Indiana Pacers Bikeshare: Quick Way to Get Around Downtown

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare

One of the biggest complaints I hear about any downtown is trying to find parking and getting around.

Since we live here and can park here, that is not an issue for us.

However, in the past three years we have lived here, depending on the weather, we can’t always walk far. Or sometimes it gets a little exhausting walking across town for a restaurant or whatnot.

We prefer to walk around and once we are home though and walk wherever we need to go.

Except now, we’ve made a change and recently got a membership to the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare.

De-Bunking the “Cons”

“But Tracey, why don’t you just buy a bike?”

Well, buying a bike would mean I would have to store one. And I have no where to put it.

“But Tracey, isn’t it annoying that you have to check it in every 30 minutes?”

Not really, actually. I was afraid of that too. When we tried it for the first time, we really enjoyed it to get us somewhere fast. So we aren’t necessarily in it to ride. It is really a means of getting from point A to point B. And there are so many docks all over the city, it really isn’t an issue at all. Plus, there is an app on your phone you can get so if you’re running close on your time, you can quickly find a station to go to all along the city’s Cultural Trail and beyond.

Indianapolis Canal

The downtown Indy canal is a great way to spend an afternoon on bikes!

The Basics

The Indiana Pacers Bikeshare was pretty simple to use. You can pay $8 for a 24 hour period or $80 for an annual membership.

Every half hour you have to check your bike in. You don’t have to re-dock it, but just stop by a kiosk and hit a few buttons. If you go over your 30 minutes without checking in (up to one hour), it’s an extra $2. Then it is $4 for each additional 30 minutes after that.

So, end of the day, just check the bike in. You’ll be by a station anyway, it really wasn’t a hassle.

It’s easy to get the bikes out and dock them back in.

You can check out bikes from 5 a.m. to 3 .m. (so if you’re looking to get yourself home on a bike after the bars close, don’t bank on the bikeshare in this instance).

Just by all means make sure you dock the bike. It’s all on your credit card, so if you leave the bike somewhere for hours, you are paying for it. We once saw a bike chained to a pole for DAYS once. That is not a fun credit card bill to get. So just make sure you get it back safe and sound.

More Info & Final Thoughts

All in all, this is a good option for us, but not for everyone. If you are into long term bike riding–stick to your own bike. But if you are looking for a fun way to quickly get across the city, then the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is something to consider. Yeah, it costs money. So if you are into spending it, great. And if not, then don’t.

It never even crossed my mind until we tried it on a whim a little while back. We hadn’t gone to Fountain Square and wanted to check something out, and got there so fast. Then later that day we also went to the far end of Mass Ave, which we also normally never do.

So thanks to some generous birthday money I received, we decided this would be a great use for it.

For more info on the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, check out their website.

 

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Women’s College Basketball Festivities in Indianapolis

Downtown Indianapolis was host to the women’s college basketball championship for 2016. The city held a block party on Georgia Street and by Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for those in town. Festivities also included a concert by Cincinnati band “Cherry on Top.” Below are pictures of some of the festivities that took place! Congrats UConn!

Yard House: Amazing Food & Beer Selection

Yard House Basic Info

Address: 15 W. Maryland Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204

Price: $$

Yard House opened in early 2015 and has since been one of my go-to favorite restaurants in the city. They have an incredibly diverse food menu and an even larger drink menu. The food menu is a front and back–simple enough. Then the drink menu is pages long thanks to their great beer selection that includes over 100 beers on tap.

Navigating the Menu

094B0CD6-DC00-4AC0-925D-B4E0BD590945In addition the drink selection, I love Yard House’s  menu. Why? It’s great if you just want a snack or a giant meal.

For an appetizer or entree, they have a “snack” menu, as well as appetizer section. Snacks are like tapas, and one serving is good to share or keep for yourself.

Hands down my favorite “snack” (and arguably menu item in general) are the deviled eggs. Yes, you heard me right–deviled eggs. They have an amazing mix of a spicy tomato sauce and sweet chili and are topped with chives and candied bacon. The snack comes with four, and my husband and I frequently end up getting two orders.

And while I cannot eat potatoes (thanks, allergies), my husband is a huge fan of their truffle fries. Delicious fries topped with shredded parmesan and herbs.

For your entrees, you can choose from their selection of salads, house favorites, pizza, sandwiches, grilled burgers, steak and ribs, seafood, street tacos and then their vegetarian selection as well. (If you are a vegetarian, this section is amazing!)

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I’ve tried quite a bit of the entrees, from the orange peel chicken and chicken rice bowl, to the pepperoni pizza and mac n’ cheese–but their tacos make quite a statement.

I’ve had a variety of their tacos but the one that stands out the most that I highly encourage you to try if you go are the Vampire Tacos.

These tacos have a cheese crusted tortilla and in them include carnitas, bacon, chorizo, salsa, roasted garlic, cumin crema, guacamole and cilantro.

OH.MY.GOD.

There are so many flavors to these tacos, I don’t even know where to begin. You can order one, two or three and as well as rice and beans. You might order the full order but it is pretty likely you’ll be taking that home.

Wrap Up

All in all, this is a fun restaurant. It is a great place if you want to watch a game, hang out at the bar and drink or have a nice meal. They have low lighting and it is just a really cool atmosphere.

They also have really great music that they play if they aren’t using the sound from a game. I can’t stay still, especially after a drink or two.

It can get pricey depending on what you order, so if you are looking for a cheap spot, this place is not really it. Unless you plan your trip–you can make it less expensive if you try!

We’ve also always had great service here too. This one definitely has my stamp of approval, for sure.

Ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges (to the blog)

Change is a good thing. Difficult at times, yes. But without change, there is no growth.

After some thought, I’ve decided to change the direction of this blog.

I’ve really enjoyed using my blog as a platform for my weight loss journey and beauty tips, but I wanted a new direction. Especially one I can blog about fast because my free time is limited these days, but no matter how busy I get, I want to keep my blog.

Hence, I’m switching the focus to concentrate on a topic I know quite a bit about: Downtown Indianapolis.

I’ve been a resident for three years and before I lived here I spent a lot of time here. The city gets a bad rep. In many ways, I understand how much of a hassle it can be if you don’t live here. But I hate that sometime it gets judged on ridiculous untrue things. Plus, there is so much to do and see here. Our downtown is incredibly walkable and we have a ton of good restaurants.

So all of this being said, I hope you’ll join my journey of change. This transition will be a soft one, and all content will still be saved in the archives.

I look forward to sharing an insider’s look of city living with you whether you are considering a move here yourself or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend.

Also, if you have any questions about downtown, don’t hesitate to reach out! Email me at indyjournalista@icloud.com.