Nice Ride Proposes Master Plan Amendment for 2020 Riding Season

Proposed 2020 system plan includes introducing a new hybrid-locking ebike fleet in 2020

Nice Ride Proposal for 2020

Nice Ride Minnesota put forward an outline of its proposed amendment to the 2020 plan for the bike share system at a public forum yesterday. Over the last year, in addition to its classic green docked bikes, Nice Ride operated a fleet of blue “dockless” bikes parked in a system of virtual hubs. The proposed 2020 plan would remove the dockless bikes from the fleet and introduce 2,000 pedal-assist electric bikes (ebikes) which feature a hybrid locking mechanism.

Pedal-assist ebikes give riders a motorized boost as they pedal, make riding easier and more fun and open new possibilities for longer trips. Pending approval from the City of Minneapolis, these new ebikes could be docked at a Nice Ride station side-by-side with the classic green Nice Ride bikes or locked to any public bike rack using an attached cable lock.

Using price incentives, Nice Ride plans to encourage riders to return ebikes to existing classic stations and lightweight stations. Ebikes would also be able to be locked to any legal Minneapolis public bike rack for a small convenience fee of $1 to offset operational costs. The enhanced technology of the new fleet would enable better enforcement to assure that all bikes are securely locked and out of the right-of-way. The full 2020 bike fleet would be accessible to riders via the Nice Ride App or using a member key fob.


New Hybrid Ebike Design

Pending results of a parking assessment by Alta Planning, Lyft proposes investing in 200+ “lightweight” bike share stations to provide more physical parking options for the new ebike fleet, without the extensive kiosk infrastructure found at traditional Nice Ride stations. These new lightweight stations would utilize many of the dockless hub sites that were installed in 2019.

Potential "Lightweight" Station Design

Using price incentives, Nice Ride plans to encourage riders to return ebikes to existing classic stations and lightweight stations. Ebikes would also be able to be locked to any legal Minneapolis public bike rack for a small convenience fee of $1 to offset operational costs. The enhanced technology of the new fleet would enable better enforcement to assure that all bikes are securely locked and out of the right-of-way. The full 2020 bike fleet would be accessible to riders via the Nice Ride App or using a member key fob.

Under the new proposal pricing for Nice Ride’s traditional pedal bike service would remain unchanged for both members and casual riders in 2020. If riders choose an ebike, a per-minute usage fee of $.10/min would be applied from the start of the rental period. This fee would be reduced to $.05/min for members of Nice Ride’s successful reduced-fare program Nice Ride for All, available to SNAP and TAP program participants. Launched in May 2019, Nice Ride for All is ending the riding season with almost 1,000 program members, more than four times the size of any prior Nice RIde equity program. Lyft will prioritize continued growth of the Nice Ride for All program in 2020.

Plans for the 2020 season will be finalized into a formal amendment to the Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Share Parking (Virtual Station) Master Plan, pending feedback from the public and public partners. The amendment is subject to approval by the City of Minneapolis.

Nice Ride’s bike share service is set to officially close for the season in late November with the classic system disabled at the end of the day on Sunday, November 17and the dockless system disabled at the end of the day on Saturday, November 30.

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View the public forum presentation

View an outline of the proposed master plan amendment