Nice Ride Minnesota is a non-profit organization that provides public bike sharing and other bike programs to Minneapolis, Saint Paul and greater Minnesota.
To enhance quality of life by providing convenient, easy to use bike sharing and fleet programs that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town.
We see bike sharing and fleet programs that will permanently change the way people
experience and perceive our cities, as well as the way they experience and perceive
Nice Ride will be a catalyst for more vibrant places where people want to
work, live and play.
Nice Ride will stand as a working example of how our state, cities, and industries
create programs that meet critical and shared public goals.
Nice Ride will show that the benefits of alternative transportation are many and lasting
Nice Ride Minnesota was formed through the Twin Cities Bike Share Project, an initiative started by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation in July 2008. The Project evaluated bike share systems through an RFP and developed a non-profit business plan based on a combination of public and private funding. Bike/Walk Twin Cities (a program of Transit for Livable Communities funded through the Federal Highway Administration) announced its financial support in March of 2009, responding to a major funding commitment by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. Nice Ride held its first board meeting in April of 2009 and received non-profit status the following June. Funding for Phase 1 of the bike share system was secured by the end of 2009 and a staff was quickly assembled. In early 2010, we selected Public Bike System Co. (developers of the Montreal Bixi bike share system) to supply our bike share equipment. We formed relationships with two local businesses, Freewheel Bike Shop and Sieco Construction, to help us assemble and install the bike share equipment.
The bike share system became operational on June 10, 2010. Hundreds of people turned out for an inaugural ride down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Phase 1 of the system included 700 bikes and 65 stations throughout Minneapolis. In our first season we logged over 100,000 rides on Nice Ride bikes.
We have aggressively expanded the bike share system since 2010. In 2011 we added 51 stations and another 500 bikes. This expansion took us to in to St. Paul and more areas of Minneapolis. The 2012 expansion added 30 stations followed up by a 24 station expansion in 2013. In 2015 we added another 20 stations for a total of 190. During that same period the size of the fleet increased to over 1700 bicycles. By the end of the 2015 season, riders had taken over 1,750,000 rides on Nice Ride bikes. Much of this work was made possible with support from the National Park Service.
The creation of Nice Ride Minnesota is a remarkable story of cooperation by local professionals-all donating their time—to create something great for the Twin Cities. Each of these firms donated hundreds of hours of staff time to make Nice Ride Minnesota a reality: Dorsey & Whitney (legal), Duffy & Partners (design), Mono (marketing), Grant Thornton (accounting), Roepke (P.R.), and Clockwork Active Media Systems (web development).
Our number one priority is to provide superior service to our subscribers and provide a bike share system that is safe, reliable, and easy to use. In addition to serving more areas, our plans include programs aimed at making the system accessible to a wider range of people. With the support of our title sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Nice Ride has also undertaken projects in Greater Minnesota. Just like when we started in Minneapolis in 2008, we don't know exactly where this initiative will lead. We do know that people all over Minnesota want easy access to smart, healthy transportation.
To learn more about us and how you can help, see: GET INVOLVED.
Nice Ride Minnesota is part of a growing community of people and organizations working for active lifestyles, vibrant cities, and livable public spaces. We’re helping build that community by making it easy for everyone to ride a bike and to feel safe and welcome on a bike. We’re reaching out to neighborhoods, students, office workers, and residents. We're partnering with large and small businesses, local government, transit providers, and universities. Become part of the Nice Ride community.
President: Mark Bixby, Director, U of M/North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
Treasurer: Jan Bjork, Partner, Pieper Whitaker & Bjork LLC
Secretary: Jim Van Iwaarden, Owner, Van Iwaarden Associates
Paul Adelmann, Manager, Community & Local Gov't Relations, Xcel Energy
Jon Armour, Winthrop & Weinstine
Lisa Austin, Planner, MnDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Mark Bixby, Director, UofM/North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
Joseph Duffy, Designer, Duffy & Partners
Andrew Finsness, General Manager, Sheraton Midtown
Mike Gibbs, Marketing consultant
Tim Jensen, Building Supervisor, Downtown YWCA
John Orner, Vice President, Treasury & Chief Investment Officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Katherine Roepke, President, Roepke Public Relations
R.T. Rybak, Executive Director, Generation Next
Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator, University of Minnesota
Ed Surko, Vice President, Commercial Deposit & Payment Solutions Group, U.S. Bank
Janelle Waldock Director of Public Policy & Community Initiatives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Perry Wilson, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Chad Belcher, Operations Technician
Andrew Corson, Fleet Manager
Anthony Desnick, Director, Greater Minnesota Strategies
Bill Dossett, Executive Director
Coreen Elwell, Accountant/Office Manager
D. Alexander Inman, Operations Technician
Alasdair McKernan, Operation Technician
Ian Nancekivell, Operations Manager
Melinda Neville, Nice Ride Bemidji Representative
Jeff Shockley, Operations Technician
John Strharsky, IT Systems Technician
Melissa Summers, Director of Customer Service and Site Planning
Tami Traeger, Outreach and Sponsor Relationship Manager
Mitch Vars, I.T. Director