Sunday, April 20, 2014


If you're not following us on Instagram you're missing out on some filtered, unfocused, Nice-Ride-themed pictures. Here's some new ones:

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Spam You've Been Waiting For: Introducing a Google Group Listserv

Do you want tons more email from strangers that you'll probably never read? Then we've got just the thing: the Nice Riders Google Group. Don't worry, you can unsubscribe from the emails and just use the web interface.

I'm hoping to foster some direct communication between members instead of the top down Twitter approach. So join today. As long as there are zero other members you're guaranteed to receive zero emails.

If you do join, just keep the posting at least tangentially related to Nice Ride (cycling, local events, Open Streets, etc).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nice Ride Q&A: Funding Exists for 17 New Stations

Last Friday afternoon marked the beginning of Nice Ride Minnesota's fifth season of bike-share in the Twin Cities. The system's size and geographic layout for 2014 remains largely the same as last season. But there's still plenty of change as subscribers are introduced to more generous ride times of 60 minutes, and prospective members are given the option of monthly subscriptions. Anthony Ongaro, Nice Ride's Director of Marketing, agreed to discuss what's new and what's to come for Nice Ride and bike-share in general.

The Irresistable Value & Convenience of Bike-share

Nice quick read about bike-share from a formerly skeptical, and now devoted fan of Capital Bikeshare:
Cut to a year later, and I now recognize that the beauty of Capital Bikeshare lies not in how different or new the concept is but rather in how incredibly useful and easy it is to use. It seems likely that Steve Jobs, arguably the king of innovators, would have approved of Capital Bikeshare’s ability to become a break-out hit that consumers didn’t even know they wanted it in the first place.

The key, it seems to me, seems to be in the Tribbles-like way Capital Bikeshare stations have proliferated around the Washington D.C. region. That and the service’s 24-hours-per-day availability give CaBi an advantage (for short trips at least) over bus and rail. Likewise, CaBi’s flexibility in allowing for one-way trips (a must during inclement weather) gives it an advantage over bike ownership.
You should read the whole thing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Legend of @jeffg985

You've probably never heard of @jeffg985. But he once made the trip from Lake Nokomis to Lake Harriet on a Nice Ride bike in 26 minutes(!)--becoming a living legend in the process. Spandex-clad witnesses on fancy 3 lb bicycles claim to have never seen him; but he was there, if only a bright green blur. And he has a screenshot to prove it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nice Ride 2014 Map

Here are some pictures of the new 2014 map. They're hi-res so blow them up for a detailed look.

Hi-res: Minneapolis / St. Paul.

Changes I've noticed in my part of south Minneapolis: the Triangle park station at 24th St is gone. The station at 29th and Lyndale is gone. Station moved two blocks south from 5th Ave and 27th St to a new location directly on the Greenway.

It was pointed out to me on Twitter that the station at Grand/Lexington in St. Paul is not there this year.

Let me know if you've noticed any other changes. Pics below the fold.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For Nice Ride, a Drive to Court Drivers

Nice Ride plans to give away thousands of branded license plate frames at Open Streets in Minneapolis this year.
The Nice Ride Minnesota bike-share program will begin its fifth season with a focus on outreach to full-time, devoted car drivers. As Richard Bobby, Nice Ride’s Director of Driver Outreach, explained, “We need to communicate that we understand the plight of the driver, and we think these new ideas can accomplish that.” These ideas range from promotional freebies to more serious efforts aimed at making drivers comfortable with the idea of biking as a daily transportation routine.

Beginning this season, the portion of Nice Ride’s budget previously devoted to green helmet giveaways at events like Open Streets, will instead be spent on items like license plate frames and antenna toppers (to help avid drivers find their cars in the boundless expanse of suburban parking lots).

Mr. Bobby believes the branded swag will serve as outreach beyond just the drivers who receive it. “If one driver on the highway sees another driver with a branded Nice Ride license plate frame or antenna topper, we want all the other drivers to think to themselves, ‘Maybe Nice Ride users aren’t the far-out, tattooed, body-pierced, bearded freak-shows we thought; maybe riding a bike isn’t so bad; maybe I could do that!'”