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New Bike Sharing Program Debuts in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By June 21, 2010

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The newest bike sharing program in North America started this month with Nice Ride Minnesota.  Phase one brings 1,000 rental bikes and 75 self-serve kiosks into the city of Minneapolis, the #1 bike friendly city in the United States, according to Bicycling magazine.

Under Nice Ride Minnesota, subscribers can rent a bike for short periods from a self-service kiosk and, after riding to their destination, drop the bike off at another kiosk nearby. There is no fee for using bikes 30 minutes or less. However, it's $4.50 for the next hour and $6.00 for each hour past that; an obvious encouragement for short trips and returning the bikes fast rather than hanging on to them all day.  Subscriptions are $5.00/day; $30/month or $60 for a year. 

Check out more information about Nice Ride Minnesota.

Related article: Velib, Paris' bike sharing program

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