By the end of April, Southwest Minneapolis will be home to a couple new Nice Ride Minnesota bicycle stations.
Twenty-four new locations will be added throughout the Twin Cities, including a station in Linden Hills at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue, and another near the Lake Harriet Bandshell, according to Melissa Summers, customer care manager for Nice Ride Minnesota.
"This year, our new locations focused on the lakes and [rivers] due to a grant from the National Park Service," Summers told Patch in an e-mail.
However, funding for the new stations come from a few different places, according to Nice Ride's website:
Funding for the new stations comes from three different sources: the National Parks Service, intended for creating alternative transportation access to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, our title sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Hennepin County - to enhance service on Lake Street and the Hiawatha Rail Line.
An exact location on 43rd and Upton hasn't been firmed up yet, as it's part of the organizations second phase of station installation, Summers added. Really, the only active Southwest Minneapolis location is the station on 36th Street and Byrant Avenue.
Now that the snow is melting, Nice Ride is working on reinstalling existing sites as well as the new sites. After the new stations are completed, the total system will be brought to 170 stations across the Twin Cities. Nice Ride is aiming to have everything done by the end of April, weather permiting.
For more information on Nice Ride Minnesota or to sign up for a biking membership, go to niceridemn.org.
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