Skip to main content

Nice Ride breaks single day ride record during #NicestDayEver campaign

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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.

Next Up

town hall brewery

Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis closes temporarily

The owner cites the omicron variant and impending vaccine/testing requirements in Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 shootings in Brooklyn Park minutes apart; 1 injured

One person was almost hit, while a second person suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Willmar Police Department

Police: Suspect arrested in Willmar after firing gun at officer

The incident led to a manhunt that lasted into early Sunday morning.

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.


Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation


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.