Nice Ride to go into hibernation

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Thirteen days remain before the Nice Ride bikes go into hibernation:
The bike-sharing network expects to have all the bikes gathered by Nov. 15, before the plows hit the streets. There's no date set for resuming the program.

SEE ALSO: Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips


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Amber Dallman gave birth after riding Nice Ride to hospital

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Amber Dallman has the 2013 Hardcore Biker of the Year award locked up, as far as we're concerned.
Sure, we all love our bikes, but this takes it to a whole new level.

Two weeks overdue, a pregnant St. Paul woman named Amber Dallman recently rode a Nice Ride bike from her Macalester-area home to Regions Hospital, where she later gave birth to her daughter, Elise.

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Minneapolis ranks second in bike commuting, with our old nemesis taking top honors

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Damn you, Portland.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 6.1 percent of Portlandians biked to work last year. That's tops in the nation, with Minneapolis coming in as first loser at 4.5 percent.

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The Dinkytown Greenway is now open [MAPS]

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Minnesota Daily
Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown runs along an old railroad corridor.
Thanks to the Dinkytown Greenway, you can now bike from Falcon Heights to downtown Minneapolis without having to play chicken with a single car along the way.

SEE ALSO: The most- and least-bikeable spots in Mpls [MAPS]

Minneapolis's latest bike highway opened late last week. The lighted-at-night .77-mile stretch runs below Dinkytown along old railroad tracks with a downtown-connecting pedestrian bridge (Bridge #9) on one end and TCF Bank Stadium on the other. Via the Granary Road, it also connects with the U of M Transitway.

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Minneapolis officials to make driving cars more difficult along two new bike boulevards [MAPS]

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In an effort to keep bicyclists safe, Minneapolis officials will make driving harder along the soon-to-be-constructed Presidents and and Southern Bike Connection bike boulevards.

SEE ALSO: New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

Both boulevards, the former in Northeast and the latter in South, will feature miniature traffic circles, concrete medians, and curb extensions designed to slow down automobile traffic. The Southern Bike Connection with also have speed bumps like the ones adorning the Bryant Avenue bike boulevard in the Uptown area.

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Mpls officials considering land bridge over Lake St. that would connect Calhoun, Isles [IMAGE]

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Minneapolis Park Board via Southwest Journal -- click to enlarge
A conceptual drawing of the "Lake Street Lid."
Here's the problem -- as it stands right now, getting from one end to the other of Minnesota's busiest park (the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, which includes Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles) involves traversing a bottlenecked tunnel underneath the busiest stretch of county road in Minneapolis (Lake Street). That's inconvenient to say the least.

SEE ALSO: Minneapolis officials taking heat for $200 million Central-Nicollet streetcar plan

But would you believe the solution could be as simple as building a green bridge right over Lake Street? Apparently, if enough money can be found, it might be.

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Nice Ride looks to expand first to Rochester, then to Greater Minnesota

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Now that Nice Ride has 170 stations and more than 1,500 bikes throughout the Twin Cities, the four-year-old bike share network is setting its sights on the rest of the state.

Expansion plans were hatched when the program's flagship sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, put out a state-wide call asking communities for proposals that would help them address various health issues.

"Many of the proposals that they got back from Bemidji, from Morris, from all these other towns said, 'We want what the Twin Cities has,'" explains Mitch Vars, Nice Ride's I.T. Director. "'We want bike share, we want Nice Ride.'"

See Also:
- Open letter to New York: Stop freaking out about your bike share program
- Nice Ride adds 24 new stations for 2013 season
- Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips


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Open letter to New York: Stop freaking out about your bike share program

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tsuacctnt and Oran Viriyincy
See, New Yorkers, you're not the only ones.
Hey, New York City:

You're doing this bike share thing wrong.

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Minneapolis police trying to up returns on stolen bicycles

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Photo: Thirteen Of Clubs via Flickr Creative Commons
The Minneapolis Police Department introduced a new bike registration program today designed to link stolen cycles to their owners.

SEE ALSO:
Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list
Minnesota drops two spots on list of most bike-friendly states

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Outrage: Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list despite having second-best Bike Score

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Thirteen Of Clubs via Flickr Creative Commons
Not a top 10 bike city my ass!
This week, Walk Score used Bike Score data to put together its ranking of the 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities.

SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor

Minneapolis, you might recall, clocked in with the second-highest Bike Score in the county last December (only Boulder ranked higher). Nonetheless, Walk Score left the City of Lakes out of its top 10. So what the hell gives?

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