Nice Ride to re-introduce bikes Monday, offers free 30-day membership for health care workers

Bike share program Nice Ride Minnesota announced it is continuing its plan to re-introduce bikes to the Twin Cities on Monday.

According to the organization, although the system is returning, travel by bike is limited to essential purposes while practicing social distancing, under the state's current stay at home order. 

Riders will be able to unlock the bikes at any station using a kiosk, Nice Ride app or member key.

Although dockless blue bikes will not be returning for this riding season, Lyft is introducing hybrid locking e-bikes later this season, according to Nice Ride.

The ride share company is also launching a program to give health care workers access to a free 30-day membership. Those interested can email the company here.

Local leaders stated the program creates another transportation option for health care workers.

"One of the most impactful things any of us can do right now is to support our health care workers," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement. "Our partnership with Nice Ride does exactly that. By giving health care workers another low-cost option to get to and from their jobs, we can give them well-deserved flexibility as they continue their heroic work."

Mary Morse Marti, executive director at Move Minneapolis, stated, "With transit schedules curtailed, Nice Ride is improving access to health care facilities for the workers we all depend upon most."

Learn more about the program here.