Bike sharing program celebrates 50,000 rides and counting

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August 16, 2010 // UPDATED 11:57 am - August 18, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
Nice Ride Minnesota, the public bike-sharing program that launched June 10, is approaching the 50,000-ride mark, according to a statement released today.

A spokesman said Nice Ride was expecting to record its 50,000th bike rental by the end of this week. To celebrate, the non-profit is encouraging Twin Cities residents to take part in the annual Night Owl Classic bicycle ride, a community bicycle ride which departs from historic St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis on Sat., Aug. 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

Details of the event were included in the statement:

“The Night Owl Classic is a ride along the Mississippi River roads of Minneapolis and St. Paul between 7-10:30 p.m. The event offers three routes for riders: A 3.5-mile loop; an 8.5-mile loop and a 16.5-mile loop. Registration for the bicycle ride is between $20-$30, depending on the route.

The roads will be closed to traffic, and helmets and front and rear bike lights are required. All Nice Ride Minnesota bikes are equipped with front and rear lights, as well as reflective wheels. Riders would need to provide their own helmets.

For the event, Nice Ride Minnesota will be on hand with additional bikes for customers to rent for the ride from the St. Anthony Main kiosk, and will also hold a selected number of bikes available for participants who e-mail in advance. They are also encouraging participants to rent bikes from other kiosks and ride them to St. Anthony Main as well.

Standard trip fees will apply; Nice Ride representatives will also be on hand to explain the program and how to easily extend bike usage time to avoid additional trip fees.

Water and snacks will be provided along the routes, along with refreshments at the finish. Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the finish.

More information on the Night Owl Classic can be found at”