Read Nice Ride Minnesota's Updated Nonprofit Business Plan

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Minnesotans wrote the first nonprofit business plan for large-scale bike sharing in 2008. That plan led to the formation of Nice Ride Minnesota, which purchased bikes and stations with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and sponsorship by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The City of Minneapolis became fiscal agent, auditing our implementation to make sure we followed the plan and complied with our public grants. It worked. Nice Ride grew from 65 stations to 200 and is relaunching that publicly-funded equipment now.

The bike the share industry is changing fast. "Dockless" systems create the potential to serve more people in more places at lower prices, but the current implementation is causing problems with low-quality bikes parked in ways that obstruct sidewalks and streets. Last summer, the Nice Ride Board of Directors sought proposals from privately-funded companies to deliver a dockless pilot that will solve these problems while continuing to operate our existing bikes and stations until we know the dockless model is sustainable. Following the recommendation of a local stakeholder committee, the Nice Ride Board selected Motivate, which operates the oldest and largest bike sharing systems in North America.

On April 27, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on a proposal to amend the Grant Funded Agreement between the City and Nice Ride. The Amendment would obligate the Nice Ride Board to follow this Updated Nonprofit Business Plan. Under this Plan, Nice Ride will change from an operating model to a contracting and oversight model. The Board will sign a contract with Motivate that will assure both quality and collaboration over the remaining period of our public grants. It will do that through data-sharing, minimum service levels, and an equity plan. The Nice Ride Board will oversee this contract following the same Mission and Vision Statement that has guided us since 2008.

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From the FAQ

Am I required to wear a helmet?

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