Minneapolis City Council Approves Dockless Bike Pilot Program

May 11, 2018 10:24 PM

Nice Ride Minnesota is on the move once again. They're working to add a dockless bike program in Minneapolis, giving bikers more flexibility to use bikes when and where they want.

"We want to serve more people, in more places," Nice Ride Executive Director Bill Dossett said. "We want it to be super convenient, we want it to be inexpensive."


A dockless bike can be parked anywhere, like along a sidewalk. The bike can then be unlocked with an app. 

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On Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved a contract amendment with Nice Ride to operate the dockless bike pilot program.

"One of the biggest concerns that I have is how are we going to be able to keep the public right of way clear of bikes just laying all around the city," Councilmember Andrea Jenkins asked.

Seattle, San Diego, and Dallas have similar programs. Each city has had to deal with bikes that are destroyed, piled up or end up in a river.

The council's solution is to require each station for the dockless bikes to have a site plan and be permitted. The stations must have signage for riders to know where to find and return the bikes. Nice Ride has 200 stations, but that will increase.

Nice Ride plans to roll out dockless bikes in August. Dossett said they're going to implement an incentive and penalty program to make sure people are returning bikes to the proper place. 


Ben Rodgers

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