|Commuter Connection April 2015 Newsletter|
| Commuter Connection’s April 2015 Newsletter includes:
Last month Commuter Connection hosted the 2015 Transportation Summit with 150 attendees from downtown business community, property managers, city and county governmental agencies and transportation organizations. The summit featured transportation professionals who presented new transportation infrastructure, programs, and services that benefit downtown Minneapolis employers, commuters, residents and visitors. Included below are links to the speakers’ presentations. The summit also included a number of vendors who offered their links.
City of Minneapolis: 2015 Projects in Downtown Minneapolis (CCTS)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Be Air Aware
Metro Transit: Metro-Transit-Overview (03.18.2015)
Meet Minneapolis – Visitor Information Center on Nicollet Mall
Hargreaves Associates – Downtown East Commons Park
Hennepin County – Washington Ave Project
MnDOT – 394 Construction
Dero – Zap Twin Cities
The public is invited to view concept drawings for the Southwest LRT stations. The Southwest LRT Project has developed several different station architecture concepts to fit into different settings. This open house is an opportunity to learn about station design and give feedback to project staff. You can also hear a brief presentation on station design at the beginning of each open house.
ST. LOUIS PARK STATIONS
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
EDEN PRAIRIE STATIONS
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
HOPKINS & MINNETONKA STATIONS
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Community meeting, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.: West Broadway reconstruction and LRT in Brooklyn Park
Learn more about the final road design recommendation for the West Broadway reconstruction project between 75th and 93rd avenues. The Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit will run in the median of W. Broadway in this area.
Hear what attendees shared at the March 19 community meeting, as well as progress made since that meeting, and learn more about W. Broadway road and LRT elements.
April 7 agenda
6 p.m. – Open house
For those who need more information about the property acquisition process, please arrive at 5:30 p.m. for an overview presentation.
North Hennepin Community College
Getting Surly with ZAP!
ZAP Twin Cities’ tag line, Bike Commuting Counts, is all about how small successes stack – last year our 2100+ members logged bike miles equal to 23.5x around the world. And employer partners were the largest contributor to that effort.
ZAP Twin Cities is a rewards program that encourages bicycle commuting while providing metrics such as; number of bicycle trips made, cumulative miles biked, calories burned and CO2 emissions reduced. These metrics provide employer partners with quantifiable data to support health & wellness programs, sustainability initiatives and LEED certification points.
ZAP Twin Cities has fifteen employer partners including some of Minneapolis’ largest employers, city and county government and non-profit organizations. We are pleased to enroll Surly Brewing Company as our newest partner. Many Surly employees commute by bike to the beautiful new brewing facilities located in the Prospect Park neighborhood. With a ZAP station located less than a block from the brewery, those bike commuters are adding up the miles they ride. Tap room and beer garden guests who ZAP can also add miles to their dashboard, and Surly provides plenty of bike parking at the main entrance.
Please contact John Barobs for information on ZAP Twin Cities’ employee partnerships.
Every May, communities across the country participate in National Bike Month, a coast-to-coast celebration of cycling. In May 2015, Minneapolis will host Minneapolis Bike Week, organized by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.
Help plan Minneapolis Bike Week! The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is holding an open meeting on Wednesday, April 8th from 5:30 – 7:00 to plan our Bike Week events, pit stops, and downtown bike event. RSVP to Ginny at email@example.com if you plan on attending.
Where: Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, 1428 S Washington Ave, Suite 204, Minneapolis
This year Minneapolis Bike Week will be May 11-17th. For more info: www.mplsbikeweek.org.
Metro Transit Passes to Mpls/St Paul International Film Festival
Ride FREE on Metro Transit to the 34th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 10-12, 2015.
The largest film event in the region, and one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country, the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival annually presents 200+ feature length and short narrative and documentary films from 60+ countries. Enjoy the films and leave the driving to Metro Transit on April 10-12. Get a downloadable pass available at http://mspfilm.org/
In addition to the downloadable bus passes, April 18th is car2go Day at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. All car2go members can show their member cards at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and receive a discounted $10 ticket to any Regular Film. Film festival runs April 9-25.
Tuesday, April 7, 5-7 PM
Transit for Livable Communities‘ 2015 Transportation on Tap happy hour event series kicks off on Tuesday, April 7! Enjoy some free appetizers and talk bike, walk, bus, and rail with other TLC members and friends. The panel will dig into policy and politics with a focus on the Transportation Session.
At this point, Minnesota’s Governor, Senate, and House all have said transportation funding is a priority this legislative session. But what does that really mean for transit, bicycling, and walking? What needs to happen at the State Capitol and on the ground before a final deal is reached?
Bring your questions for another lively happy-hour conversation with this month’s featured panel:
All are welcome, RSVPs are always appreciated.
Zipcar is adding another vehicle to the Downtown Auto Park ramp at LaSalle & 9th. The fleet has also been refreshed with new vehicles. Welcome two 2015 Subaru Imprezas, a new Mazda 3 and Ford Focus, plus two BMW X1s.
With Earth Day coming up, Zipcar is helping to make the world a greener place. Zipcar members drive less while biking, walking and using public transportation more. In fact, Zipsters reduced their carbon emissions by over 1.4 billion lbs. of CO2 (in just the past year alone).
Back by popular demand, car2go is dropping the daily rates every weekend in April to $59 Friday 12:01AM – Sunday 11:59PM and have extended the mileage limit to 300 miles per trip. More details: www.car2go.com
Oak St SE Protected Bikeway
Public Works will host an open house on Monday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Argyle House, 920 Delaware St SE.
A two-way protected bike lane on Oak St SE between East River Pkwy and Washington Ave SE. Construction is scheduled to start this summer.
Simon Blenski, 612-673-5012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015, Minneapolis Public Works is planning to install a two-way protected bike lane on Oak St SE between East River Pkwy and Washington Ave SE. Oak St SE is a high-demand corridor for bicycling, carrying over 1,100 bicyclists per day. The 2015 City Budget has identified funding for protected bikeways and Oak St SE is one of the projects planned for this year.
Oak St SE Bikeway Summary (updated April 2, 2015)
What is a protected bikeway?
Not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a regular bike lane. A protected bikeway creates a more comfortable space to ride that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. A separated facility can attract a wider demographic of riders and the City sees protected bikeways as an important tool to increase bicycling in Minneapolis.
The Oak St SE project would establish a two-way protected bike lane along the west side of Oak St SE. The bike lane would be separated from motor vehicle traffic by a painted buffer, delineator posts, and on-street parking in some areas. The project would resemble a trail-like facility with enhancements at intersections to manage interactions between bicyclists and drivers.