Share | Posted Dec. 29, 2010 by Bill Dossett, Mitch Vars
In the Fall, Nice Ride hosted six bike share expansion planning workshops in Minneapolis and St. Paul. These workshops were open to the public and each was attended by an average of 35 - 40 people. Approximately 840 location recommendations, along with 560 questions and comments were received. Antonio Rosell of Community Design Group led these workshops and compiled a report recommending locations for 130 additional bike share stations. These recommendations are based on a combination of factors, including the public input, land use characteristics, proximity to transit, and potential funding. Please note that these locations are preliminary. Actual installations will vary based on permitting, site specific considerations (including available space, lighting, and visibility), and funding. Locations in North Minneapolis will be adjusted based on recommendations generated through focus groups.
Nice Ride Minnesota is currently seeking funding from a combination of public and private sources for the Phase 2 expansion. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota spurred our fund-raising efforts by pledging up to $1.5 million towards Phase 2 (contingent on obtaining public funding proportionate to the successful Phase 1 public/private partnership).
Thank you to all who shared their time and ideas to attend a planning workshop!
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