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This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States

A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.
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Courtesy of Nice Ride Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS—In March 2012, when winter was at long last loosening its hold on the plains of Minnesota, something a bit unexpected showed up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. On each of three street corners, 5,000-pound blocks of ice appeared overnight. Trapped inside were the bright green bikes of the city's bike-share system, Nice Ride.

The ice started melting. Spring was on the way. And, these days, spring in Minneapolis means taking a Nice Ride.