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April 2015 Newsletter


Commuter Connection April 2015 Newslettercommuter connection newsletter fall 2013
 Commuter Connection’s April 2015 Newsletter includes:

2015 Transportation Summit Information Follow Up

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)

Commuter Connection transit video   If you would like a customized copy of the Commuter Connection Transit Benefits Video, please contact Dan MacLaughlin at 612.370.3987.


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Be Air Aware
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Meet Minneapolis – Visitor Information Center on Nicollet Mall

Hargreaves Associates – Downtown East Commons Park

Metro Transit – Orange LineMetropassRider Alerts

Hennepin County – Washington Ave Project

MnDOT – 394 Construction

Dero – Zap Twin Cities

City of Minneapolis – Proposed Interactive Construction MapCurrent Interactive

Construction Map

Southwest LRT Project Station Design Open Houses & Blue Line Extension Community Meeting


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.


Wednesd​ay, April 8, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park


Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Eden Prairie City Center
8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie


Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hopkins City Hall
1010 First Street South, Hopkins


  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
7:15 p.m. – Brief presentation

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
Center for Business Technology (CBT)
Room 195/Grand Hall
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


Surly Brewing Co. Joins ZAP Twin Cities

 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.

Help Plan Minneapolis Bike Week 2015!

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 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:

BookmarkMetro 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

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.



TLC’s Transportation On Tap: The Transportation Session

Tuesday, April 7, 5-7 PM
Republic, 221 Cedar Ave S, West Bank area of Minneapolis

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:

  • Katie Hatt, Transportation & Public Policy Consultant
  • Vayong Moua, Senior Advocacy & Health Equity Principal, Center for Prevention, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Bethany Winkels, Field Director, Move MN
  • Dave Van Hattum (moderator), Advocacy Director, Transit for Livable Communities

All are welcome, RSVPs  are always appreciated

Car Sharing Zone

 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:

Oak St SE Protected Bikeway Open House

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.

Project Scope

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.

Contact Information

Simon Blenski, 612-673-5012 or

Project Background

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.