Minneapolis: The City of Bikes

Minneapolis was recently named America’s Most Friendly to Bikes City (or words to that effect). I’m thinking they didn’t interview the bus drivers. Well, anyway, Minneapolis is now starting a bike-sharing program, called, expectedly, “Nice Ride Minnesota” (here’s a link to their site). And not to be outdone by anyone else, Minneapolis will have the largest, bestest, bikiest, bike-sharing program.

The bikes are not free, but they seem cheap. I remember hearing about the Amsterdam bike-sharing program when I was there some years back. The story ended this way: “And eventually, one by one, the bikes were stolen and thrown into the canal or driven out into the countryside and never seen again. But it was great while it lasted!”

I’m sure that Minneapolis system has built on the experiences of other cities, and will not involve such attrition.

In other news from Minneapolis, the City Council will consider later this summer an ordinance to allow restaurants to serve food after 2:00 in the morning. We welcome the opportunity for Minneapolis to join the 21st century! If you live in the city, call your council member and demand to know why we don’t already allow this. And while you are on the phone, thank your council member for the free bike!

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One Response to “Minneapolis: The City of Bikes”

  1. June 18th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    The Science Pundit says:

    I saw this last month.
    http://www.streetfilms.org/major-bike-mojo-in-minneapolis/
    I have to admit that I’m a bit jealous, but we’re doing our best here in Philly to catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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