A more than 4,000-mile journey came to an end Thursday for 126 bicycles, delivered from the Netherlands to Rochester, finally coming to rest at Fire Station No. 2 at Silver Lake Park.
These bicycles have many more miles ahead, though; the delivery was Rochester's fleet to be used in its Nice Ride Minnesota community bike-sharing program.
The city of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mayo Clinic to bring the program to Rochester.
Kim Edens will head the program as general manager and operations manager. She was the first to take down one of the 126 new bicycles Thursday that were delivered from a Dutch bicycle maker.
The bicycles should be ready for public use within four weeks, Edens said. She and partner organizations are planning a launch event, with a date to be announced.
More information on Nice Ride and its programs across the state is available at niceridemn.org .