Starting September 2018, about 1,500 new bikes will be added to Nice Ride's existing bikeshare fleet in Minneapolis. The new bikes will be equipped with GPS and mobile-friendly technology that won't require them to be returned to the stations like we’re used to.
Instead, they will be returned to designated parking zones that will need much less equipment and maintenance. The new bikes will include a locking mechanism that will allow them to be left at (and rented from) hundreds of other designated parking zones in the city - as well as the other two hundred stations in our current system. This should eventually allow Nice Ride to expand its service area to cover the entire city limits of Minneapolis.
Simply by using a cell phone you'll be able to find, unlock, and start and end your trip - from hundreds of designated parking zones in the city (in addition to some of the existing stations you're using now).
To deploy the new system and ensure that the parking locations use sidewalks and other public spaces in accordance with City of Minneapolis regulations, Nice Ride is working with Community Design Group to develop and design:
Where you fit in
We need your help to plan and implement the new system. Use this website to contribute your ideas, learn about what we've done so far, and find out about next steps for the project.
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What we're working on
What we've done so far
We kicked off this work with a community forum on April 25 at Day Block Brewing. The forum was very well attended, with about fifty people stopping in and participating. We received literally hundreds of ideas and comments for implementing next steps for the system. We are working from these ideas and others brought forward by partners for developing our approach.
You can learn more about the forum here >