Tour de Nice ride and after party this Thursday

You have probably already noticed bike stations filled with neon-yellow bicycles popping up virtually everywhere around the city this summer. Or maybe you have already paid the $5 to test-drive some wheels on an afternoon stroll or commute to work.

In an effort to encourage urban cycling, Nice Ride Minnesota was formed through the Twin Cities Bike Share Project. From April to November, bicycles will be available to rent 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In celebration of this project and to increase awareness, the non-profit organization is hosting a bike tour/scavenger hunt throughout the city, ending with a big bash at the Bedlam Theatre.

This is how it works: At the stroke of noon, Thursday, July 29 the Tour de Nice "manifest" will become public and available to print out on their website (you can also pick one up at the

Midtown Bike Center

). The print out will contain clues that will lead you to various bike stations throughout the city. All you have to do is check out a Nice Ride bike, take to the streets, and use your noodle to determine check points.

The ride runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will have to be on a Nice Ride bike in order to compete. At each participating station cyclists will receive a stamp. After riders have collected as many stamps as possible, they should head over to the Bedlam Theatre for Tour de Nice happy hour specials and raffle prizes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit Nice Ride Minnesota.

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