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February 2015 Newsletter

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 Commuter Connection’s February 2015 Newsletter includes:

2015 Annual Transportation Summit

Announcing the Annual Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Summit on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:00am – 1:30pm at US Bank Plaza • North Tower, 31st Floor,  220 S. 6th St., MinneapolisThe 2015 Transportation Summit features special guest, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. Transportation professionals will provide the inside scoop on key infrastructure, programs, and services that will impact downtown employers, commuters, residents and visitors. Topics include:

  •  Metro Transit Update
  • City of Minneapolis Downtown Road Construction and Projects Update
  • Air Quality Alert Program Update
  • Commuter Connection Update

The event is open to all downtown Minneapolis residents, employers and property managers. Due to space limitations, we ask for a maximum of two representatives from any one organization. Lunch will be provided. Please register by Monday, March 9th, online: or phone: 612.335.5910. Please consider a $20 donation.

Mpls Zappers went the distance…23.5 times!

How does a little daily bike commute into downtown turn into the equivalent of circumnavigating the planet over 23 times in one year?  The answer: one Zap at a time. Those Zaps really added up when 2,133 Minneapolis members pinged the Zap readers 61,185 times in 2014.

ZAP Twin Cities is a regional bicycle educational and rewards program 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. Members follow their progress on a web dashboard and earn prizes as their bicycle commute is automatically tabulated with each ride. Want to get Zapped?  Contact John Barobs, get a Zap tag on your bike wheel and start Zapping.

MnDOT Seeks Input on Statewide Bike Plan

Here is a chance for input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s statewide bike plan! They are seeking public input during a series of meetings across the state in February and March.  All open houses are from 5-7 pm. Children’s activities and snacks will be provided. All are invited to learn about the plan progress and to provide additional feedback at activity stations. These are not formal presentations, but project team members and planning partners will be available for questions and discussion.

Meetings will be held from 5-7 pm

  • Feb. 11 in Minneapolis – University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center, Room 105, 2001 Plymouth Ave N. More details here.
  • Feb. 18 in Bemidji – Hampton Inn and Suites, Sunken Island Room, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE More details here.
  • Feb. 19 in Granite Falls – Kilowatt Community Center, 600 Kilowatt Dr. More details here.
  • Feb. 24 in Mankato – Blue Earth County Library Auditorium, 100 E. Main St. More details here.
  • Feb. 25 in Saint Paul – Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center, Westside Room, 179 Robie St. E More details here.
  • Feb. 26 in Duluth – City Hall, room 303, 411 W. First St. More details here.
  • Mar. 11 in Rochester – University Center Rochester, Heintz Center Classroom, HA 104. Park in the east lot of Heintz Center, enter door H-9, 1926 College View Road E. More details here.
  • Mar. 12 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Center, Kelly/Voltuck/Nikle Rooms, 1527 Northway Dr. More details here.

After a great turnout for the first round of Statewide Bicycle System Plan public outreach meetings last spring, MnDOT’s second round of meetings are scheduled for community members to learn about the plan’s progress and to provide another opportunity to give additional feedback to help guide next steps. Project team members and planning partners, including BikeMN, will be available for questions. This is a great way to get involved and advocate for bicycling across the state!

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 on Wednesday, April 8, from 11a.m. – 1p.m. at the Union Depot (Waiting Room), 214 4th St. E., St. Paul.

Northstar Service Guarantee Extended

The Northstar on-time service guarantee extended through February. Your time means a lot to you; your satisfaction with Northstar is important. That’s why Metro Transit created a new program for Northstar customers.

Through the end of February, if any weekday Northstar trip (excluding special event trains) is 11 or more minutes late, your ride is on Metro Transit.  Click here to see Northstar’s performance

How it works

Use a Go-To Card or pass to pay your fare. If a train is 11 or more minutes late to either Target Field or Big Lake stations, Metro Transit send you a refund check for the fare based on your starting point. To be eligible for a refund, touch your Go-To Card or pass to a reader before you board a train.

Learn more about the program: Read Frequently Asked Questions To reach a transit expert at or use the interactive Trip Planner.

Car Sharing News

HOURCAR Opens New Downtown Location

HOURCAR expands to more locations in downtown Minneapolis with a new Honda Fit hatchback sponsored by the University of Saint Thomas. It can be found at the corner of LaSalle Ave and 11th St, in the heart of downtown, across the street from Target Headquarters.

Friday, Feb. 13 is International Winter Bike To Work Day

The annual Winter Bike To Work And School Day takes place Friday, February 13. This year Twin Cities’ cyclists are ready to take on the world with the most participants. The event promotes winter cycling and creates awareness that commuting by bike is safe, fun and healthy all year long. People from all over the world pledge to ride to school or work on February 13 and earn their city some serious bike creed in the process. Oulu, Finland took the prize last year with the most participants. So far, 151 pledges have come in from the Twin Cities! The long-range forecast show decent weather for the 13th – great winter biking weather!  Put in your pledge today.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Click HERE to commit to ride on and submit your location.
  2. On February, 13th, pedal your bike to work or school.
  3. After your commute, check the stats on the website for bragging rights.
  4. Have a hot cocoa and bask in the glory of winter biking.