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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