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News & Events

May 2015 Newsletter

 

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

Breathe Easy – Enjoy The Ride

  Meet Breezy, the playful basset hound bounding over the hillside, ears flying, tongue hanging out, tail wagging in the wind. Breezy, dog slobber aside, is the fun-loving mascot for Commuter Connection’s spring outreach campaign called “Breathe Easy”- an extension of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s “Be Air Aware” initiative. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness of air pollution levels in the Twin Cities and how individuals can improve air quality. The tagline for the Breathe Easy campaign is “Enjoy The Ride” – meaning that actions taken to impact air quality, like commuting by bike, are fun. Help Breezy and his human counterparts to be able to Breathe Easy this summer.Look for Breezy online starting May 15th, or at dozens of downtown Minneapolis outreach events this spring and summer. “Breathe Easy”  builds awareness of the Air Quality Index and how personal choices can directly impact air quality. Outreach efforts target face-to-face conversations with over 7000 folks regarding their transportation options,  air alerts, and shopping habits.  The “Enjoy the Ride” component asks folks to consider non-drive-alone options for commuting, shopping and entertainment trips.Make a “Breathe Easy” pledge to reduce drive-alone trips, make more sustainable choices and stay informed about air quality issues and get rewarded with a Chinook Book 60-day access pass mobile app. The pass provides access to over 400 discounts at local businesses that offer sustainable products, services or activities.  The Chinook Book pass makes sustainable choices easier and offers hundreds of opportunities right in the Twin Cities. The new website goes live  for for Bike To Work Day on May 15: www.breatheezmpls.org

Pledges are entered into a drawing for a Minneapolis STAYCATION package featuring:

Minneapolis Bike Week May 11-17



There’s Something For Everyone

Every May, communities across the country participate in National Bike Month, a coast-to-coast celebration of cycling. Next week Minneapolis hosts Minneapolis Bike Week, organized by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

Minneapolis Bike Week showcases the ease, simplicity and enjoyment of biking.  The week-long celebration feature events for bikers of all levels. For those wanting to try bicycling, there’s “Nice Ride Day” on May 13 – a wonderful opportunity to hop onto a bike-share bike  without having to own one. Experienced riders interested in diving into bike culture can check out “Go By Bike Day – Life on Two Wheels” on May 12.  On May 15th you are encouraged to leave the car in the garage and take the two-wheeler on your commute for “Bike To Work Day”. If you’ve never biked to work, give it a try, maybe start a trend for the summer.  Bike Week rounds up with “Family Parks Day” on Sunday, May 17.  Attach the Burley and bring the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful parks.  One week on two-wheels may just get you hooked.

 

 

 Getting to Target Field Has Never Been Easier


Metro Transit makes getting to a Twins game fast and easy. Use the interactive Trip Planner and get details instantly.

bus iconBus:  These bus routes stop near Target Field:  4, 5141922361949146794561422

Ride the Twins Express (Route 679), with game-day service to every game from the I-394 & County Road 73 Park & Ride ramp.  Learn more about the Twins Express (Route 679)

Light Rail iconMETRO Blue & Green lines: Both light-rail lines drop you off right at the ballpark. The METRO Green Line operates frequently from St. Paul, or park in one of 2,500 free spaces along the METRO Blue Line at the 28th Avenue or Fort Snelling stations. If you’re coming from the south metro, remember that METRO Red Line buses connect with a free transfer to the Blue Line at Mall of America for service to Target Field.

Northstar iconNorthstar Commuter Rail

The Northstar Line provides daily commuter service to Target Field Station, with five morning and five afternoon trips each weekday. Northstar serves all Minnesota Twins homes games and select special events at Target Field.

> NEW! See the schedule for Northstar service to Twins games PLUS  Buy online and save – click to get your ticket or Northstar Family Pass

Carpool iconCarpool

Save on gas and parking costs when you double up. Metro Transit can help you find someone who wants to share the ride. Try our Rideshare Planner. Carpoolers may qualify for reduced rate parking at ramps near Target Field.

Bicycle iconBicycle

All buses and trains have free bicycle racks so you can take transit part of the way and pedal the rest. Get details on bike parking at Target Field.

 

Protected Bikeways Update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan


The Minneapolis Public Works Department is preparing an update to the Bicycle Master Plan on Protected Bikeways. The Draft Protected Bikeway Update to the Bicycle Master Plan is available for public comment through May 17, 2015. Comments can be emailed through May 17, 2015 to protectedbikewaysmpls@minneapolismn.gov. The Bicycle Master Plan includes some 18 protected bikeways that have been identified for the first tier of the plan.

What is a protected bikeway?

A protected bikeway is a bicycle facility that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Off-street trails are the most common type of protected bikeway; however, protected bikeways may also be located within street corridors and separated from traffic lanes through parked cars, curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical feature.

Why do we need protected bikeways?

Minneapolis is a great city for bicycling. The bicycle network has been expanded significantly in recent years, and a lot of people are biking. However, not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a bike lane. There are some parts of the city where potential bicycling demand is high, but where low-stress bikeway facilities such as trails, bike boulevards, and lower-traffic streets aren’t an option. To continue to grow bicycling in Minneapolis, we need to make more of the city easier to bike for more people.

 

Nice Ride Employer Program


 

For 2015, Nice Ride Minnesota launched a brand new employer and university discount program for organizations looking to encourage active and healthy transportation. Full online registration is now available and makes managing the program easy for the facilitator. Employees and students can receive deep discounts on 1-year Nice Ride memberships with a cost to the organization of just $15 per person that signs up. See Nice Ride Groups  for more information.

 

New Hennepin County Bike Maps Are Here


Drum roll please…the 2015 Hennepin County Bike Maps are out now! Plan your ride on Hennepin County’s 651 miles of bikeways and explore the network of trails. Ride from Downtown to St. Bonifacius, or the Elm Creek Park to Hyland Park without ever leaving a dedicated bike lane.

2015 Hennepin County Bike Map features;

• 226 miles of off-street, 425 miles of on-street        bikeways

• Minneapolis neighborhood inset map with Grand Rounds

• Downtown inset map with ZAP stations

The map demonstrates the rapid growth of the bike trail network.  In 1997 Hennepin County had 350 miles of bikeways. By 2014 the network has grown to 651 miles with plans for more than 1,190 miles of bikeways by 2040. For more info; www.hennepin.us/bikeplan

Pick them up at Commuter Connection,  M-F, 10am – 5:15pm,  220 South 6th St, suite 230, Minneapolis

 

 

 

Happy Birthday – MnPASS turns 10!


   

May 16th marks the 10th birthday of the MnPASS I-394 high occupancy toll (HOT) lane and we found a fitting birthday cake for the occasion. MnPASS holders have usage of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and share it with mass transit and carpoolers. In 2005 the HOV lanes were enhanced to  Mn/PASS 394 Express Lanes. These lanes permit single occupant drivers to pay a user fee to access the HOV lanes. Speeds and capacity of the HOT lane are maintained by dynamically changing the toll according to the demand and use of the lane. Currently, the toll ranges from $0.25 up to $8.00. In-vehicle transponders, road scanners, and loop detectors are the tools used to automate the processes of toll collection and pricing without stopping or slowing down drivers. That being said, on May 16th do not attempt to grab a slice of cake from a moving vehicle.