A block from The Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood, I coudn’t figure out what I was looking at.
It didn’t look like a new bus stop — too big.
And it didn’t look like a new bus shelter (what was it doing in the street??).
“It” turned out to be a sleek bike rack stocked with shiny, new (lime!) green bikes — part of the Twin Cities’ “Nice Ride Minnesota” new bike sharing program.
Less than 5 minutes later, I ran into a second location — outside the (terrific) Seward Co-op.
It turns out that there are 60(!) such stations, already installed or scheduled to be.
Take that, Portland!
P.S.: And no, the bikes aren’t available year-round. In a concession to our, umm, “challenging” climate, the bikes are out of commission from November until April.