NiceRide Minnesota: Why Bike Sharing Works for Multi-Bike Owners
Last spring I won a free season pass for NiceRide MN through QBP (our distrubutor and big momma) on a Ride-to-Work day. This coming weekend they'll start closing down the kiosks and pack up the bikes for the winter. I figured I'd provide a short review of the service for y'all: it's freaking awesome.
- There are stations nearly everywhere I want to go in town
- Less commitment to the bike—I could go one way and ditch the bike. With my own ride, I'd be committed to riding it home, locking it up, etc.
- Trips under 30 minutes are free. It never took me that long to get anywhere I wanted to go.
- "Normal" clothes—I was able to wear pants without rolling up the cuffs
- Integrated head and taillights—no worrying about if my blinky's batteries are dead or running back into the house to grab 'em.
- Friends—my bikes don't always fit my visitors from out of town. The NiceRides work for anybody.
- The bikes are there in a pinch—twice I ended up using a NiceRide to get [closer to] home when the need called. Without my NiceRide key, I'd have been up a certain creek without the necessary implement to maneuver it, know what I mean?
- Mobile App—find a station within walking distance with your smart phone