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Carmel unveils new bike sharing program

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – The city of Carmel officially unveiled their new bike share program and locations Tuesday afternoon.

There are two docking stations. The first one was installed at the City Center by the Palladium and the other one is next to Bazbeaux Pizza in the Arts and Design District.

Carmel is the first city in the country to receive the new “trike” three wheel design. There are also sixteen standard bikes available parked next to them.

They cost is $3 per hour, up to $24. You can also rent a bike for the day, or pay a monthly or annual fee.

The city will pay the company Zagster $1,320 a year per bike per year, plus the one time set up fee of $8,600.

“They are easy to operate and are fun to ride. I’m in my 80’s. I didn’t think I could balance on one. I’m pleasantly surprised,” said Former Carmel Mayor Jane Reiman.

If you want to rent a bike, download the Zagster app. You will then receive a code that will open a box attached to the bike. Inside there is a key that will release the docking station lock.

The Pacers BikeShare program in downtown Indianapolis costs $2 for up to an hour, and $4 for every half hour after that.

In Greenwood, the city is also starting a smaller bike rental program located at the community center. They plan to start that on May 1.

To rent a bike, you’ll need to go into the community center to check it out.

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