The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // ROLL OUT: Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear cuts the ribbon at the Riverwalk on Friday to open the city’s new bike-share program.
The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // ROLL OUT: Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear cuts the ribbon at the Riverwalk on Friday to open the city’s new bike-share program.
The weekend forecast predicts snow, but that didn’t stop Noblesville from rolling out the newest addition to the city.

In a partnership with Zagster, Inc., a provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems, Noblesville launched its own bike-share program that will give residents and visitors a convenient and healthy way to get around.

“This has been a longtime coming,” said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. “We’ve got the perfect place — a beautiful place — so we’re just excited to do this.”

The program, which was spearheaded as part of a residency project by Huntington University Ph.D. candidate Charlotte Arnos, has been in the works for about a year. Starting Friday, 10 cruiser bikes became available between the city’s two stations — Forest Park and the Riverwalk — for residents to use at their convenience.

Arnos wanted to encourage city residents to spend time outdoors in an effort to combat the rising prevalence in physical health, she said, and a bike-share program fulfilled both those desires.

“Being in the healthcare field, I really wanted to bring something where we can promote physical activity and obesity prevention while also promoting leisure activity … this is a great chapter in the City of Noblesville, and we hope it takes off.”

Five bikes will be located at both docking stations, and a third, at Midland Trace Trailhead, will be added later this spring, said Noblesville Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Mike Hoffmeister.

Each bike includes a basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, the newspaper and other personal belongings. And — because safety is important — every bike comes equipped with automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors. Riders must be at least 18-years-old to rent a bike, Arnos said, and every user is required to abide by Indiana bicycle laws.

Carmel and Westfield already use Zagster’s program, and Noblesville riders will be able to bike between any city in the county and leave their bike at any Zagster docking station. “We want to provide alternative transportation opportunities,” Hoffmeister said. “Not only to stay within Noblesville, but to go outside of Noblesville and visit other areas.”

Riders can view stations and bikes in the free Zagster app, available on the App Store and Google Play, or online at bike.zagster.com/noblesville. One tap in the app unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster docking station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Hamilton County Tourism and BorgWarner both contributed to the creation of the program. For more information about the bike-share, visit bike.zagster.com/noblesville.