January 18, 2018 06:25 AM
Two Midwest companies are teaming up to bring a fat-tire bike sharing option to Minneapolis during the Super Bowl.
Millions of people are expected to visit downtown Minneapolis the week of the game - scheduled for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. And getting around could get complicated.
But native Minnesotans say riding a bike in the middle of winter isn't so bad.
"It's my favorite time to ride - in the winter time," said Jeff Rosemeyer of St. Anthony.
"It's kind of like getting up and getting your morning coffee," added Ross Weinzierl of St. Paul. "I love to get up and ride my bike in the morning."
Koloni Share (providing the software for bike share-management) and Defiant (the company in charge of the electric bikes) are working together to give people a chance to use an app to rent and return bikes using only their smart phones.
"People from all over the world come here," said Kyle Sheker, the CEO of Koloni Share. "And we can't wait to show them that we're not afraid of the cold and we're going to get out and enjoy it.
"Everything we do is phone-app based, so everybody has the key to the bike in their pocket."
The bikes themselves are built for virtually any terrain, including snow.
"As soon as you start peddling, it will kick in and it will help speed up," Sheker said.
The cost is $2 for each half hour, and Sheker said once you're done, the app will show you available docking stations around the city at different businesses they're partnering with.
"An Uber, a taxi, everything is going to be really hard to come by," Sheker said. "The light rails, they're going to be full of people and so it's going to be a great amenity for people to quickly get across downtown."
"I guess it's a good option, I don't know if it's one that I would do," said Pam Prather of South St. Paul.
But for those looking for a different way to get around during the Super Bowl, this is their chance.
Just make sure to bundle up.
"If they're dressed for it - out-of-town people - I think it'd be fun for them to try," Rosemeyer said.
The companies are offering this service for just seven days - Jan. 29 through Feb. 4.
Updated: January 18, 2018 06:25 AM
Created: January 17, 2018 07:11 PM
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