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Riding Pacers Bikeshare reduces carbon emissions, improves local air quality

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 22, 2020 – Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. (ICT), today announces that Thursday, September 24 will be a Pacers Bikeshare Free Day powered by Knozone. Riders will have free, unlimited 60 minute trips. Knozone encourages people to use Pacers Bikeshare instead of driving a car for everything from running errands, commuting to work to spending time with friends.

Pacers Bikeshare Free Day is powered by Knozone, an initiative of the City of Indianapolis’s Office of Sustainability to improve Central Indiana’s air quality and make the region more sustainable and livable. Residents can discover additional ways that biking improves local air quality by visiting Knozone.com and following the office on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @SustainIndy.

“In Indianapolis, we encourage everyone to adopt daily habits that improve our air quality. By replacing a car trip with Pacers Bikeshare, residents can help lower our collective carbon footprint,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This partnership is an exciting component of our sustainability efforts, as residents will have free access to a convenient transportation option that reduces emissions, connects neighborhoods across the community, and shapes a better city.”

“Pacers Bikeshare is excited to partner with the City to encourage citizens to recreate outdoors and do their part to replace car trips with bikes rides using Pacers Bikeshare,” said Kären Haley, Executive Director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. “In the past 6 years, Pacers Bikeshare riders have helped to improve our local air quality by removing about 1.3 million pounds of carbon riding Pacers Bikeshare instead of driving a car. Using Pacers Bikeshare is an easy way for our residents to do their part to improve our local environment while getting exercise at the same time.”

Anyone wanting to take advantage of free access to Pacers Bikeshare, powered by Knozone on Thursday, September 24 can do so by checking out a bike at any of the 50 Pacers Bikeshare stations. Stations can be found by downloading the BCycle mobile app, visiting PacersBikeshare.org, and along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and the City’s greenway and trail systems as far south as Garfield Park and north to Broad Ripple.  A credit card must still be used when checking out a bike. Any trip over 60 minutes will incur a usage fee of 15 cents per minute.  More information about how to use Pacers Bikeshare is available at www.pacersbikeshare.org.

About Pacers Bikeshare

Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., launched on April 22, 2014, with 250 bikes and 25 bike share stations on, or within a block of, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. After a major expansion in September 2019 Pacers Bikeshare grew to 50 stations and 525 bicycles. Pacers Bikeshare is the city’s non-profit community bike share system, a public-private partnership between the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to enrich lives and connect people and places through dynamic and beautiful experiences and use the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Pacers Bikeshare as a catalyst for economic growth.

About Knozone

Knozone is an initiative of the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability to make Central Indiana one of the Midwest’s most sustainable, livable regions. Through education, resources, and guidance for taking action, Knozone works with residents, schools, and businesses to improve our region’s air quality, making Central Indiana a great place to live, work, and visit.

The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, also referred to as SustainIndy, was created in 2008 and uses best practices in sustainability to enhance the quality of life for all residents in Indianapolis and Marion County. In February of 2019, the office introduced Thrive Indianapolis, the first sustainability and resiliency action plan in the city’s history.

Media Contact:

Kären Haley

Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

(317) 721-8010

khaley@indyculturaltrail.org

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