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News & Events

January 2015 Newsletter

commuter connection newsletter fall 2013
 Commuter Connection’s January 2015 Newsletter includes:

Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Commuter Choice Awards

Have a rock star that needs to be recognized?

We’re putting the spotlight on organizations, employers, building owners/management companies, government agencies and individuals for their great work in promoting alternatives to driving alone. Help us salute creative commuting champions – submit a nomination for the 2015 Commuter Choice Awards program today!

What is the Commuter Choice Awards program?

Commuter Choice Awards honor programs or initiatives 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 or community.

Nominate a candidate at The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 25. Award winners will be recognized at an award ceremony this spring, details coming soon.

ZAP goes to the moon and back…three times!


ZAP Twin Cities members reached a new milestone last month: 150,000 bicycle trips were Zapped in the Twin Cities since the program launched in 2012. Those Zappers have logged over 1,500,000 miles – mostly commuting into downtown.  That’s the equivalent of; 1153 times around Lake Superior, 250 times to Tokyo, 60 times around the world, 3 times to the moon and back…well, you get the picture!

ZAP Twin Cities is a regional bicycle educational and rewards program with over 5500 members designed for recreational cyclists, bike commuters, downtown employers and property managers. Solar powered ZAP stations track participating cyclists’ mileage, calories burned and carbon footprint reduction. Want to have your bike Zapped?  Contact John Barobs and start Zapping.

Policy And A Pint: Buses, Bikes and Beyond

Citizens League presents Policy And A Pint – Jan. 15th

Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 West 6th Street, downtown Saint Paul
Gen. admission: $10, Students: $5 Purchase Tickets, Doors: 5:30, Program: 6:00

At the next Policy And A Pint®: Buses, Bikes and Beyond, Steve Seel (89.3 The Current) will host a discussion about how our region is adapting to the changing needs and desires of residents in both urban and rural areas with regards to mass transit, ride share, biking culture and that mainstay of American transportation: the mighty car.

Steve Seel talks with panelists Charlie Zelle, Commissioner at Minnesota Department of Transportation, Rita Albrecht, mayor of Bemidji, and John Doan, Director – Housing, Community Works and Transit at Hennepin County

Design Cycles: A Bike Show


Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, Saint Paul Campus
1985 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55108

January 24 – May 10, 2015
Opening Party: Friday, January 23, 6-8:30pm

See why Minneapolis consistently trends as one of the top five bike cities in the USA. We have a committed bike culture with some of the most innovative bicycle designers in the business.

See frames by regional builders including Erik Noren and Curt Goodrich, gear and tools by Twin Six and Bike Fixtation, and history of Surly’s big fatbike. A short history on early bicycles and maps will provide insights into the inherent allure of bicycles. The bicycle’s historic role in liberating the individual, and its more contemporary role in liberating the individual from the automobile, has positioned it as a political object.

Metro Transit offers free rides to Minnesota Swarm  lacrosse games at Xcel Center!


Metro Transit is partnering with the Minnesota Swarm to help make getting to games easy. Say goodbye to parking hassles and traffic congestion in downtown Saint Paul. 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 (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 the Swarm schedule information here.

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

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: The company that pioneered car-sharing is turning 15.  Join Zipcar in celebration of their 15th birthday with treats, prizes, driving credit, and special discounts from 9a-5:30p on January 15th at the Zipcar Minneapolis office at 733 Marquette (next to Metro Transit).

HOURCAR Launches New Business Plan

HOURCAR’s new business plan provides the convenience of a fleet at a much lower cost. Cars are available for a discounted price of $7.50 per hour during the workday and include 100 free miles per reservation. The annual membership fee is $75 per year, or $25 per year for nonprofits. Gas and insurance are included.


FixIt Bike Repair stations: Free Tools & Air

So, you’ve pedaled into downtown and then realize your tire is nearly flat. Don’t worry, you’re not stranded. For those little bike crisis when tires need air, a cable comes loose, or the handle bars need an adjustment, a FixIt Bike Repair station is just what you need. These mini-repair stations provide a basic tools (on cables), air pumps and a bike holder to get the job done. There are six free FixIt Bike Repair stations in Minneapolis including the brand new HCMC location at the bike corral on 7th St South near Park Ave. Other FixIt locations: U of M Bike Center, Seward Coop, Dero Headquarters in Prospect Park and two locations on the Midtown Greenway.