Pacers Bikeshare offering free rides for first Knozone day of the year

Bikes docked at a Pacers Bikeshare station in Indianapolis (WTHR Staff)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The sunshine and high temperatures expected Friday also puts central Indiana's air quality at risk.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has declared an Air Quality Action Day — or Knozone Action Day — for counties in central and southeast Indiana.

IDEM suggests walking, biking or carpooling to places you need to go to help protect the air quality.

To help with that, the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability is partnering with Pacers Bikeshare to offer free access to the city's bike share program Friday.

"It's up to all of us as residents of Indianapolis to do our part to maintain a healthy air quality to improve our community," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. "This partnership provides residents free access to an easy, convenient and sustainable transportation option that helps to reduce emissions in our city."

Riders can use the bikes for 30 minutes at no cost. Trips longer than 30 minutes will cost 15 center pere minute.

There are 250 bikes at 29 Pacers Bikeshare stations across Indianapolis. To see all of the stations around the city, click here.