Twin Cities cyclists pedaled their way to a new bike sharing record on Saturday, June 27—and raised money to provide bikes to kids in need while they were at it. Local cyclists logged 5,613 trips with Nice Ride Minnesota, the most ever recorded by Nice Ride in a 24-hour period.
Nice Ride and the Minneapolis Foundation teamed up to push for the new record, organizing the #NicestDayEver on June 27 to celebrate the Foundation’s 100th anniversary. For every Nice Ride trip taken anywhere in the Twin Cities that day, the Foundation pledged to donate $1 to Free Bikes 4 Kidz. As a birthday gift to the community, the Foundation also made a grant to Nice Ride for its community-based program and underwrote the cost of complimentary 24-hour Nice Ride passes that were distributed on June 27 at half a dozen Nice Ride stations throughout Minneapolis.
“Minneapolis is famous for being a place where people will go the extra mile for a good cause—especially on bikes,” said Sandra Vargas, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation. “We’re thrilled to cap off our first century of community building by helping the Twin Cities set this record, while simultaneously supporting a local nonprofit that is making a difference for our kids.”
Nice Ride’s previous single-day ridership record was set on July 26, 2014, with 4,486 trips logged. “It’s been a phenomenal year for Nice Ride,” said Nice Ride spokesman Anthony Ongaro. “Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, and that has a lot to do with the commitment that residents and local organizations—including the Minneapolis Foundation—have shown to this community over the years.”