I loved riding a bike as a kid, mostly to try to keep up with my older siblings. As an adult I've enjoyed riding too, but I enjoy more leisure bike rides on a trail or to a destination that involves a good snack. Bike share programs are a great way to easily explore an area of town or local trails while visiting or even for locals who may not own a bicycle.
The town of Plainfield, Indiana, has the county’s first bike sharing program, Pedal With Plainfield. This program started in the fall of 2019 but soon had to shut down when the global pandemic hit a few months later. It started back up in 2022 and has been doing well since -- with more than 360 miles ridden in April 2023 alone!
It's easy to use and boasts lots of places to ride.
How Does It Work?
It’s pretty easy. Download the "Koloni Travel" app to your phone and use it to unlock a bike at any of the docking stations listed below. You'll have to enter your information and link to a form of payment.
Enjoy your ride, and take care of your bike by locking it to any available bike rack when making stops at public places.
You can rent a bike for free the first 30 minutes and will be charged $2 for each additional hour. Riders also have the opportunity to pay a membership subscription rate.
Memberships can be purchased for $25 for the 2023 season or $15 for a single month. You can find more information on the town of Plainfield's website.
When you are finished with the bike, return it to any dock and end your ride on the app.
The bicycle docking stations can be found at the following locations:
- Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road
- Friendship Gardens, 575 S. Center St.
- Hummel Park, 1500 S. Center St.
- Franklin Park, 300 N. Mill St.
- Swinford Park, 1007 Longfellow Lane
- Bicentennial Plaza, just off U.S. 40 west of the Oasis Diner
- New in 2023: The Shops at Perry Crossing, 2499 Perry Crossing Way
- New in 2023: MADE@Plainfield, 1610 Reeves Road
Not only do the trails link the town's beautiful parks, but the Plainfield Town Center is within walking distance of these trails. You can access parks, restaurants and shops while utilizing a Pedal with Plainfield Bike.
As long as you can find a bike at one of the stations, you can enjoy a beautiful afternoon on a bike with some friends and family.
Some Insider Tips for Your Ride
Bike sharing provides an opportunity for users to be physically active while enjoying the area. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors!
Practice bike safety while you are out exploring -- look around, follow the road signs, bring your helmet, communicate with those around you, etc.
Stephanie Singh, Director of Communications and Marketing with the Town of Plainfield suggests enjoying the trails while you check out a bike. With more than 30 miles of trails in Plainfield, it's definitely a great place to enjoy a bike ride!
If you want to spend some time in nature, you can also utilize the trails that connect to key destinations in Plainfield.
Check the weather and dress appropriately. The bikes have a small basket in the front where you can store a few things like a light jacket, water bottle, local items you've found at the shops or your leftovers from a restaurant.
You can dock your bike at any of the docking stations, so you can plan ahead on where you want to go. For example, you can check out a bike at Friendship Gardens Park, ride the trails and paths over to the Bicentennial Plaza and dock your bike there and enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Oasis Diner before heading back.
Most of all: have fun. Adventures may not go as planned but being outside and checking out what Plainfield has to offer should be an enjoyable experience.