The Night Owl Classic, Saturday Aug. 21: Perfect for a Nice Ride.

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Night Owl Classic

The Night Owl Classic is a non-competitive bike ride held at dusk on closed parkways along the Mississippi River. The ride will start and finish at historic St. Anthony Main and tour some of the Twin Cities' most well known landmarks along the river, all with the back drop of the twinkling skyline. To sign up, go to

Why is the Night Owl Classic perfect for a Nice Ride? Because Nice Ride bikes are built for cruising in the city, day or night, with front and back lights and reflective wheels. Making it easy to explore the sights of Minneapolis is what Nice Ride is all about. There is a Nice Ride station at the Start/Finish at St. Anthony Main. There are several stations on the East and West Bank of the river. As always, the standard trip fees will apply. Want to avoid trip fees while riding the Night Owl? Just check out a bike at the start, then use the stations at either end of the Washington Avenue Bridge or at the Birchwood Cafe (3311 East 25th Street) for a quick check-in to restart the clock and get another 30 minutes with no trip fees.

Help us reach our next major milestone. Nice Ride started service on June 10. Everywhere you look downtown, you see people riding Nice Ride bikes. Our goal is to reach 50,000 trips on Nice Ride bikes by the start of the Night Owl on August 21! We can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a bike ride. Come join us!

All participants in the Night Owl Classic will receive one of five posters created by local artists Kate Van Cleve, Eddie Hamilton, John Vogt, Jao, and Isaac Arvold for the launch of Nice Ride Minnesota.

If you want to to ride the Night Owl on a Nice Ride bike, plan to pick-up a bike at any of the nearby Nice Ride stations and ride that bike to the start at St. Anthony Main, where you can do a quick check-in to restart the clock and get another 30 minutes with no trip fees. If you want Nice Ride to have a bike ready for you at St. Anthony Main, send an e-mail to to let us know. We'll try to have enough bikes avaialble at the start to accomodate everyone who wants one.

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