Top reasons to try Minneapolis' bike share, as well as some insider tips to help you along the way!
There’s nothing like exploring Minneapolis by bike. When the weather is nice and you can feel the excitement of the hustle and bustle outside, it makes you want to get moving. Whether you’re headed to the lakes, or hopping on the light rail for a Twins game, the energy in the city is vibrant. What we’re most excited for, though, is the opportunity to get back on our bikes. As the 6th Best Bike City, we have commuters, exercisers and seasoned riders who bike year-round. But for most of us, spring is the perfect time to feel the wind in our hair again. With our city-wide bike share program back on the streets, it’s time to get back on the bike.
With several stations in Minneapolis, it’s easy to find a spot to rent and return your bike — just look for the blue bike racks. Park and lock your bike on any public bike rack, parking meters, or on most city street signs (except stop signs and bus stops). Bike to lunch, your favorite shop, or just go for fun. Bike lanes are set up for your protection, making it easy and safe to navigate downtown. If you’re looking for scenery, bike the river. There are paths along the Mississippi River – take advantage of them!
Tip: There are bikes from various companies available to rent. Use the bike company's app (like Lyft or Lime) to locate and unlock a bike.
2. It's electric!
All of the bicycles available to rent are comfortable, convenient, meant for leisurely trips...and they have electric assist! So if you see that hill looming in the distance during your ride, take advantage of the extra help.
3. It’s wallet-friendly
Purchasing a bike can be expensive, and the upkeep is time consuming. With a bike share, take the stress out of bike riding. Bike share companies in Minneapolis offer memberships, unlimited-ride passes, or single-fare rides for various, affordable prices. For example, with Lime, there's a $1 start fee, and then it's $0.39 per minute of ride time.
4. It’s a healthy alternative
Reduce your carbon footprint, forget about traffic and get your body moving! Spring is beautiful in Minneapolis, so spend it outside. Feel the sun on your face and watch the beautiful flowers come back to life. Get your blood pumping and enjoy the fresh air. We’d all like to be a little healthier. Here’s a fun way to do it!