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Hit the trail!

It’s another Saturday at UIndy. You have plans to attend a concert on campus later, plus a bit of homework to finish up, but for now, it’s time to relax. What to do?

IMG_2269_optWith UIndy’s ideal location just 10 minutes from downtown, many students spend their weekends exploring local attractions with friends.

Juniors Alexandra Kast and Steven Freck (on yellow bikes, at right) prefer to get around on two wheels. In fact, you can often find them riding a pair of the 250 bikes now available through the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program, with locations scattered across downtown and in Fountain Square.

Thanks to the construction of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail—a 7.5-mile bike and pedestrian pathway that connects all six of the city’s cultural districts—people are opting for the more accessible and eco-friendly way to see the city.

The $62.5-million-dollar project took 12 years to plan and six more to build. The city designed the trail to make it easier to explore the city while reducing car traffic and encouraging people to be active. The feature prompted the New York Times to select Indianapolis as one of the world’s 52 places to go in 2014.

Of course, there are more benefits in store for UIndy students. After all, riding a bike is much easier on you and your wallet than having to pay for parking everywhere you go. The trail conveniently runs past nearly 200 restaurants and 50 attractions, such as the Canal Walk, White River State Park, the funky Fountain Square neighborhood, and the Indiana State Museum.

With such a wide variety of things to see and places to eat along the way, you could spend the entire day on the trail before making it back to where you started!

Pacers Bikeshare

30465Indy’s new public bike-sharing system, named after the city’s pro basketball team, features 25 bike stations and 250 bikes all along the Cultural Trail. For only $8, you can purchase a 24-hour pass with unlimited 30-minute rides. Each bike comes with two baskets to store your belongings, an adjustable seat, and a chain lock. The great news is that you can return it to any Pacers Bikeshare station when you’re done, and you don’t have to take it back to your starting point.

So hit the trail, and enjoy your weekends at UIndy!