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ZAP Twin Cities – April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 ZAP Minneapolis Newsletter



May 4th is National Bike To School Day

 Bike to School Day

On May 4th your child’s school bus might be a little less crowded. Kids at participating schools are encouraged to safely bike to school on National Bike to School Day.

The first National Bike to School Day took place in 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school. This year 51 Minnesota schools have signed up to participate including 15 in the Minneapolis School District alone.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Biking to school on Wednesday, May 4th is a great way to set the stage for Minneapolis Bike Week 2016, May 16th to the 22nd.  Bike Week is the adult and family version of Bike To School Day. Each day of the week has a different theme around bicycling with a focus on encouraging those who do not normally ride to give it a try.


 Location Changes For Two St Paul ZAP Readers

 CC ZAP reader

New ZAP reader location on Bruce Vento Trail near I-94 underpass

Making improvements to ZAP readers, both in terms of functionality and location, is a high priority. This spring there are important (and awesome) changes to two ZAP readers on the east side of downtown St. Paul that will impact Eastside riders.

Thanks to a partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, we have been able to connect both of these readers to the electric grid, a big plus during the short winter days when the solar powered ZAP readers are challneged by a lack of sunlight. Moved just down the trail from East 7th St, look for the first new ZAP reader location on the Clear Channel billboard pole at the bottom of the Bruce Vento Trail before crossing under I-94.

Clear Channel Outdoor is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 750,000 displays in over 40 countries across five continents. In the Twin Cities, Clear Channel Outdoor is the leading provider of out-of-home advertising solutions with 1,450 traditional billboard displays and 53 digital billboard displays. We look forward to working with them more in the near future.

New ZAP reader location at 9th and Wacouta reader

9th and Wacouta ZAP reader





The other ZAP reader was moved from Grove Street and Mississippi Street to the southwest side of the I-94 to 10th Street and Wacouta Street. You can find the reader next to the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on the light pole nearest to the parking lot entrance.

As a reminder, you can see locations of all ZAP Twin Cities readers by going to and clicking on “Where?”.

 Get ZAPPED at the 3M campus in Maplewood


Get ZAPPED at 3M in Maplewood

3M reader locations

For those of you on the east side of St. Paul, you’ll now have additional places to ZAP close to home.

We’ve partnered with the ZAP 3M program to expand reader access for our Twin Cities ZAP program. 3M’s two ZAP readers are located at 3M Center just across the border in Maplewood. One is located on eastbound Innovation Blvd (or 3M Road on Google Maps) near the intersection with 14th Street. The other ZAP reader is located on Avenue N and 8th Street at the corner of the parking ramp. Both of these readers are hardwired, so look forward to some consistent year-round zapping.

Please contact for any missing zaps during that timeframe.

 ZAP Prize Winners for March/April


Fogo    Ling 

Drum roll please!

The recent ZAP Prize winners of $20 gift cards for One On One Bicycle Studio:

  • A. Healy, D. Choma, J. Wynen, L. Peterson

The ZAP Prize winner for the dinner at Fogo De Chao:

  • J. Ruiz

The ZAP Prize winners of the 12 month Chinook Book App

  • D. Stepan, J. Rector

The ZAP Prize winner of the gift card to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill:

  • J. Ward, P. Nelms, T. Slicker, A. Mehl

The ZAP Prize winner of the Peace Coffee Gift Card:

  • G. Norris, J. Vishneski, J. Rector, S. Beebe, E. Fisher, J. Cluever, R. Siskind, S. Rhude, S. Perrier

To be entered in the monthly drawing for prizes, all you have to do is get ZAPPED at least 8 times during a given month. Winners are picked randomly from the pool of ZAPPERS with 8 or more ZAPS. If you have not yet redeemed your prizes, please pick them up at MOVE MINNEAPOLIS, at the Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet at 505 Nicollet Mall. Open M-Sat, 10am – 7pm,  Sun. 12pm – 5pm.           

New Member?            Leg Strap

As a warm welcome, the latest newbies received a prize after their first 10 ZAPs – a ZAP Leg Strap and Peace Coffee gift card. Watch for a prize notice to be emailed once a month to the next batch of new ZAPPERS.

Want More Chances to Win Prizes? Follow and “Like” ZAP on Facebook and Twitter for impromptu give-aways!

Corporate Bike Forum April 19th


     Great River Energy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)

Hosted by Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota @ Great River Energy in Maple Grove


Tuesday, April 19, 20162:00PM – 4:00PM

Address (look for the giant wind turbine and solar panels)

12300 Elm Creek Blvd
Maple Grove, MN

Join BikeMN and Great River Energy for the first Corporate Bike Forum of 2016! The Corporate Bike Forum focuses on connecting bicycle advocates at business with each other for information and best-practice sharing. The forum meets twice a year and gives participants a chance to network, as well as learn from other business bicycle advocates from across Minnesota.

Presentations scheduled include: “Creating a Workplace Bike Culture: the U of MN Experience” by Steve Sanders; “Duluth, a BFB Hotspot: Best Practices from the North Shore” panel discussion hosted by Shawna MullenEardley, and a tour of Great River’s employee bike facility let by Greg Archer. Registration is available on the Bike.MN website.

Interested in joining the discussion? Do you have some excellent ideas to encourage bike commuting? Or want to find a support network of bicycle commuting enthusiasts? Please register with

The agenda for April 19:

  • 2:00-2:05: Welcome and Introductions
  • 2:05-2:10: National Bike Month and National Bike Challenge
  • 2:10-2:50: “Creating a Workplace Bike Culture; the U of MN Experience,” Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager
  • 2:50-3:30: “Duluth, a BFB Hotspot: Best Practices from the North Shore,” panel discussion hosted by Shawna MullenEardley of Healthy Duluth
  • 3:30-4:00: LEED and Bike Facility Tour of Great River Energy, a Platinum LEED location, led by Greg Archer, Environmental Administrator

Questions about the Corporate Bike Forum? Contact Jo Olson at

Hosted By

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota


Need your second bike tagged? Get ZAP tagged at Move Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Visitor Information at 505 Nicollet Mall. Open M – Sat, 10am – 7pm,  Sun, Noon – 5pm. # 612-466-7170.  Tags are also available at;

ZAP Minneapolis Newsletter April 2016