B-cyclers pedal down a street near downtown Madison Wisconson. Photo courtesy of Claire Hurley.

B-cyclers pedal down a street near downtown Madison Wisconson. Photo courtesy of Claire Hurley.

Bike share is coming to Indianapolis. In a press release issued today, the City of Indianapolis’ Board of Public Works approved a $1 million contract to purchase equipment for a bike share program that is expected to launch in May 2014.

The $1 million is going to come from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s MAP-21 program.

“Indianapolis continues to take great strides in providing people more transportation options,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said.  “Coupling this announcement and the exciting new car share announcement shows that Indianapolis is taking bold new steps to attract new people and talent into our city.”

The system, which will launch in the densest downtown area, will be operated by Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., (ICT, Inc.) with equipment supplied by B-cycle, which has supplied equipment for the Denver, Houston and Kansas City bike share programs, to name a few.  The City and the operator expect operations to be funded by memberships and user fees.

You can read the full release here. And if you’d like to find out more of what Mayor Ballard and Indianapolis is doing to encourage cycling, check out this great video by Streetfilms.