Nice Ride breaks single day ride record during #NicestDayEver campaign

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The Nice Ride bike-sharing program broke its record for the number of rides taken in a single day Saturday.

The record was set July 26, 2014, and on Saturday the organization had a goal of reaching 5,000 rides in 24 hours as part of its #NicestDayEver campaign, and Nice Ride smashed that goal by totaling 5,613 rides on Saturday.

The #NicestDayEver campaign was a partnership between Nice Ride and the Minneapolis Foundation to celebrate the foundation's centennial.

The Minneapolis Foundation gave away free helmets and 300 24-hour passes at six Minneapolis stations Saturday morning, and also donated $1 to the nonprofit Free Bikes 4 Kidz for every ride taken during the 24-hour period, for a total of $5,613.

“Minneapolis is famous for being a place where people will go the extra mile for a good cause – especially on bikes,” Sandra Vargas, president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, said in a news release Sunday. “We’re thrilled to cap off our first century of community building by helping the Twin Cities set this record, while simultaneously supporting a local nonprofit that is making a difference for our kids.”

Ridership on the Nice Rides has increased by about 35 percent since last summer, the Star Tribune reports. Nice Ride also plans to add 20 new stations next month.


Twin Cities Red Kettle Campaign sets new single-day record

The Red Kettle Campaign in the Twin Cities raised $108,958.76 in ten hours on Saturday to set a new record, KARE 11 reports. More than 1,200 volunteers rang bells around the Twin Cities metro during the Salvation Army's "Kick Off-Rock the Red Kettle" event.

Animated map: A day in the life of Nice Ride bikes

The green bikes have come to downtown St. Paul with this week's installation of 25 Nice Ride stations, in time for the Twin Cities Bike Walk Week. It's the latest expansion of the popular bike rental system that lets subscribers pedal between automated, solar-powered stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. MinnPost has created a slick animation that shows how bikes move around town over 24 hours.

Nice Ride expands in St. Paul

Funding for the expansion has come from many corners. The total number of Nice Ride stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul will number 146, with 1,328 bikes in the fleet.

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