Share | Posted Mar. 21, 2012 by Bill Dossett
Amazing late-winter weather has everyone clamoring for the return of the green bikes. Nice Ride is on the way! The bikes are ready, we’re training new staff and preparing for our third season. You should see the first of our stations appear on the streets about March 26. We expect to distribute bikes and run a few tests on about April 2. If all goes according to plan, we'll open the system soon after that.
Keep an eye on the station map. Stations appearing in gray have not been installed, stations appearing in red are on the street but not in service, stations appearing in green are in service and ready for use.
Make sure you hang on to your Nice Ride key. If your subscription began in May of last year, your key will remain active until May of this year. When you renew your subscription you'll keep the same key. Renewals are quick and easy, just log in to your account. If you have questions, contact customer service at 1-866-551-6423.
You'll notice a few changes this year:
Nice Ride will be expanding into downtown St. Paul in May and June. Specific locations still being finalized, but soon the green bikes will be seen rolling along streets with names like Kellogg and Wabasha. We'll also be adding additional locations along the river in Downtown Minneapolis.
With support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, we'll be distributing great looking Nice Ride helmets throughout the summer. Check back for additional detail and places where you’ll have a chance to get one of your own.
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