Almost Ready to Roll

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MINNEAPOLIS (April 6, 2011) - With a long winter behind us and spring greening almost ready to bust out, Nice Ride Minnesota put on mud boots and began installation of the Nice Ride bike stations last week. Clearing away snow and ice, the Nice Ride crew is installing 73 of the solar-powered, self-service bike share stations now. This includes 8 new stations in North Minneapolis. You may have glimpsed them sprouting up.

Ready for the green bikes? One of our favorite spring sights, the neon green Nice Ride bikes, are scheduled to be activated and ready for use by April 11. To make sure people are ready to use the system, Nice Ride Minnesota is offering a sale on 1-Year Subscriptions. Just $40 through May 31 - a $20 savings, sign up is through the Nice Ride website: www.niceridemn.org.

Most eager to use the green bike is Scott, The Human Do.ing. Scott and his fans will take a ride on the green Nice Ride bicycles in south Minneapolis, this Wednesday, April 6, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. To join Scott, The Human Do.ing, meet at the west entrance to the Global Market, Midtown Exchange, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis and take a spin down the Midtown Greenway. The Human Do.ing is part of the do. Campaign by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, which encourages everyone to groove your body everyday.

Nice Ride expects to install at least 40 additional stations this season. Those stations will expand the Nice Ride network in Minneapolis and extend into St. Paul as far as Dale Street (see attached area map). We are working on plans and permits and will post specific new locations in a few weeks.

Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, is the major contributor of public funds to the bike sharing program. As part of a federal program to increase bicycling and walking as transportation, Bike Walk Twin Cities invests in innovative projects such as Nice Ride and is working with local municipalities to add more than 90 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities area. Bike Walk Twin Cities wants to make bicycling and walking the easy choice.

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2011 Nice Ride Expansion Map
2011 Planned Expansion

 

9 Previous comments:

(1) On April 6, 2011, nice rider () said:
Booo!! Your last post said the bikes would be ready a week ago... it's super nice out, what is the hold up? Come on already!
(2) On April 6, 2011, Freedomrider () said:
Hey, the Crazy Bikes are back!
(3) On April 6, 2011, Biker Chick () said:
Hey Nice Rider! The huge piles of snow and ice on the sidewalks might have something to do with the delay. Give 'em a break!
(4) On April 6, 2011, Karl Narveson () said:
Too bad you're not ready this week. I guess I'll just have to spend the weekend finishing my taxes.
(5) On April 6, 2011, Ben () said:
Be patient Nice Rider the wait will be well worth it!!!
(6) On April 7, 2011, Ed Kohler (http://www.thedeets.com) said:
Great to see the expansion of the network. NE and South Minneapolis will put those bikes to work. Good to see the college crowd in St. Paul getting tied into the network.
(7) On April 7, 2011, Zak () said:
More stations in Northeast please! 13th Ave baby!
(8) On April 8, 2011, Bill (http://www.salon1016.org) said:
I planned to ride from home to KFAI this morning but the stations are not activated yet. Customer service said they would be turned on at noon today!
(9) On April 8, 2011, nice rider () said:
Yippie!! Sorry for being overly harsh earlier, I was just fiending some nice rides! Looks like they've been listening though, as the nice rides are back today! Big thanks to the Nice Ride team and I'm looking forward to a great riding season!

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