By Sandy Leuthner - Sr. Communications & Advocacy Consultant

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Top 4 reasons to explore the Twin Cities with Nice Ride Minnesota

April 19, 2017

There’s nothing quite like exploring the Twin Cities on a bike. Whether it’s riding along the Mississippi river, around the chain of lakes, or through the many parks and open spaces in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a bike from Nice Ride Minnesota —  the city-wide bike-share program—  is the perfect way to get around. Here are four reasons why.

1. It’s Easy

When the weather turns warm in the Twin Cities, it’s hard not to notice the green bikes all over town. With more than 200 Nice Ride stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, finding a place to pick up or drop off a bike couldn’t be easier. Rent from the station nearest you. Then return the bike at any station you’d like. Bike to lunch or dinner, your favorite shop, or just go for a joy ride.

Tip: Download the Nice Ride Bike Share app. It’s free and gives you all of the information you need, right on your phone. You’ll always be able to find the nearest station, rent and unlock bikes and manage your membership.


2. It’s Fun

Sure, riding a bike is great way to get from Point A to Point B, but it’s also a great way to add a bit of adventure to your life. Best of all, Nice Ride bikes are comfortable and stress-free. With more than 18 miles of on-street bikeways and hundreds of miles of paved trails, the Twin Cities is one of the best places anywhere to ride a bike.

Tip: If you are feeling rusty on your biking skills or want to know the rules of the road, check out the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook.


3. It’s Budget-Friendly

Purchasing and maintaining a bike can be expensive. Whether you are a metro-area resident or just visiting the Twin Cities for a few days, Nice Ride is a great option for a budget-friendly bike ride. There are yearly memberships, a 30-day pass, or pay as you go. There are also 24-hour and 30 minute passes, so you can ride as you please.

Tip: Before you head out, check out the many maps and resources to help you find your way.


4. It’s Good for You

Last, but not least, exercise is crucial for good health, both mentally and physically. Riding a bike, like all physical activity, improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle and improves coordination.

 Bonus: Being active outdoors can help to boost your mood and decrease tension.


Nice Ride Minnesota just launched their eighth season. Riders this year will add to the more than 2.2 million trips taken since June 2010.  Blue Cross has been the title sponsor from the very beginning, funded with tobacco settlement dollars through its Center for Prevention.


Not in the Twin Cities? Nice Ride also has bikes in Rochester and Bemidji.

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