Dockless bikes arrived in the Twin Cities this weekend, but not in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
Golden Valley and Edina are the first to launch the dockless bike-sharing service, with provider Lime bringing its first shipments to the suburbs on Friday and Saturday.
They follow in the footsteps of the Nice Ride service in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but with the crucial difference in that because they're dockless, users can take them, ride them, and leave them at their destination.
Golden Valley was the first to accept the shipment of Lime Bikes on Friday, with Edina following on Saturday. Golden Valley will hold an official "unlocking ceremony" at the Brookview Park Large Pavilion on Monday at 7 p.m.
Users can download the Lime app to rent a bike, each of which is enabled with GPS that allows users to find the closest available bike.
It costs $1 to unlock the bike and then $1 for every 30 minutes of use.
Once you're done, you have to follow the instructions in the app and then "responsibly park" at a bike rack or any legal parking area for a bike.
Edina's are located in places including 50th and France and near the Southdale Mall. Golden Valley's can be found near City Hall, Brookview and Brookview Park.
Minneapolis will follow with its own dockless system later this summer, with New York-based Motivate having taken over the operation of Nice Ride with a view to introducing a dockless system, as the Star Tribune reports.
St. Paul meanwhile is in negotiations with its own potential provider, according to the Pioneer Press.
Edina says residents can report Lime bikes being misused or being left in inappropriate places by calling Lime's customer service team on 1-888-LIME-345.