It’s Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a . . . “

. . . “Nice Ride Minnesota” bike sharing station!

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.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.
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