“In its vision statement
, Nice Ride says one of its goals is to increase access to bikes and create vibrant town centers in outstate Minnesota. Plans are rolling along to do that next summer in Bemidji, said spokesman Anthony Desnick. Nice Ride picked the northern Minnesota community of 13,400 because of its coffee shops, hotels, and access to regional trails.
“It met the litmus test of being a place where tourists could go for two or three days and not have to use a car to get around,” Desnick said. The hope is that locals then would see how feasible biking is and hop on.”