Nice Ride bike discounts and free helmets available at May 17 event

City employees have until May 31 to take advantage of Nice Ride discounts certificates that are being made available through Human Resources and Nice Ride Minnesota. A Nice Ride membership allows you to check out bikes to run errands, get to meetings or just take an exercise break during day.

Thanks to the discount, employees can purchase an annual membership in the Nice Ride bike sharing program for $15, a savings of $50 off the $65 annual membership fee.

How to obtain a discount certificate

Employees can stop by the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, on Thursday, May 17 between 12:30 and 2 p.m. to pick up a Nice Ride discount certificate and be fitted for a free bike helmet (while supplies last).

If you cannot attend this event, you can request a certificate by emailing Amy.friedman@minneapolismn.gov. (Be sure to provide your name, employee ID number and an inter-office mailing address indicating where the certificate should be sent.) Helmets can only be provided at the Convention Center event because fitting is required.

Enrollment for first-time subscribers

Once you get your Nice Ride discount certificate, you will need to redeem the discount by going to www.niceridemn.org to create an account with Nice Ride Minnesota. You will need to provide your name, home address as well as a credit card number. (The credit card would be charged to pay trip fees if you keep the Nice Ride bike longer than 30 minutes.)  At the end of your account set-up, you will be able to enter in your discount certificate number.

Enrollment for renewing subscribers

To renew a membership you will need Nice Ride discount certificate. Once you have your certificate, you should renew through the Nice Ride website by entering the coupon code when directed through the renewal process. 

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. 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.

For more information about Nice Ride, visit its website or call customer service at 1-866-551-6423.

 

Published May. 9, 2012