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Bloomington bike share operator Pace to shut down operations



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A Pace bicycle can be seen on the rack Thursday on North Grant Street near Pygmalion's Art Supplies. Pace bikes were removed from Bloomington Tuesday and their docks will be removed this week, according to the company. Zheng Guan

The blue and white Pace bikes around the city were removed Tuesday, according to an email the bike share operator sent to customers Tuesday morning.

Zagster, Pace’s parent company, blamed the coronavirus pandemic for its decision to end its bike share operation in Bloomington.

It also faced competition with Bird and Lime scooters. Zagster, Bloomington and IU had a shared agreement before launching the service. Lime and Bird came with little or no warning.

Since coming to Bloomington in mid-2018, Pace installed several docks around downtown Bloomington. The company said the bike racks would be removed this week.

“It has been our sincere pleasure to have you as a customer and to provide bikeshare to thousands of riders over the years,” Pace said in its email. “We thank you for riding with us.”

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