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News & Events

December 2014 Newsletter

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 Commuter Connection’s December 2014 Newsletter includes:

Winter Bike Expo: make some tracks in the snow!

Snow and cold getting you down? Didn’t think so! Find your winter biking adventure at the Winter Bike Expo December 6-7 at the Freewheel Bike Midtown Center located on the Midtown Greenway. Check out winter biking seminars, commuting in snow, see the latest winter gear, fat-bike demos and more. Find out all you need to keep pedaling all winter long. For details:

Zap expands in the North Loop


ZAP Twin Cities expands! The North Loop will soon be home to a new ZAP station located at 401 N 2nd Street. The new station will be operational and zapping this month. This fills a gap for riders who ride in from North Minneapolis and the Loop via on-street bike lanes along the North 2nd Street bridge.

Getting your winter-beater bike out to face the snow, salt and slush?  Add that second bike to your ZAP Twin Cities membership and keep on Zapping all winter. Contact John Barobs to add Zap tags to your account.

ZAP Twin Cities is a regional bicycle education, encouragement and rewards program designed for cyclists, downtown employers and property managers. Solar powered ZAP stations track participating cyclists’ mileage, calories burned and carbon footprint reduction. Contact Bill Andre for more info on ZAP Twin Cities employer wellness benefits programs.

Holiday Hot Haus: Piazza on the Mall

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from unique, inviting, and experiences with the downtown community. On Friday, December 12th from 4-10PM, all are welcome to the Piazza on the Mall to warm up with great food, fun, and fire.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy a uniquely Minnesota experience. The Hot Haus hall offers food, beer, and wine, roasted s’mores, multiple campfires, and invite all to play (or learn how to play) traditional nordic winter games like Kubb. Try outdoor curling, with free lessons provided by Olympic medal winner (2006) John Shuster.

This holiday event is made possible by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis and is a production of The Musicant Group. Facebook: Twitter: #holidayhothaus


Hang a LTR train from your tree?






Okay, so you can’t hang a real 100,000 lbs Blue Line LRT car on your Christmas tree, but a 4″ Lego LRT car replica is the next best thing. This custom kit from our friends at the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club is fun to build and won’t tip the tree over. A must for traniacs of all ages! Purchase the LRT ornament for $18 at the Commuter Connection store at 220 S 6th St #230 (skyway level), downtown Minneapolis. The store also offers a line of winter accessories including; ColdAvenger Balaclava Face Masks, Yaktrax Pro for ice-traction footwear and winter biking gear.

Metro Transit offers free rides to Timberwolves games!


Metro Transit is partnering with the Minnesota Timberwolves to help make getting to games easy. Say goodbye to parking hassles and traffic congestion downtown. Take Metro Transit instead and ride free!

To get your free ride on Metro Transit buses and METRO lines, simply download and print a transit pass (which is available here) and show it to the bus driver or Transit Police officer. You can ride free two hours before the game starts until two hours after the last buzzer sounds. The free-ride offer is not available on Northstar. Get Timberwolves schedule information here.

Need help planning your trip to Target Center? Call a transit expert at or use the interactive Trip Planner.

>Accessorizing your bike-style just got cooler

When it comes time to accessorize your bike-style, the North Loop just made the grade with the recent opening of the Minneapolis Chrome HUB. Minneapolis now joins the ranks of San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle with a full-service bike outfitter specializing in clothing, footwear and built-to-suit custom bags. The Minneapolis Chrome HUB combines part retail, part factory design with a dedicated entertainment space to accommodate events that surround art, music and community.  The store is located at 115 Washington Ave N in Minneapolis, right next to One On One Bicycle Studios.

>Car sharing updates

Car sharing is a great way to fill the gap for transit commuters and local residents who have an occasional need for hourly car rental without the cost and upkeep of owning their own vehicle.

Car sharing news: Car2go launched a new app to allow members full access via their smartphone. Mobile Access provides car2go members the ability to find the nearest car, reserve it, and start a car2go trip all through the car2go app. When the trip is completed, the “Auto End” feature will automatically log you out after 15 seconds.

Transportation On Tap: Youth & Active Transportation

A Transit for Livable Communities Happy Hour Event
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5-7 PM
Republic (West Bank)
221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Enjoy light appetizers and talk bike, walk, bus, and rail with other TLC members and friends. This month’s topic is: Youth & Active Transportation.

It’s clear that Millennials are influencing transportation trends—but how will the next generation get around? What roles will infrastructure, access, and youth education play in determining bicycling and walking rates down the road? What are the implications for health and equity? How can we engage today’s kids and teens around active transportation? And what helps or hinders young families who want to be multimodal?

This month’s featured panel:

  • Nicole Campbell, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MnDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Section
  • Amber Dallman, Physical Activity Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Casey Pavek, General Manager, Venture North

All are welcome, but RSVPs are always appreciated.