|Commuter Connection October 2014 Newsletter|
| Commuter Connection’s October 2014 Newsletter includes:
Free Bikes 4 Kidz – Donate/volunteer on Sat. Oct. 11 @ one of 47 Twin Cities locations. Goal = 6,000 Bikes 4 Kidz
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, teams of volunteers clean and refurbish them, and the bikes are given away to kids in need. Dust off those unused, unloved bikes in your garage, and get them ready to donate on October 11th. Free Bikes 4 Kidz has ONE DAY ONLY to collect the 5,000-6,000 bikes! Drop off used bikes at one of the 47 Allina Health locations accepting donations on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find a location near you at allinahealth.org/fb4k.
Try it, you’ll like it.
It’s a great time to get started with a carpool. Join a list of people who are interested in carpooling. Use the online Matching Tool, enter your commute and see possible carpool partners.
If you carpool to work at least three times per week, you’re eligible for our Guaranteed Ride Home program in case you have to work late or get home due to an emergency. You also may be eligible for preferred parking and cheaper auto insurance rates! Find out more and join the carpool movement.
ZAP Twin Cities is poised to enter its third year with 5500 members, 15 employer partnerships and many new milestones reached! The program launched at the University of Minnesota in January of 2012 with downtown Minneapolis and St Paul programs soon following. ZAP Twin Cities is a free, automated, biking incentive program that uses radio frequency identification tags to log participants’ biking trips into downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul and the University of Minnesota campus. Bike commuters are rewarded for their Zaps earning prizes and gift cards.
Ride data is automatically uploaded to the ZAP Twin Cities website. Participants can view their Zapped rides, miles biked, calories burned, CO2 reduced and gallons of gas saved. Within the past week Zap participants have surpassed 4,000,000 miles biked (equivalent to 8 round-trips to the moon!), and 2,700,000 lbs of CO2 not going into the atmosphere. To get started check out the Zap User Guide.
Transportation on Tap: The Next Wave of Bike/Ped Innovation
On October 14, Transit For Livable Communities (TLC) is hosting Transportation on Tap at Republic at Seven Corners on the West Bank. Enjoy appetizers and talk bike, walk, bus, and rail with TLC members and friends. This month’s event features Laura Kling (Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition), Jessica Treat (Saint Paul Smart Trips), and others to discuss the next wave of bike/ped innovation in the Twin Cities. TLC’s Pam Moore moderates.
All are welcome, but RSVPs are always appreciated. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a chill in the air as the orange-brown leaves rain down – sure signs of fall. Flashes of neon green, however, still zip by on the bike paths. That would be Nice Ride, the popular bike sharing service, encouraging everyone to hop on a bike and enjoy the autumn colors all October long. Nice Ride will shut down for the season the evening of November 2nd.
The program’s 1500 bikes and 170 kiosks were kept busy in 2014. Nice Ride trips are up 40 percent over 2013, with the same number of stations and bikes as last year. New this summer is the first automatic key dispenser in the world. It’s installed on Nicollet Mall, in front of the Hyatt Hotel. New members can still receive their key in the mail, or get a key at the new dispenser without waiting. Nice Ride plans to expand to about 20 key dispensers in the 2015 season.
If you are taking public transportation the evening of Saturday, Oct. 11th near Downtown Minneapolis, do not be alarmed about sharing your ride with blood splattered zombies. The un-dead are amassing in the Warehouse District for the Zombie Pub Crawl. All revelers in this bloodbath party of brain-eating walking corpses are encouraged to take public transportation or a cab. It is a fun evening of “people” watching. Relax, most zombies are harmless…I said most.
As countries like China choke on severely polluted, unhealthy air, it is a reminder how fortunate we are in Minnesota to have air quality that has improved over time for most pollutants. Despite our clear skies, the more we learn about the health impacts of air pollution, the more stringent federal air quality standards will become. Minnesota is uniquely positioned to develop state-oriented solutions to these regulatory and public health challenges.
Join Environmental Initiative for a conversation about:
• How your business, county, city, or organization may be impacted by more stringent federal air quality standards
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP online by Wednesday, November 5th. Contact Gena Gerard at 612-334-3388 ext. 103 with questions.
The Twin Cities Heavy Pedal ride scheduled for Saturday, October 4 has been canceled. Sharpen you local rock trivia over the winter months and the Heavy Pedal concept will be revisited in 2015.