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Nice Ride bikes are back, and will be free on Earth Day

The ride-sharing service will go live this year on Monday.

Nice Ride bikes are back in Minneapolis and will re-launch on Earth Day, when you'll be able to ride for free.

The ride-sharing service is back for its 9th season and will be available in more locations than ever in Minneapolis.

It's added an extra 575 dockless bike parking hubs and almost 50 stations across the city, having undertaken an effort to increase availability in more deprived areas of Minneapolis.

And to mark its return this Monday – which is Earth Day – riders will be able to get a free day pass.

"Increasing access to a diversity of low-cost transit options is a cornerstone of our plan to make Minneapolis a greener and more connected city," said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. 

"Nice Ride’s expansion and relaunch further those goals and move Minneapolis one step closer to having the transit system our city deserves."

To get the free pass, access the Nice Ride app and choose "day pass" before entering the code "EarthDay19."

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This will give you 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides, though you'll be charged if a single ride lasts longer than 30 minutes.

An annual membership with Nice Ride costs $75, which provides unlimited hour-long rides on docked Nice Ride bikes. Single rides cost $2 and day passes are usually $6.

Nice Ride is not returning this year in St. Paul. It comes after the city chose another provider – Lime – to run its bike-share service last year. However, Lime is also not returning to St. Paul this year.

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