The Minneapolis bike share program, Nice Ride Minnesota, will launch Thursday. The Walker just got its bike station a few days ago. All it needs is bikes! It’s located on Hennepin Avenue, near Groveland Terrace. Maybe you’ve noticed these kiosks popping up around town too. I saw one at Birchwood Cafe in the Seward neighborhood and another at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD).
This bike share program is ideal for short trips. Say, you live in the Seward area and on a gorgeous Saturday morning you decide to enjoy brunch at Birchwood Cafe and then check-out a Nice Ride bike and head over to the Walker to partake in Open Field activities. You check-in the bike at the Walker kiosk and chill on the hill and grab a beer. Then it’s time to meet friends for dinner on Eat Street, so you check-out another bike and ride on over to MCAD. There are so many choices, but you decide on Pancho Villa for its tasty piña coladas (ask for it minus the whipped cream) and nachos. It’s getting late (you’re no longer a spring chicken…you’re almost 30) so you return to MCAD and check-out your last bike of the day and head on home and drop-off the bike at Birchwood. What a perfect day.
To figure out how to use Nice Ride, visit http://www.niceridemn.org. Subscriptions are super reasonable and once you subscribe, all 30 minute and under rides are free, so bike fast.