2013 Nice Ride Minnesota Season Adds 24 Bike Stations

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The press event kicking off the 2013 Nice Ride Minnesota expansion was a major success! Every news station and media outlet featured today’s ride and rally! Check out the coverage on 5 Eyewitness NewsFOX 9Star TribuneMinnesota Public Radio and CBS Minnesota. We’re thrilled to be a part of the 4th season of Nice Ride Minnesota!

Nice Ride Minnesota, the popular bike-share program, celebrated the addition of 24 new stations today with a rally and kick-off ride at the Historic Fort Snelling. The 2013 expansion brings the total system up to 170 bike share stations and 1,550 bright green bicycles.

Bill Dossett, Nice Ride Minnesota’s executive director, kicked off the event along with speeches from Paul Labovitz, Mississippi River and Recreation Area superintendent, Dave Spalding, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota senior vice president of business development, Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County commissioner, Jayne Miller, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board superintendent and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Thank you to the National Park Service, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and countless others for the success of this expansion, which brought thirteen new stations along the Mississippi River.

Nice Ride MN: Model for Bike-Share Programs

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Nice Ride Minnesota serves as a model and offers guidance for other bike-share programs around the world. The New York Times article talks about how the New York City’s Citi Bike, which will launch on Memorial Day, took ideas from other bike-share programs around the world.

“In Minneapolis, a largely car-dependent public needed to be convinced that bike sharing was not  ‘a crazy socialist notion,’ said Bill Dossett, the executive director for Nice Ride Minnesota, which operates from April to November.”

Read the full article here.

Nice Ride to add at least 41 bicycle stations to the Twin Cities over the next 16 months

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Nice  Ride MN, Minnesota’s public bike share program, is expanding with the help of new grants. Nice Ride Executive Director Bill Dossett said that federal grants and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota funding would allow for the installation of 24 new stations, complete with the unmistakable green bicycles. Read full story in the Southwest Journal.

Nice Ride Bike Share Wraps Up Successful Season

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The green Nice Ride bikes are being packed up for the season. Nice Ride executive director Bill Dossett tells Minnesota Public Radio that nearly 275,000 trips were made in Minneapolis and St Paul this season. Congratulations to all who help make public bike sharing a success. Read the full story at MPR.