July 09 2013

Bike-Sharing’s Coming to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bicycle and pedestrian path that connects five of the six culture districts in Indianapolis, recently announced that they are bringing a bike-share program to Indianapolis in the spring of 2014. I recently attended a community forum where the Executive Director of the trail, Karen Haley, spoke briefly about the project and answered questions.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Cultural Trail has chosen to operate the system through B Cycle, a company based out of Wisconsin that is well known for their existing bike-share systems in Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas; to name a few.

Like most other programs, Indy expects for the system to expand after the first year of operation. Starting with 300 bikes and roughly 25 stations in the downtown core, they hope to branch out to neighborhoods and popular destinations outside of the immediate downtown area in the next few years.

Large maps were displayed to show enlarged areas of downtown where potential bike stations could go. These sites were measured by an engineer according to a minimum standard of right of way for bike stations. Residents were asked to circle areas where they think a bike station would best fit, and cross out areas where a bike station should not go.

Indy Bikeshare Meeting

Indianapolis doesn’t quite have the bike culture that Minneapolis, Minnesota or Portland, Oregon has (yet). However, the amount of people that ride their bike as a main form of transportation is surprisingly large. The popularity of the trails in the area, including the Monon and the Cultural Trail, lead me to believe that the implementation of a bike-share program will benefit Indianapolis greatly. It will allow residents to rediscover the city they love in a sustainable and fun way. Additionally, tourists will have the opportunity to ditch their rental cars and explore the city on a smaller scale; hopefully leading to new and exciting discoveries that they would not have otherwise encountered.

In what ways do you think bike-share programs can enhance cities?

Credits: Images by Laura Granieri. Data linked to sources.

Laura Granieri

Laura Granieri graduated from Ball State University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning. Upon graduating, she moved to Indianapolis and accepted a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She currently works as Program Coordinator at Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. Laura is passionate about urban planning and the relationship between people and the cities in which they live. In her free time, she enjoys attending events around downtown Indy. For The Grid, Laura will be writing about the exciting changes happening in Indianapolis as the city focuses on redevelopment projects, a new transportation system, and a downtown comprehensive plan.

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5 Responses to “Bike-Sharing’s Coming to Indianapolis”

  1. You_No Says:

    Wow! Indianapolis is testing the waters of creative transportation? Hooray!

    Love the split bike lane/sidewalk image. I can see myself happily cruising my Schwinn Collegiate down that redbrick road.

    Unfortunately, in one way, that image also strongly reminds me of how silly we are to have power and phone lines STILL ABOVE GROUND?! nearly 200 years after the streets were surveyed and laid…

    Indianapolis, cutting down the best pine forests for telephone-pole groves.

  2. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements | The GRID | Global Site Plans Says:

    […] There is seldom a day where people are not out enjoying the trail by foot or on bike. The Cultural Trail has been deemed one of Indianapolis’ greatest assets, and I hope to see it grow as a bike share program comes to the city in the Spring 2014. […]

  3. Rob Says:

    Density of stations is critical. Here’s a good blog post about it, but his points were closely adhered to in NYC.

    http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/07/22/ensuring-the-efficient-workings-of-a-bike-sharing-system/

  4. The Remarkable Success of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail | Streetsblog.net Says:

    […] There is seldom a day where people are not out enjoying the trail by foot or on bike. The Cultural Trail has been deemed one of Indianapolis’ greatest assets, and I hope to see it grow as a bike share program comes to the city in the Spring 2014. […]

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