Rochester has Nice Ride bikes (finally)


The Nice Ride bike rental program arrived in Rochester on Friday.

Bicycles are available for rent at two locations where the non-profit group has set up kiosks: People's Food Co-op (seven days a week) and Peace Plaza (Monday through Friday only).

Unlike Nice Ride's Twin Cities bikes, which are rented at self-serve stations, riders in Rochester will pick them up in person from a staff member, at least for now. KTTC says if the program is successful in Rochester – if it has wheels, you might say – automated stations may be moved in later.

Nice Ride Minnesota's Rochester general manager, Kim Edens, tells the station "We're listening to requests, where people in the community want the racks and where they want to connect different places throughout the city. We would love to see a sea of orange everywhere ..."

Oh, yes. That's the other big distinction Rochester bikes have from the larger, more established fleet in the Twin Cities. Med City has orange bikes rather than green.

Working on it since 2014

In December the Business Journal noted that plans for a Rochester rollout were only inching along since talks began in the summer of 2014. A shortage of bike-friendly infrastructure was apparently a problem.

The Post Bulletin says initially the focus is on renting to visitors (Rochester has 2 million per year) but the hope is that as the residential population of the downtown area grows, use of the bikes by the locals will become more common.

Nice Ride Rochester provides a map of the area with a few suggested bike rides.


Since they're rented by an actual person, the Rochester bikes come equipped with a helmet and lock. Rates are $8 for one hour, $20 for four hours, or $30 for eight hours.

Nice Ride has been in the Twin Cities since 2010 and has a whole basketful of stations in the metro area.

There's also a program in Bemidji.

Next Up

Kotyza-Witthuhn screengrab

Watch: MN lawmaker 'attacked' by giggling child during live hearing

This has to be the most adorable moment ever from a Commerce Finance and Policy Committee hearing, right?

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,

moorhead police

Police searching for man charged with kidnapping woman at gunpoint

The man approached the victim's car and pointed a gun at her, the charges state.


The future of bike sharing: Nice Ride is looking into dockless bikes

Bikes could be locked and unlocked anywhere using a smartphone app.