A great way to explore the Twin Cities as a visitor, or as a guide to out-of-towners, is to travel by bike. Nice Ride, the Twin Cities’ bike share program, continues to expand and offers fun theme tours that show off the metro area in unique ways.
Nice Ride’s green bikes and docking stations have become a common sighting in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with 170 locations scattered throughout both cities. They are easy to spot and can often be found outside high-traffic areas like libraries, grocery stores and city parks.
For a self-guided trip, download Nice Ride tours that explore urban wildlife, beer, the chain of lakes, and even cemeteries—with the aptly named “I See Dead People” tour. Take the “Bridges of Minneapolis” tour and cruise downtown’s historic Mississippi riverfront to see bridges, landmarks and views. Have an ‘80s flashback on the “Prince for a Day” tour, which follows the trail of the Minnesota-born star of "Purple Rain."
Nice Ride charges a base fee and trip fees for rides longer than 30 minutes. The program is intended for short rides, with cyclists docking bikes between other activities in order to keep bikes available. Bring your own helmet and spend an afternoon exploring these bike-friendly cities.