Share | Posted Oct. 26, 2010 by Bill Dossett
Nice Ride Minnesota launched the largest public bike sharing system in America on June 10. As we approach the 100,000-ride milestone and the close of our first season, Nice Ride is planning a major expansion!
Part of our expansion is already funded. We will add at least six stations in North Minneapolis next year and are holding planning meetings there now.
But Nice Ride has much bigger plans. Mayor Rybak, Mayor Coleman, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Pat Geraghty are helping Nice Ride seek Phase 2 funding for a major expansion. We want to serve neighborhoods on all sides of downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, and the Grand Avenue/University Avenue corridor.
We kicked off Phase 2 planning with a metro-wide meeting on September 15. Now we are holding workshops so you can show us where you want a Nice Ride station in your neighborhood.
Downtown St. Paul Workshops
Wednesday, November 3, 6:30-8:00 pm, at First National Bank Building, 1st floor training center, 5th and Minnesota entrance / 332 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Friday, November 5, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at First National Bank Building, 1st floor training center, 5th and Minnesota entrance / 332 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
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Northeast Minneapolis Workshop
Tuesday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm, at Hedberg Maps, Northrup King Building (enter by Van Buren Street) / 1500 Jackson St NE, Suite 314, Minneapolis, MN 55413 / 612-706-9686
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South and Southwest Minneapolis Workshop
Thursday, November 11, 6:30-8 pm, at Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, 2834 10th Av. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Enter on Greenway between 10th Ave. and Chicago Avenue.
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University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor Workshop
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Laura Jeffrey Academy, 1550 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105.
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If you are unable to attend a workshop, we still want your ideas. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice Ride Minnesota is a local non-profit. Our current system includes 65 self-service bike share stations and 700 bikes. We bought this equipment through generous contributions from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities; and the City of Minneapolis.
While it's not required, Nice Ride recommends that everyone wear a helmet. Keep a helmet at work or in your locker. Freewheel Bike offers 20% off Trek helmets to all Nice Ride Subscribers (bring your Nice Ride key or a receipt from any Nice Ride station). Pick-up a helmet at Freewheel's West Bank store or the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center