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.

A Park in Progress: Coldwater Spring

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In a recent post, Explore Minnesota reveals the “rebirth” of the Minnesota historic landmark, Coldwater Spring (via Joel Schettler, Minnesota Monthly). Along with REI and the National Park Service, the Mississippi River Fund is currently restoring the 10,000 year old, 29 acre site, keeping the historic Coldwater springhouse and reservoir. The site re-opened on September 1 “as part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, an urban national park.” Join us at Coldwater Spring on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 29. Let the restoration continue! For additional information, please visit http://www.missriverfund.org/.

Images: Courtesy Mississippi River Fund