The Future is Now - Check Out a Nice Ride With Transit!

Share   |  Posted Nov. 3, 2016 by Bill Dossett

Transit is the most popular transportation app in North America. It’s beautifully designed with a bright, colorful interface that helps users to easily navigate their cities with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, and step-by-step navigation. Transit also integrates other transport modes - bikesharing, carsharing and Uber - so users can determine the best way to get from A to B. It makes everyone a transportation genius (really, try it!) and it works in 125 cities around the world.

Today, something amazing happened. We purchased a Nice Ride membership and checked out a bike with Transit. For the next few days, you can too! And, for a limited time, single rides purchased via Transit or the Nice Ride Bike Share app are only $2.50/half hour!

Minneapolis is the seventh city to take advantage of Transit’s bikeshare payment integration. Other cities, like Chicago, Toronto and Montreal, have seen major uptake of the feature after launching their partnerships. In Chicago, for instance, nearly 10,000 passes were sold through Transit this summer, and in Toronto, almost 20% of all bike share trips are unlocked using the app.

Users can access bikes through Transit in four easy steps.

  • Download and launch Transit
  • Tap on the closest bikeshare station, or the Nice Ride Card below the map, and select “Purchase Access Pass.” Or tap “Sign In” if you’re already a member.
  • Create an account and enter your payment information (if necessary).
  • Choose any available bike, enter the 5 digit unlock code to unlock it, and go for a ride!

Once you have created an account, you’ll stay logged in on the app, so you can buy passes and unlock bikes in the future with no more than a few taps. Existing users can grab a bike without the Nice Ride key, or check to see how many bikes are available and generate a code before arriving at the station.

At Nice Ride, we are all about making smart mobility options simple and convenient. We will continue to support integrations with entrepreneurs like Transit who connect riders with the backbone of every urban transportation system: public transit.

"Simple, one-click apps that make navigating a city by bus, train, bikeshare, and carshare fun are the next breakthrough for urban mobility," said Bill Dossett, Executive Director of Nice Ride Minnesota. We are thrilled to see our members checking out bikes with Transit."

“We want to empower people to get around cities without their own car — in Minneapolis, and in 125 other cities across the globe,” said Jake Sion, Chief Operating Officer at Transit. “We do that by bringing all their options together in one place: users can track the next bus or light rail approaching in real-time, book carshare vehicles, request an Uber, and buy bikeshare passes directly through Transit.”

Transit is available free from Apple iTunes or the Google Play Store.

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