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Bike share program launches today

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INDIANAPOLIS -
Visitors and residents in Paris, France can hop on a bicycle and take quick trips around the streets of the city. Velib, as it is called, is now coming to Indianapolis - only under a more familiar name.
     
The Indiana Pacers Bike Share program officially launches today along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Visitors will see 250 bright yellow bicycles which are available at 25 docking stations.
     
The idea is to give downtown workers and visitors another commuting option.
     
Karen Haley with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail explained, "It's a bike share program, not a bike rental program. so for a 24-hour pass, you have unlimited 30-minute increment access to bikes."

Organizers expect tourists might use it to visit neighborhoods near downtown. Workers could use bikes to go to lunch, or to a meeting.
     
That's how Luke Leising sees it.  He says his workplace was contemplating starting its own bike share until the city stepped up. "It's a great way to get around Indianapolis,' Leising said. "(We) can get one of these to go to a meeting downtown and back."
     
The Indiana Pacers Bike Share program, paid for through a donation by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, is meant for short jaunts, not long rides.
     
The cost for a 24-hour pass is eight dollars. An annual pass costs $80. A ride over the allotted 30-minute interval costs a few dollars more for each additional half hour.

A 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at Bankers Life Fieldhouse officially launched the bike share program Tuesday. A launch party at City Market is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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