A Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant will fund the addition of approximately 250 more bikes and 25 more bikeshare stations in the metro area next year. Indianapolis Cultural Trail executive director Kären Haley said, “By expanding Pacers Bikeshare to neighborhoods and along the City’s bicycle network and transit corridors, we will bring affordable and convenient transportation to more of our city’s residents, neighborhoods, and destinations.
“We know Bikeshare along the Cultural Trail works and we want to follow that same successful model as we expand,” Haley said. “The greenway network provides great expansion opportunity.” Midtown corridors include the Monon Trail and Central Canal Towpath. Once federal funding is released Jan. 1, Haley expects installation to begin in spring 2019.
Additionally, Haley announced a new business partnership program targeting business and property owners who want a Pacers Bikeshare station. “We get requests from businesses all the time about installing a station near their business,” she said. But the upfront cost of a station can be substantial. “They get sticker shock, but with this opportunity, we can use federal funds to buy down the cost for the private sector who may want to place stations at their business or on their property. This will help us stretch federal dollars farther,” she said.
In addition to fund-raising for the local match, the federal grant requires a series of public input sessions, now under way. “This is the start of a longer process,” Haley said. “We’ll analyze the info we gather and later this summer or early in fall we’ll drill down to the intersection level as to where stations should go.” Add your recommendations at PacersBikeshare.org