New Video Shows How Nice Ride Works

Share   |  Posted Apr. 16, 2011 by Ellen Apel

Take a look at this video to learn more about subscription options, how easy it is to get a Nice Ride bike, and how riding station to station can save you from paying Trip Fees.

The team at Fisher Edit, Runner Runner, and Modern Music are big Nice Ride users. Last summer they were spending lots of time telling their friends how it works. So they volunteered to create this video that explains it all. Thanks guys! Check it out and forward to your friends.

9 Previous comments:

(1) On April 18, 2011, One Eyed Jacks () said:
In today's WSJ: Standard & Poors has cut the U.S. credit ratings outlook to negative. Entitlement projects like these green bikes are one reason why. Should money be spent on silly little things like these?
(2) On April 18, 2011, Richard in Minneapolis () said:
In a word, yes. Given the fact that obesity is the number one health threat facing the nation, and given the amount spent on Medicaid and Medicare, any program that gets people out of cars and onto bikes probably produces a net savings - which I guess is why Blue Cross Blue Shield is such a strong supporter.
(3) On April 20, 2011, One Eyed Jacks () said:
Your problem with obesity is not my responsibility, nor is it anyone else’s. These green bicycles are a rolling symbol of grubernment intrusion, excess and arrogance.
(4) On April 21, 2011, spiderleggreen () said:
One Eyed Jerk~ Might not be my responsibility, but we all still are paying the bill when people end up using valuable medical resources because they lived the car/couch lifestyle. Programs like this are a public service that has the potential to bring new people and money to the Twin Cities. I've met people from all over the world who had a better impression of our state because of a ride on one of these bikes.
(5) On April 23, 2011, ML ( said:
Mr One-Eyed-Jack, I think you're looking for any excuse to hate on bicycles. The thought that a one-time federal grant of $1.75m is at the root of a $1.6 trillion deficit is ludicrous.

I could go into detail on the causes, but suffice to say small grants to help promote things like bike share which save money in the long run is the height of hilarity. If you want to look at urban planning problems that contribute to the deficit, look at the massive subsidies for suburban sprawl. But even then, you're off base. The deficit is driven by low revenue due to the recession and an aging population, not bike share programs in Minneapolis. Sorry.
(6) On April 25, 2011, truth () said:
One Eyed Jerk? Really spiderleggreen? Leave it to a progressive to be the first to launch a personal attack on an otherwise civil discussion of issues.
(7) On May 2, 2011, Zak ( said:
Nice video peeps!
(8) On May 9, 2011, Confused () said:
If tax dollars are funding this then why does it cost so much? I mean really for the money you spend go buy a $100 bike at walmart and have it the rest of your life? How about just a start up cost and then its free after that?
(9) On November 6, 2011, Ryan () said:
Dear Confused - If you bought a $100 bike at Walmart I'd be surprised if it lasted one season, and thats if you only rode it in nice weather. So to think it will last the rest of your life is just not true.

The Nice Ride bikes received daily maintenance, and there are crews traveling around the city to ensure there are bikes at every station. Of course, all of these things cost money. Honestly though, if you pay $60 (or sometimes $40) for a yearly subscription, and you keep your trips to 30 minutes or less, then there are no other fees! They even encourage people to hop stations to make it more affordable.

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