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'Nice Ride' bike deposit eliminated after year of zero thefts

"We purchased 1,200 bikes, and we still have 1,200 bikes," said Bill Dossett, executive director of the Nice Ride program, which is beginning its third season in the Twin Cities. Nice Ride is adding 130 bikes this year as part of its expansion into downtown St. Paul.
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"We purchased 1,200 bikes, and we still have 1,200 bikes," said Bill Dossett, executive director of the Nice Ride program, which is beginning its third season in the Twin Cities. Nice Ride is adding 130 bikes this year as part of its expansion into downtown St. Paul.

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