Nice Ride bike discounts will soon be available

Once again, City employees will be able to purchase an annual membership in the Nice Ride bike sharing program at a heavily discounted price. Next month, City employees will be able to buy an annual membership — which sells for $65 — for only $15. Coupons for the $50 City employee discount will be available in a few weeks.

If you purchased an annual membership in 2011, now is a great time to check your Nice Ride account to verify when your 2011 membership expires. Employees who bought a membership last year can extend their membership for an additional year from the original expiration date. (For example, if you purchased your membership in June 2011, you can use your discount certificate in May to extend your 2011 membership — which otherwise would end in June 2012 — for one year, making your new expiration date June 2013.) If you’re a past subscriber, be sure to hang on to your Nice Ride key. When you renew your subscription, you'll keep the same key.

More information about the Nice Ride membership discount process will be published in the April 25 issue of this newsletter and posted on CityTalk.

Discount certificates available May 1

Nice Ride discount certificates will be available to interested employees at the City of Minneapolis’ Employee Health Fair in the City Hall Rotunda on Tuesday, May 1 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

About Nice Ride

Nice Ride Minnesota is a bike-sharing system that provides easy-to-ride, three-speed bikes at more than 100 self-service kiosks. Checking out a Nice Ride bike is a great way to run errands, travel to meetings or appointments, or enjoy an exercise break.

Annual subscribers get a key they insert into the Nice Ride kiosk. With a key, subscribers don’t have to use the pay station, swipe a credit card or pay a security deposit to check out a bike.

Because Nice Ride is designed to encourage short trips, there is no charge for the first 30 minutes of every ride. If you keep the bike longer than 30 minutes, a trip fee is charged. To avoid trip fees, ride your bike to a station near your destination and check the bike into the bike kiosk. When you’re ready to return, check out another bike. That way, you’re restarting the clock for your return trip.

This is Nice Ride’s third season in Minnesota. This year, Nice Ride will be expanding to downtown Saint Paul and new locations along the river in downtown Minneapolis. For more information about Nice Ride, visit its website or call customer service at 1-866-551-6423.

 

Published Apr 12, 2012