2014 with permission.