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INDIANAPOLIS–The Pacers Bikeshare program is expanding to areas outside of downtown Indianapolis. 

As part of their five-year anniversary, they will add 275 more bikes and 23 new bikeshare stations. The Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) gave the City of Indianapolis a grant of nearly $1 million for the expansion. The Herbert Simon Family Foundation is also making a donation. 

The goal is to make the program accessible to neighborhoods outside downtown and off of the cultural trail. They’ll be at various neighborhoods around the city near the Monon Trail, the White River Trail, and areas like Garfield Park. 

Karen Haley, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director, told our newsgathering partners at WISH-TV that people feel safe and comfortable when they are separated from cars and traffic. 

“We use the city’s Greenway Network as our model for our expansion. We will also be following the Red Line. It’s important to think about transportation as a network of options,” Haley said. 

She says putting Bikeshare where people feel safe and comfortable can really add to the value and quality of life for people in and around Indianapolis. 

The program began April 22, 2014. Since then, people have taken more than half a million trips with the Bikeshare program, ridden more than one million miles, and has had the equivalent of taking 89 cars off the road.

Pacers Bikeshare is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. 

A full map of the expansion can be seen here.