Bike sharing allows individuals to check out bicycles for short trips. It provides residents and visitors a healthy, fun and alternative way to get around town. The local non-profit Nice Ride Minnesota operates Minneapolis’ bike sharing system. Individuals must purchase subscriptions to check out bicycles – these are offered at daily, monthly, and yearly rates. The sturdy bicycles are designed for everyday trips, featuring three speeds, comfortable seating, a chain guard, a basket, fenders, and built-in lights. The bike share system was built by Public Bike System in Montreal, Quebec. The same system is currently in operation in several cities, including Montreal, Boston, Washington, D.C., London and Toronto.
From April to November approximately 1,200 bicycles are located at 116 kiosks in Downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, nearby commercial areas and along key east-west corridors in St. Paul. In 2010, 100,800 trips were made using Nice Ride bicycles and in 2011 the number of trips increased to 217,530. Nice Ride is planning for significant expansion to downtown St. Paul in 2012. View the real-time map to see bicycle availability.
For questions about the Nice Ride system, call Customer Service at 1-877-551-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about permits for the placement of Nice Ride Kiosks around the city, please contact Bob Boblett in the Public Works Right-of-Way office at (612) 673-2428 or Robert.Boblett@minneapolismn.gov.
Funding for bike sharing was provided by Bike Walk Twin Cities, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention, the City of Minneapolis, and many private sponsors.
Last updated Feb. 1, 2012