May 28, 2013
Public Kick-off Ride & Rally May 30
MINNEAPOLIS (May 28, 2013) – Nice Ride Minnesota today announced the addition of 24 stations to its public bike share system. The 2013 expansion brings the total system up to 170 bike share stations and 1,550 bright green bicycles. Installations of the new stations have begun and should be completed by June 1, 2013. A season kickoff ride is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11 am at Fort Snelling.
The National Park Service (NPS) will invest $630,000 to provide alternative transportation to more destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRAA). In partnership with the park and city agencies that own and manage the land along MNRRA, thirteen new stations will be installed from Webber Park of North Minneapolis to Fort Snelling State Park and the NPS Coldwater Spring Unit. “The National Park Service is, once again, extremely pleased to partner with Nice Ride Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and others to launch this one-of-a-kind bike share system along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis,” said Superintendent Paul Labovitz of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. “The additional Nice Ride bike stations will increase non-motorized access to the Mississippi River including its parks, trails, boat launches and green spaces.”
This expansion also marks a deeper partnership with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, with thirteen new stations added to parks system. “With 197 park properties and 51 miles of trails, we’re thrilled to have more Nice Ride locations in and near our parks to provide easy access and enjoyment of our wonderful park system,” said Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board President John Erwin.
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, title sponsor of Nice Ride since the bike share program’s inception, will invest $360,000. Funded through proceeds from Blue Cross’ historic lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the Center fights the root causes of preventable disease, including physical inactivity, and collaborates with organizations statewide to build vibrant communities where healthy choices are easier and more accessible. “Expanding Nice Ride’s presence is one way we can make it easier for people to choose active transportation – and ultimately a more active lifestyle,” said Janelle Waldock, director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross. “The new stations provide even more opportunities for people to utilize the bike share system to commute, run errands and explore our metro’s most treasured sites. We’d like to thank all the supporters for their role in making the healthy choice both easy and enjoyable.”
With support from Hennepin County, Nice Ride will add more stations serving the Lake Street corridor and the Hiawatha light rail corridor, supporting neighborhood vitality and strengthening the multimodal transportation network. “New Nice Ride stations along Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street will help connect transit corridors with the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Hennepin County commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “This new transit option makes it easier to visit neighboring business districts and it becomes easier for neighborhood residents to quickly connect to the transit network.”
A full list of new stations and map may be viewed at goo.gl/tMY9I. The locations on the map are subject to change based on permitting. The public may reserve a Nice Ride bike for the kickoff ride at: http://nice-ride-from-historic-fort-snelling.eventbrite.com/
About Nice Ride Minnesota
Launched in 2010, Nice Ride Minnesota is the nonprofit organization that operates the Twin Cities bike sharing system. Our mission is to enhance the quality of our urban life by providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program that will provide residents and visitors a healthy, fun, and reliable way to get around town. We are part of a growing community of people and organizations working for active lifestyles, vibrant cities, and livable public spaces. We’re helping build that community by making it easy for everyone to ride a bike and to feel safe and welcome while riding.
About the Center for Prevention
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota delivers on Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to improve the health of all Minnesotans by tackling the leading root causes of preventable death and disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating. Funded through proceeds from Blue Cross’ historic lawsuit against the tobacco industry, we collaborate with organizations statewide to help build vibrant communities where healthy choices are easier and more accessible. Visit preventionminnesota.com for more information.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
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