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Fall 2013 Newsletter – Commuter Connection

While Fall has not officially begun, the air is brisk, children are off to school, and the State Fair is over. Learn what Commuter Connection has been up to this summer what what’s coming around the bend in fall 2013 for transportation programs, policy, and projects.

Commuter Connection’s Fall 2013 Newsletter includes:

New Carpool Campaign Launched for Downtown Minneapolis Commuters

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Star Tribune advertisement. Click for larger view.

Carpooling is a fast and fun way to commute to and from work in downtown Minneapolis. Carpoolers get to use HOV lanes and wiz by the bumper to bumper traffic and start their day off on the right foot by talking with coworkers rather than getting steamed over aggressive drivers. On top of  starting your day off well and setting the stage for a positive day, carpoolers have access to low cost parking all over downtown Minneapolis. Save money, save time, and save your sanity, commute by carpool.

Our new carpool campaign is ramping up and we have been working with IN Marketing and Design to create marketing materials, advertise in the Star Tribune, in the skyway, and even on the Twin’s Stadium electronic billboard. Commuter Connection has been beefing up their website to bust the carpooling myths and let people know what counts as carpooling and how to carpooling a try.

Commuter Connection’s carpool campaign runs August through December of 2013.


October is Carpool Month

October is known for beautiful fall colors, carving pumpkins, hot apple cider, and… carpooling. One month out of the year, Commuter Connection focuses on spreading the word and creating some excitement via competitions or events to promote carpooling. carpool-minneapolis-happy-people

If you are an employer, we would love to work with you to create a fun challenge to encourage your employees to give carpooling a try. We can focus on a specific week of the month, help create a method for employees to find carpool partners, or brainstorm to create some fun challenges that will build workplace camaraderie and team engagement. Contact Commuter Connection now to plan for your October carpool events.


Commuter Choice Awards

commuter choice awardWe’re putting the spotlight on organizations, employers, and individuals for their great work in promoting alternatives to driving alone. Nominations came in last month for this metro-wide program that salutes creative commuting programs and advocates.

The Commuter Choice Awards program recognizes organizations and employers that promote taking the bus or train, walking, bicycling, vanpooling, carpooling or teleworking. Awards for individuals recognize those who demonstrate a commitment for transportation options in their workplace, school or community.

We’ll announce the winners at an event set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at St. Anthony Main Event Centre (219 SE Main St., Minneapolis). Keynote speaker will be KARE 11 Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

Questions and RSVP, please contact us.


Happy Birthday ZAP Twin Cities

Just one year ago our bicycle commuting program ZAP Twin Cities launched to a small number of bicycle commuters destined for downtown Minneapolis. We knew it would be popular, but had no idea how massive it would become.

Across the Twin Cities, we currently have 4,367 active bicycle commuters enrolled in the program that have made 292,499 commutes by bike.

The ZAP Twin Cities program continues to grow as improvements are made and more companies sign on to offer bike commuting benefits to their workforce.



Upcoming Events:

Nicollet-Central Meeting on Monday, September 9th

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The City of Minneapolis is hosting a public open house to share new information on the enhanced bus and modern streetcar being considered on Central Avenue NE, Nicollet Mall, and Nicollet Avenue S.

Monday, September 9th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall


Minneapolis Bike Tour

minneapolis bike tour 2013

The annual Minneapolis Bike Tour is Sunday, September 15th.  The tour provides individuals and families the opportunity to enjoy Minneapolis’ spectacular park and byway systems at their own pace, unhindered by motorized traffic. Proceeds benefit the Minneapolis park system and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

Parkways are closed to motorized traffic for both a short (14 mile) and a long (37 mile) route. The long course spans the entire scenic Grand Rounds Byway System, showcasing several Minneapolis lakes, and traveling along the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Creek. The short course offers a circuit around Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Both routes include rest stops with refreshments and bike mechanics. Participants are encouraged to sitck around at the finish line while they enjoy live music, vendor booths and post-ride snacks.

Commuter Choice Awards

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
St. Anthony Main Event Centre
219 SE Main St., Minneapolis
Keynote speaker: KARE 11 Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard

Questions and RSVP, please contact us.