I test ride one of the bikes. It’s very comfortable and solid. Mary said it made her think of a motorcycle or scooter. Wide and comfortable seat. Smooth action on the 3-speed shift. Stops when you brake it.
Mitch Vars (left) is IT Director for Nice Ride.
Empty bike stations waiting for assembly. This photo (and the last two) were taken near the east side of Sabo Bridge over Hiawatha and near the Greenway.
Kiosk at Birchwood Cafe. These are solar-powered and use T-Mobile for communicating with the network and validating your credit card. Mitch said they considered US Internet Wireless but coverage was too spotty and there were security issues.
Close-up of the kiosk.
Bikes lined up at Birchwood Cafe.
Another view of the bikes.
Bikes should be available for riding on Wednesday and the official launch will be Thursday on the Nicollet Mall. Rates are very reasonable: $5/24 hours or $60/year or $30/month. You can also go for a 30 minute joy ride for free!