Nice Ride bikes (and maybe spring) are returning
Despite our winter that just won’t seem to leave, those green Nice Ride bikes are slowly returning to Minneapolis streets. Bikes have been placed in some self-service kiosks, while others have been temporarily removed to protect the bikes from road salt and snow removal from out latest snowstorm.
Nice Ride Minnesota is a bike-sharing system that provides easy-to-ride, three-speed bikes at self-service kiosks. This is Nice Ride’s fourth season in Minnesota, and Nice Ride is adding a total of 24 new stations for the 2013 season, bringing the total system to 170 bike-sharing kiosks in various locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Last year, Nice Ride had its busiest season ever, with customers using bikes for nearly 275,000 trips.
Past subscribers – check your status
If you’re a past subscriber, log onto NiceRideMN.org to make sure your subscription is still active. If your subscription began in May of last year, your key will remain active until May of this year. When you renew your subscription, you'll keep the same key. To renew your subscription, log in to your account.
How to subscribe
If you’d like to become a subscriber, log onto NiceRideMN.org. With a $65 annual subscription, you can take as many Nice Ride bike trips as you want from early April to November. (Bikes are stored over the winter.) 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.
City discount on subscriptions
In past years, the City of Minneapolis has offered employees a certificate for substantial discounts on annual subscription fees. At this time, there is no word on whether a discount will be offered again. If a decision to offer a 2013 discount is made, details will be announced in this newsletter and on CityTalk.
How NiceRide works
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
Published Apr. 11, 2013