Bike share program gets rolling in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is recognized as one of the most bikeable cities in the U.S. Now, it’s home to the nation’s largest bike sharing system in the country.

The system, called Nice Ride Minnesota, began providing wheels to bicyclists this month. There are around a thousand bikes available at 75 kiosks located throughout downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minneapolis campus and in a number of nearby areas. Subscribers to the Nice Ride service can check out a bike, pedal around town, then return the bike to any of the other kiosks. An annual subscription to Nice Ride costs $60 ($50 for students) and includes coupons worth up to $500 to local retailers and eateries that operate within the service area.

Nice Ride Minnesota is a nonprofit organization created to bring public bike sharing to the metro area. It receives major financial support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Transit for Livable Communities’ Bike Walk Twin Cities program.

For more information on Nice Ride Minnesota, including a map of kiosk locations, go to www.niceridemn.org.

Published Jun. 15, 2010