Nice Ride Minnesota Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Share   |  Posted Jun. 9, 2011 by Bill Dossett

Think back one-year. Nice Ride launched its 65-station system in downtown Minneapolis. People wondered about who would ride the bikes, whether vandalism or accidents would undermine the program in a U.S. city, and how the pricing system would work for Minnesotans. A year later, we're proud to answer those questions and report on the success of the program.

Who will ride the bikes? Everybody.

More than 100,000 trips were taken on Nice Ride bikes in just five operational months in 2010. Since we put the stations back on the streets in early April 2011, more than 37,000 trips have been taken. And the pace is heating up. Almost 3,000 trips were taken last week-end alone. Last year, riders were people between the ages of 16-75, from all over the United States and even from several foreign countries! Most of last year's trips were taken by 24-hour subscribers but usage has shifted. Our subscriber base has more than doubled from 1,300 in December 2010 to 3,200 today. That means more people are incorporating Nice Ride into their everyday lives - to shop, to get to work, to meet friends for a meal, and to get to great destinations in the Twin Cities.

Demonstrated Success

The Twin Cities are a national leader in active transportation. Other cities have been watching Nice Ride to see how it would be accepted and whether fears of vandalism and accidents would come true. We only lost one bike out of 700 last year, and no significant accidents or major injuries were reported. The green bikes are now part of our urban landscape. Planners around the country are taking note. Look for similar systems in every major U.S. city in the next few years.

Riding Station to Station Works for Minnesotans

Bike share pricing encourages users to ride station-to-station, keeping the bikes in circulation. More than 40% of trips in the city stay under 3 miles. The Nice Ride bike is the best tool for those trips - fast, fun, healthy, and inexpensive. While the pricing concept was new and unfamiliar, we're excited to report that the pricing works. In 2010, 98% of trips by our 1-year subscribers were under the 30 minute threshold for fees and that's holding true for the 2011 season as well! Still wondering how it works? Watch the video »

Celebrate with Nice Ride at Open Streets Minneapolis - June 12th

As part of Bike Walk Week, this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis will be open for active transportation only (no motorized vehicles). Come and experience this busy throughway in an entirely different way! Join us at 29th and Lyndale for birthday cake, pedal-powered ice-cream, and slow races.
Learn more about Open Streets Minneapolis »

Thanks to Everyone Who Made Our First Year Great!

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, made the initial purchase of bikes and stations happen. We are thrilled that both are supporting Nice Ride's 2011 expansion, which will add 500 bikes and 43 more stations!
Download a map of the new station locations (2.4 MB pdf)

5 Previous comments:

(1) On June 9, 2011, Martha Ingram () said:
Happy birthday, Nice Ride! And MANY happy returns of the day.
(2) On June 13, 2011, Danneskjold () said:
A study was commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, jointly funded by the British government and the car industry found that a mid-size electric car would produce 23.1 tons of CO2 over its lifetime, compared with 24 tons for a similar gas car. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed. Yep, the Volt is pretty much a vanity purchase for greenies.
(3) On June 15, 2011, karjel () said:
ummmm and you somehow find that relevant to the story at hand? are you trying to imply that biking also produces comparable CO2 to driving a car? oh. right. you're just a troll.
(4) On July 13, 2011, djohnsonnv () said:
Seems like an odd comment to place but still an interesting point. I dislike the idea of hybrid vehicles. Real change is needed in how we travel instead of what we drive. Leaving the cars at home and finding a new way of travel is becoming necessary.

Also, wish you in the cities good luck from the Sin City.
(5) On August 3, 2011, Dawn () said:
That electric cars are not a truly green alternative to petroleum is one more argument in favor of bikes. Relevant? Yeah, next time you're discussing with a friend that needs convincing about the value of Nice Ride!

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Push the front wheel of the bike firmly into the bike dock until the green light on the dock comes on. The green light indicates that the bike is locked and properly returned. If the red light on the bike dock stays on, remove the bike and try another empty bike dock. The bike remains your responsibility until it is properly returned.