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.