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If you have recently visited the Twin Cities or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, it's easy to see why Minneapolis was recently voted America's "best bike city" by Bicycling magazine.  Besides the bustling community of student cyclists, our visitors also encounter many racks of bright green Nice Ride bikes that are available for rental to the public. 


Nice Ride Minnesota was formed through the Twin Cities Bike Share Project, an initiative started by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation in July 2008. In total, there are about 95 Nice Ride Stations in the network, and that number continues to grow.


The mission of Nice Ride is to enhance the quality of our urban life by providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town.


To use Nice Ride, users can purchase either a day subscription, or yearly subscription, and users can take as many trips as they want during each subscription. There is no trip fee for the first 30 minutes of every trip, but trips lasting more than 30 minutes will be charged hourly fees. When you are through with your Nice Ride bike you can return it to any station in the system, which makes it convenient for our students who want to rent a bike on one end of campus, and return it to a station at the other end!


The availability of Nice Ride bikes in the Twin Cities is great, especially for those looking for a day trip into the city from campus, hitting a dirt trail, or riding around the Chain of Lakes. Nice Ride provides a chance to see a bigger part of our beautiful location. Many students bring their own bike to campus, but if you choose to leave it at home, take advantage of Nice Ride on your next visit to Minneapolis. For more information, including subscription and hourly pricing, visit the Nice Ride Minnesota website today.


Pictured below is one of the Nice Ride bike racks that I see every day as I walk to work, class, or anywhere else that my day might bring me. Nice Ride is everywhere!




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