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Nice Ride Planning St. Paul Expansion

Nice Ride Minnesota is an innovative new bike sharing program—the largest in the country. In an effort to facilitate transportation that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive, Nice Ride Minnesota has shared bicycles  located in stations around the city, currently in Minneapolis, only. To participate,  you pay a subscription fee to join and a trip fee each time you use a bike. To give you an idea of the cost, the current subscription fees are as follows:

  • 24 hours–. $5
  • 30 days– $30
  • 1 year– $60
  • Student 1 year–$50

Once you have your subscription you pay a trip fee:

  • 0-30—no fee
  • Up to 60 minutes–$1.50
  • Up to 90 minutes–$4.50
  • Each additional half hour–$6.00

To avoid a trip fee, you can return your bike each half hour and take out another bike.

Phase 2 of the program includes expansion plans to the University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor area, as well as Downtown St. Paul. Do you have a spot in mind that would be a perfect place the Nice Ride bikes? Attend the next St. Paul planning workshop and share you opinions.

University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor Workshop

Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Laura Jeffery Academy, 1550 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

For more information about Nice Ride Minnesota, see their website.

Central Corridor Meetings

Resisting gentrification


Stay in Place and Thrive Community Forum on Resisting Gentrification will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lao Family Community, 320 W. University Ave., St. Paul. Sponsored by the Preserve and Benefit Historic Rondo Committee, the Asian Economic Development Association/Hmong Business Assn., and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability. The forum will feature national presenters who will discuss strategies for resisting displacement in low-income communities of color when redevelopment occurs. Dinner will be provided. For more information, call (651) 222-0399.

UABA determined to be heard as LRT plans move forward

The Met Council’s Joey Browner and Ax-Man owner Jim Segal discuss business issues along the Central Corridor.

The Met Council’s Joey Browner and Ax-Man owner Jim Segal discuss business issues along the Central Corridor.

Jim Segal knows how important University Avenue is. Owner and CEO of the Ax-Man surplus store, his livelihood comes from the avenue.
“I’d like to keep growing the business … and to make it as sustainable as possible,” Segal says.
Thousands of Twin Cities residents no doubt feel the same way. The Ax-Man has been in business for more than 40 years, offering quirky, rare and just plain weird surplus items to shoppers all over the state. The locally famous shop gives University Avenue much of its unique flavor.
But Segal and other University Avenue business owners are worried about challenges that the proposed Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project might pose to small businesses. A member of the University Avenue Business Association steering committee, Segal and others have been organizing to get their voices heard.
“With the bad economy on top of the fact that we have to deal with the construction, I just want to make [the construction period] the best bad situation possible,” Segal says. “Someone needs to start real solutions.” In an effort to do just that, UABA recently hired a consultant to conduct a peer city study of other rail projects around the nation. The study found alarming statistics about the effects of lengthy construction projects along business-heavy avenues.
UABA is seeking support through community channels, meetings with the Metropolitan Council and with local, regional and statewide elected officials.
“I think that the elected officials are really listening to us,” Segal says with optimism. “[UABA] creates a good forum where a group of people with the same relative interests can share ideas and voice their opinions in one place instead of the elected people dealing with 100 different people. We can amass the main issues of the group and put them forward, which gives credibility to the issues.”
One thing UABA isn’t doing is considering legal action.
“We don’t intend to put the financial resources into legal action — and let me be clear. We don’t intend to stop light rail,” said Segal. “We are concerned about the construction and development issues. We know our business is going to be severely impacted.”

— By Jake Kulju