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November 2014 Newsletter



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Commuter Connection’s November 2014 Newsletter includes:

Public meetings for Metro Transit Improvement Plan

Metro Transit is developing a 10- to 15-year Service Improvement Plan that will guide future expansion of the agency’s local and express bus route network. The plan will address the types of service improvements to make, how to prioritize those improvements and the resources needed to implement them. A draft plan has been created after conducting research earlier this year. Now it’s your turn to weigh in on it. You can submit comments (by Nov. 30) in a variety of ways.

Public meetings: Saturday, Nov. 8 – 1 to 3:30 pm

North Community YMCA
1711 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis  Served by Route 14

Thursday, Nov. 13 – 6 to 7:30 pm

Hennepin County Southdale Library
7001 York Avenue South, Edina  Served by routes 6538

Saturday, Nov. 15 – 1 to 3:30 pm

Conway Recreation Center
2090 Conway Avenue, St. Paul  Served by routes 63707480219

Monday, Nov. 17 – 6 to 7:30 pm

Anoka County Northtown Central Library
711 County Hwy. 10 NE, Blaine


Tuesday, Nov. 18 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm

Metropolitan Council Chambers
390 North Robert Street, St. Paul  Served by multiple downtown routes, METRO Green Line

For more info: , or 651-602-1500


Your input needed for downtown protected bikeways

Interested in downtown Minneapolis protected bikeways? Please join us for the Downtown Routes Meeting, a subgroup of Bikeways for Everyone, on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Coalition Office (1428 Washington Avenue S #204 above Town Hall Brewery). Plan on brainstorming ways to engage people around protected bikeways and provide feedback on communications materials.

New volunteers are encouraged to come. Questions?  More details at:


Zap Twin Cities partners with employers and property managers

 ZAP Twin Cities benefits members, employers and property managers

ZAP Twin Cities, a regional bicycle education, encouragement and rewards program, is looking to expand its partnerships with downtown employers and property managers.  ZAP Twin Cities offers employers an easy way to supplement their wellness, sustainability or transportation benefits programs.  For a nominal set up fee, employers get an online dashboard that allows them to count employee bike trips, tabulate the cumulative health and environmental benefits of these trips, and communicate with and reward employees who bike to work.  Property managers can use to ZAP to encourage tenants to bicycle to work, measure the ROI of their bicycle commuting facilities, support their LEED certification efforts and make long-term plans for bicycle infrastructure investments.  Contact Bill Andre for more information.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz has 3500 bikes to fix!

1500 bikes finished, 3500 need fixing! FB4K needs your help! 

The used bike drive last month was a big success, but now the bikes need to be put into working order. 5000 kids are depending on Santa and Free Bikes 4 Kidz to have bikes ready for them by December 6th. We can’t let them down. Please bring your mechanic skills to the FB4K warehouse and help us get this done! To volunteer:


Keep pedaling all winter long!

Cold enough for ya, eh?

Don’t hang the bike helmet up for the winter season just yet! Commuter Connection Winter Cycling Basics class can keep you enjoying that bicycle commute right through winter. We can show you how to keep warm and ride safe with the challenges of winter riding. This 45 minute class covers the basics of winter cycling: from clothing, gear and bike choices to winter bicycle maintenance and handling. Commuter Connection offers this is a free service to downtown Minneapolis employers and property managers. Contact Bill Andre to host a class at your work site


Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Maps

The City’s   Walking Routes for Youth Map  help students and families navigate their neighborhoods in a new way! Schools, parks, libraries and other great destinations are found on the map, along with a network of routes that connect them all. The maps are available in four languages: English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Choose your best format:  Pan & Zoom version , Printable 8.5″ x 11″ Tiled PDFs  , a large format, folded print version, or a mobile version. where you can track your location on the map with your smart phone or other GPS enabled mobile device. For the mobile version:

Step 1. Download the FREE Avenza PDF Maps app on your phone or mobile device

Step 2. Search for and download the FREE “Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map” from the Avenza app store

Pick up a large format, folded printed map at Commuter Connection located in the skyway level. 220 South 6th St. suite 230 in the US Bank Plaza Building in Minneapolis. Printed maps available while supplies last.

Car sharing updates

Parking spaces are now set aside for Car2Go users at select METRO Blue Line stations. The parking spaces are at Lake St. Park & Ride, 46th Street Station, and at the Fort Snelling Park & Ride. Car2Go members can use the vehicles to travel to and from the light-rail stations. For more info contact:


Weisman Art Museum: Native Kids Ride Bikes

Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag: Native Kids Ride Bikes

Catch an exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum of lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth that captures beauty in a form a personal transportation. Bright colors, intricate bead-work and ancient imagery transform bicycles into functional artifacts. The students studied the sacred Anishinaabeg teachings known as Niizhwaaswi G’mishomisinaanig — Our Seven Grandfathers, or seven core values — in creating the bikes. Felt pennants, flags, photographs, and a video of the bikes in the works are also included in the exhibition. The exhibit runs through January 4th. See website for museum hours. Admission is free.

Weisman Art Museum 333 East River Road, University of Minnesota