With the Indiana Pacers eliciting boos and early walkouts of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after their Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, the City of Indianapolis will get a chance to cheer on the Pacers before Game 2 even starts. Launching today in downtown Indianapolis is the Pacers Bikeshare program, a public bicycle sharing program that allows Indianapolis to join cities like New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C., in having a bikeshare program. The Pacers Bikeshare is just the latest bicycle news in Indianapolis as the city recently got selected by the nonprofit, PeopleForBikes, to get a grant that will fund protected bike lanes.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., will be operating the Pacers Bikeshare system, which is made up of 25 stations and 250 bikes. The system is named after the Pacers due to a generous donation by Pacers team owner, Herb Simon. From the Indianapolis Star:
The Pacers name? That’s due to an undisclosed financial contribution from the Simon family, who owns the Indiana Pacers. Indy’s bikeshare is the first in the nation to be connected to a professional sports team, said Kären Haley, executive director of the Cultural Trail.
The Herbert Simon Family Foundation funded the startup costs and will fund the ongoing operations.
The Simons want to give back “to a city we feel has given us so much,” said Rachel Simon, a member of the foundation.
Pacers Bikeshare “will cultivate a higher level of environmental awareness in the community,” she said.
The Pacers branding on the system is prominent as the team’s logo and colors are clearly evident on all of the bikes.
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