The land of 10,000 lakes is no doubt one of the chilliest places to cycle outside, but that didn’t stop the Twin Cities from launching one of America’s first metropolitan bike-share programs back in 2010. Currently 1,500 bikes and 170 kiosks connect St. Paul, Minneapolis, and select suburbs, and are available to ride from April to November. In 2012, roughly 35,000 commuting trips were taken on foot and bike, and over the past five years, the Twin Cities has seen a 56% increase in bike commuters. Nice Ride, another bike-share group, added 24 new stations this year, and according to executive director Bill Dossett, the organization is considering launching the program in other cities in the state.
Cost: Annual Membership ($65), 24-Hour Pass ($6); niceridemn.org.
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