Nice Ride recently delayed the start of their riding season to Monday, April 22, after unexpected snow in the second week of the month. Along with the Earth Day start, Nice Ride announced a one-day offer for users of the bike share monopoly’s app.
Riders will be able to use code EARTHDAY19 in the Nice Ride app to unlock a free day pass.
Nice Ride’s media release included quotes from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Bill Dossett, Nice Ride executive director.
This year, Nice Ride will only operate in the Minneapolis market after announcing an exit from the St. Paul market on April 2.
“Increasing access to a diversity of low-cost transit options is a cornerstone of our plan to make Minneapolis a greener and more connected city,” said Frey. “Nice Ride’s expansion and relaunch further those goals and move Minneapolis one step closer to having the transit system our city deserves.”
“There’s no better way to relaunch Minneapolis’ eco-friendly transit option than to welcome Nice Ride back to the streets on Earth Day,” said Dossett. “We’re also hard at work installing hundreds of more places to park bikes and finalizing an expanded equity program for low-income residents. Whether you’re trying bikeshare for the first time on Earth Day or a longtime member, Nice Riders should expect the best season yet.”
The promo code provides a free day pass, which includes unlimited 30-minute rides from station to station.
The regular pricing for Nice Ride is unified across the classic green docked bikes, the blue dockless bikes, and the new black electric-assist docked bikes. Single rides are pay-as-you go with $2 per 30-minute period. All-day passes are $6, and include unlimited 30-minute rides for 24 hours.
Which Nice Ride bike will you ride this summer? Have you ever ridden an “electic-assist” bike? Share your stories and your insights in the comments.
[SENDS NICE RIDE A MIDDLE FINGER FROM SAINT PAUL]
I’m pretty sure the only reason Nice Ride isn’t operating in St Paul is because the city signed an exclusive contract with Lime. So send a middle finger to Lime for pulling out of their contract.
Nope, the city had an exclusive contract with Lime for dockless bikes. Nice Ride didn’t need to pull their bike docks. It was just an excuse.
Then by all means, middle finger away!
wait, are you also esteemed deadspin commenter John Maddening?
No, I am esteemed local minor “celebrity” announcer for the Minnesota RollerGirls and F1RST Wrestling John Maddening. I think that other guy’s my dad’s cousin.
I tried some e-assist bikes in Seattle this February, and they were pretty nice! Essential in a hilly town like that.
Of course, since none of Nice Ride’s bikes are truly dockless, they don’t achieve the goal of being a transit solution.