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Move Minneapolis November 2015 Newsletter

Move Minneapolis – November 2015 Newsletter

 Move Minneapolis’ November 2015 Newsletter includes:

Move Minneapolis Has Landed On Nicollet

    

October 12th was a monumental day in the history of the Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO) known as Commuter Connection. After 22 years in the skyway level of the US Bank Plaza building, Commuter Connection closed up shop. In one fell swoop the TMO rebranded as Move Minneapolis, opened a new storefront at 505 Nicollet Mall and launched the moveminneapolis.org splash page (watch for the full website to go live in December).

This project, over a year in the making, culminated with the soft-opening of the beautiful corner store location in the heart of downtown. Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet serves the needs of downtown commuters, residents, businesses and visitors. The tagline “Shop. Move. Find.” exemplifies a very unique partnership between Move Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis and St Croix Promotions & Retail to provide visitor information, transportation services all wrapped up in a Minneapolis themed retail experience. Go To Pass holders and carpool registrants can now browse local artisan goods while getting clued into openings in the Hennepin Theater District, Timberwolves games and who’s playing at First Avenue. One stop for all things Minneapolis.

Stay tuned for upcoming Grand Opening celebrations the week of December 7 – 11,

Coming Up At Minneapolis Visitor Information On Nicollet


 Meet The Artists

Join Shop Minneapolis Thursday, November 19th from 11am-  3pm for our first in-store event, Meet the Jewelry Designers.  Several of the Shop Minneapolis jewelry designers will be on  hand for a meet and greet and to share information on their craft.

 Minneapolis Visitor Information and Shop Minneapolis are located at: 505 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55402

 

Breathe Easy Staycation Package # 1 Winners!


This is how the Seiler family from South Minneapolis rolls. Leo, Lucy, Abby, Andrea, Alexis  and Scott (the father, not in the photos) are a family who bikes together. They ride to school, work and to classes the U of M. In fact, Andrea, pictured with the white helmet, has taken to long-trek biking as well. This past summer she joined a summer bicycling program that circumnavigated Lake Michigan – over 1000 miles!

The Seiler family took the Breathe Easy pledge to make some simple choices for cleaner air in the Twin Cities. They pledged to bike more, shop local and,  when they do have to drive, to string errand trips together reducing the number of miles by car. Living near Lake Harriet gives them an appreciation for the outdoors, city parks and air quality in the Twin Cities.  With their Breath Easy pledge, the Seilers were automatically entered into a drawing for a Staycation package and they won! Alexis, the mom of the family, commented that the family will have a tough time deciding how to divide up their grand prize of; a night at the Minneapolis Westin Hotel, dinner at Spoonriver, a pair of passes at the Guthrie Theater and 10 day passes for Nice Ride bikes.

Want a chance to win a staycation package too?

Find out how poor air quality impacts all of us and what you can do to reduce air pollution. Visit BreatheEZmpls.org and learn about simple steps individuals can do to improve air quality in the region. Those who pledge to take action are entered into a prize drawing for a Staycation Package #2 that includes; a night at the Grand Hotel, dinner at Hell’s Kitchen, an evening  at  First Avenue and a Car2Go membership.

The Best Commute Is To Never Leave Home: Telecommuting


Employer Telework Summit in Bloomington – Tues., November 18th 2015, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gain a wealth of resources available to employers interested in exploring a telework business strategy. Learn how teleworking benefits both employers and employees.

Attend the Employer Telework Summit to Learn:

  • How to Make the Business Case for Telework
  • Employer Panel – learn best practices from several Twin Cities employers who have successful telework programs, what works, what are the challenges
  • How will Workers Compensation be affected by an employee working from home?
  • Home safety guidelines
  • Should employees be allowed to use their own devices or should technology be provided by the company?
  • Equipment, Technology, Secure Information, Remote Access
  • Teleworker Schedule/Attendance
  • Training for Managers to learn best practices for managing remote workers

Employer Telework Summit Attendees Will Receive an Employer Telework Toolkit Includes

  • Sample Telework Policies
  • Teleworker Application – tool for employee and manager discussion about the employee telework proposal
  • Teleworker Agreement – employee agrees to certain terms in exchange for the privelage to telework

RSVP IS REQUIRED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL ATTENDING
Lunch is included. No cost to attend.  For location information and to RSVP: twincitiestelework.com

Nicollet Mall Bus Reroute To Hennepin Avenue


Due to the City of Minneapolis’ ongoing improvements and construction in the downtown area, Metro Transit rerouted all Nicollet Mall buses to Hennepin Avenue for an improved customer experience.

Board routes 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 59 & 568 on Hennepin Avenue between 10th Street and Washington Avenue.

Hennepin Avenue stops have customer waiting shelters, which couldn’t be added along the detour on 3rd Avenue. In addition, the city will begin installing bike lanes on 3rd Avenue in 2016 (see below).

More info of the new Hennepin Avenue routing can be found at metrotransit.org/Hennepin.

NOTE: New maps will be available in late November but schedules for downtown stops will not be updated until March 2016.

Redesign Of 3rd Ave South With A Protected Bikeway


 

The City has proposed a redesign of 1.3 miles of 3rd Avenue from 16th Street (behind the Convention Center) to 1st Street/the 3rd Ave Bridge over the Mississippi River. The proposal is being driven by several priorities for downtown: adding greening, having a north-south protected bikeway in the heart of downtown, and better connecting downtown to the River.

The proposal includes:

  • additional trees and protected bikeway with flexible plastic posts between 16th Street & 12th Street;
  • new sidewalk planter boxes and protected bikeway with a combination of green planter boxes and flexible plastic posts between 12th Street and 7th Street; and
  • new sidewalk planter boxes and generally protected bikeway with flexible plastic posts between 7th Street and 1st Street.

Come join the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition for a happy hour to learn more about what’s being proposed, and how you can advocate for a greener and safer 3rd Avenue for cyclists!

Monday, November 16 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at Town Hall Brewery, 1430 S Washington Ave.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1669321330022573/

For more details regarding the 3rd Avenue improvements see the City of Minneapolis website.

Carshare Update

    

Zipcar:  New cars have been added to: LPM Apartments, Centre Village Parking Ramp, 8th and Park next to HCMC, 110 N. Washington, and The Churchill Apartments.  Zipcar now has a combined 11 locations in downtown Minneapolis (Downtown West, Downtown East, Loring Park, and the North Loop) serving the needs of businesses, residents, and visitors.

Car2Go:  Get out and do more. Enjoy Downtown more with car2go. Gas, insurance, and meters are included with every car2go trip, giving you more time to do what you want, when you want. Plus for a limited time sign up for only $5 plus get 60 minutes with code “HOPIN” at car2go.com.

TLC’s Wednesday Webinar: Bike Boxes


Learn how bike boxes are applied in practice when Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) presents 2015 Bike & Ped Webinar Series on Wednesday, November 18. Made available by Transit for Livable Communities, this series features monthly webinars from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). On November 18, the experience of Portland, Oregon, frames a discussion focused on engineering, evaluation and safety. The webinar will cover the layout and physical elements of bike boxes, their benefits, potential risks, and current status in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). In addition, the session includes information on traffic signal detection in bike boxes, the application of bike boxes to solve other problems, and a discussion of research conducted at Portland State University related to crash history.

Presenter: Peter Koonce, Engineer, Portland Bureau of Transportation

TLC invites you to attend this webinar at their office at no charge at 2356 University Ave West, Suite 403, St Paul.  Light refreshments will be provided. Please RVSP below!

Questions? Email jenniferh@tlcminnesota.org.