Nice Ride bike rental kiosks coming to Seward

Nice Ride is a new bike sharing program for the City of Minneapolis.  The program is set for a grand opening on June 10th and expects for install to begin next week. Learn more at:  http://www.niceridemn.com/  There will be three kiosks in Seward. Kiosks will then be removed November 1st for the winter season.

Redesign was contacted by Nice Ride staff, Dan Breva, five weeks ago and at staff's suggestion Dan attended the SCCA board meeting on Wed, May 5th. Staff and the SCCA also suggested that Dan meet with the Community Development Committee of SNG. At the SCCA meeting Dan shared information about the bike sharing program and the proposed locations for three kiosks in Seward: LRT, Seward Co-op, and Birchwood Cafe. [Editor: Looks like the LRT kiosk will be at the Blue Nile Restaurant? Saw an empty rack there over the weekend.] Dan took feedback from the SCCA Board and reached out to staff at the Co-op and the Birchwood Cafe.  However, Dan did not follow through on the suggestion to meet with SNG's development committee. Also, while there were four public meetings in Minneapolis the Nice Ride project, the do not appear to have been well promoted. (The closest public meeting to Seward was at the University of Minnesota.)

We think that the program is a positive addition to the community and promotes our goal of being a bike and pedestrian friendly neighborhood.  Although Nice Ride did not meet with SNG, we have decided not to oppose the installation of the kiosks in light of the short time frame and the June 10 kickoff. We have asked that Nice Ride attend the CDC meetings in June and again in September or October for feedback on the locations based on this pilot and to get approval for locations for 2011. They have not yet confirmed that they will be at the June 8 meeting.

Katya Pilling                                           Sheldon Mains
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Associate Director                                      President, Seward Neighborhood Group
Redesign, Inc.                                          http://www.sng.org
2619 E. Franklin Avenue                         http://GiveMN.razoo.com/story/Seward-Neighborhood-Group
Minneapolis, MN  55406
612.338.8729

PS (From Sheldon) I have also sent this to Cam Gordon and the new Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department  as an example of how the city doesn't work with neighborhoods.

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