I tied the new Nice Ride bikes into a run I did through the U of MN earlier this week. I picked up a bike at the Birchwood Cafe and rode to the Nice Ride bike kiosk located on the East side of the TCF Bank Stadium. As I understand the pricing, it’s $5 for 24 hours of use of the bikes plus some additional fees based on how long you have a bike checked out. The beauty of this, though, is that the first 30 minutes are free, so as long as you check the bike back in at any of the other kiosks around town in under 30 minutes, you only have to pay the day rate.
From there, I headed East, away from the stadium. While looping through this section of streets, I managed to lose my car key. I later circled back to the Nice Ride kiosk, checked out another bike, then circled around for a while to try to find my key. No luck.
But one thing I did find in the neighborhood was tons and tons of unwanted phone books. Thanks for nothing, Qwest Dex / Dex One.
A bunch of nursing students and I took a nutrition class in Moos Tower in 1992.
I crossed the bridge over Washington Ave toward Coffman and and snapped this shot of the mall.
Construction is in full swing on the Weismann Art Museum addition. The road below will look quite a bit different once the LRT is built.
Coffman Union was looking good in the sun. Plenty of Gopher schwag was for sale on the sidewalk.
The walkway on the upper deck of the Washington Ave Bridge can protect you from the elements, which wasn’t necessary on this day.
What’s the deal with the shrapnel from the old 35W bridge still clogging up the Bohemian Flats park? Is there an ETA on removing it?
After crossing the Washington Ave Bridge, I checked out a Nice Ride bike (there are locations on both ends of the bridge) then headed back to the Birchwood Cafe. Once there, I checked that bike in, then checked another bike back out so I could loop home and back with a spare car key.
Overall, the Nice Ride system worked great. I enjoyed it enough to put it to work again on Thursday night with a friend of mine who was in town. We cruised from the Birchwood to Brasa in NE, hit a few spots around there, then rode home with bikes we picked up near the Guthrie after strolling across the Stone Arch Bridge on a beautiful night. Good times.