Hear Competing Visions for Bike Share Transition in the Twin Cities

Share   |  Posted Oct. 25, 2017 by Bill Dossett

In August, Nice Ride published a Request for Proposals for Transition of the Twin Cities Bike Sharing System, seeking entrepreneurs with a vision to make bike share bigger, better, cheaper, and more convenient through a privately-funded, dockless model.  We also want to make sure bike sharing will continue to thrive after the venture-capital boom ends, so we asked for transition proposals, not abandon-and-replace proposals.  We received six proposals from established companies and start-ups from around the globe.  Our evaluation committee has selected two finalists, LimeBike and Motivate.

Our Streets Minneapolis and the St. Paul Bike Coalition will host a public meeting for everyone to meet with our finalists and hear their visions for bike share.  Join us on Monday, November 6, from 7-8:30pm at the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Campus Center at Macalester College.   Comment on these visions by sending an e-mail to proposals@niceridemn.org before 5pm on the November 7th.  Your comments will be shared will all participants of the evaluation committee.

Representatives of the following organizations have participated in evaluation committee meetings:

City of Minneapolis
City of St. Paul
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Metro Transit
Mississippi National River and Recreational Area (National Parks Service)
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District
Our Streets Minneapolis
St. Paul Bike Coalition
St. Paul Women on Bikes
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Freewheel Bike
Minnesota Department of Transportation
East Metro Strong
Nice Ride Minnesota

2 Previous comments:

(1) On October 25, 2017, Heidi () said:
Will their proposals be posted online so people who can't attend this meeting can still review the info and comment?
(2) On October 31, 2017, Melissa () said:
Can you confirm the message I heard that the city of Saint Paul is not partnering with Nice Ride any longer?

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Nice Ride bikes are all one size and have been designed to accommodate riders between 5'0" and 6'6" in height. The seat height is easily adjustable. Our bikes are built for quick trips in the city by people wearing regular clothes and carrying ordinary stuff.