MINNEAPOLIS (March 31, 2017) - Nice Ride Minnesota, with support from title sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, is excited to announce the successful launch of their eighth season starting April 3, 2017. Minnesotans and those that visit have generated over 2,240,500 trips within the iconic green bike share system since its launch in June 2010.
Nice Ride is excited to share many new initiatives for those who visit, work, live and play in the Twin Cities for the 2017 season. “It’s important that we continue to grow in a way that meets the demands of our customers and our community. Whether it’s a trip to explore Stone Arch Bridge, going to the local co-op, or getting to work or a concert, we are working to adjust the system to get you there in a fun, healthy and safe way,” said Bill Dossett, executive director of Nice Ride Minnesota.
New pricing for 2017
Back by popular demand, Nice Ride is returning the 24-hour pass at 2015 rates. For $6 riders receive unlimited 30 minute trips with usage fees charged to trips exceeding 30 minutes at an additional $3 per half hour.
The single trips option is returning for only $3 per half hour, a 25 percent price reduction from 2016. The popular $18 - 30 day and $75 – 1 Year membership prices remain the same as 2016.
Ride easier with the smartphone app
For the first full season, Nice Ride users can pay for trips via the official “Nice Ride Bike Share” and “Transit” apps for Apple and Android phones. Simply create an account, walk to a station, select “Rent Bike,” enter the unlock code shown on the screen, and ride.
More stations and more bikes
With assistance from the National Park Service and Blue Cross, Nice Ride will be adding three new stations and 100 more bicycles to its system this year, bringing station count to 201 and bike count to 1,900. New stations will be partnered alongside the National Park Service’s Mississippi River Paddle Share stations to enjoy a paddle/bike share experience on the Mississippi River.
Expanding access for everyone
Nice Ride aims to help make biking something everyone can do. By providing programs, scholarships and education sessions, we are increasing access for people new to bicycling and its benefits, and for those who want to bike, but may have barriers that get in the way. Last year Nice Ride provided access to the system to nearly 600 people, giving over $40,000 worth of annual memberships through Twin Cities’ organizations serving people in need.
About Nice Ride Minnesota
Launched in 2010, Nice Ride Minnesota is the nonprofit organization that operates the Twin Cities bike sharing system. Our mission is to enhance quality of life by providing convenient, easy to use bike sharing and fleet programs that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town. We are part of a growing community of people and organizations working for active lifestyles, vibrant cities, and livable public spaces. We’re helping build that community by making it easy for everyone to ride a bike and to feel safe and welcome while riding. For more information go to www.niceridemn.org
About The Center for Prevention
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota delivers on Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to improve the health of all Minnesotans by tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating. Funded through proceeds from Blue Cross’ historic lawsuit against the tobacco industry, they collaborate with organizations statewide to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state. Visit CenterforPreventionMN.com for more information and to see a timeline celebrating the Center’s 10-year anniversary.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (bluecrossmn.com), with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.
About the National Park Service
The mission of the National Park Service (NPS) – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MISS) is to “protect, preserve and enhance the significant values of the waters and land of the Mississippi River corridor within the Minneapolis – St. Paul Metropolitan Area.” The Mississippi is America’s greatest river, which weaves together the heartland’s natural and cultural heritage and economic vitality. MISS works with partners like Nice Ride Minnesota to increase awareness, stewardship, and recreation enjoyment of this unique national park. Formore information go to www.nps.gov/miss