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.'"
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