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Move Minneapolis – July 2016 Newsletter

 Since 1991, Move Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO) has been advocating for a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a growing and vital downtown Minneapolis.
July 2016 Newsletter
The TMO promotes sustainable transportation – mass transit, carpooling, car-sharing, biking and walking – through an outreach and education program that targets downtown workers, residents, and visitors.
September 22 Is Car Free Day In Minneapolis
Here’s a challenge to go  “Car Free” or “Car-lite” (carpooling) for an entire day on Thursday, September 22nd.  Minneapolis will be joining dozens of cities across the globe in celebration of World Car Free Day. It’s a day to explore alternatives to single occupancy vehicles, and our city has many modes to offer.
Conceptualized in Toledo, Spain in 1994, Car Free Day was launched the following year in Reykjavík (Iceland), Bath (United Kingdom) and La Rochelle (France). Under the informal guidance of the  World Car Free Days Consortium , the celebrations have been expanding throughout America, Europe, Australia and Asia ever since. Washington D.C. hosts the largest celebration in the United States with more and more communities participating each year. According to The Washington Post, the event “promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance”
Keep the car parked in the garage on Thursday, September 22nd.  Move Minneapolis is working with our transportation partners to promote and educate about alternative transportation modes. How to commute by bus or train in a fast, efficient and sustainable manner. What bike routes and protected lanes go into downtown, and where to safely lock up your bike once you’ve arrived. Try carpooling and park for fee that day. Try car-sharing or bike-sharing – get all the benefits without having to own one.
Move Minneapolis is planning a number of Car Free Day events leading up to and including Thursday, September 22nd.  Make a  pledge to try a new transportation mode and be entered in a drawing for valuable prizes, including a new Bianchi bicycle. Stay tuned for details on Minneapolis’ first annual Car Free Day on September 22nd, 2016.
Fair To Fair With No Fare
The first weekend in August means hundreds of white tents sprouting up in Powerhorn Park and Uptown bursting with artisan wares, creative curiosities and homemade treasures. Spend a full weekend lost in the visual arts – most of it local.
The Powderhorn Park and Uptown Art Fairs draw tens of thousands of people into the area, snarling traffic and battling for scarce parking.  It is best to avoid driving altogether by taking advantage of public transit access, or biking the many trails crisscrossing both fairs.
Getting from one fair to the other has never been more easy. Visitmetrotransit.org/artpass or the Uptown Art Fair web site and download the Art Pass for free bus and light rail rides to the Uptown Art Fair and Powderhorn Art Fair. The Art Pass is valid on regular Metro Transit bus routes and the Hiawatha Light rail line (but not on the Northstar), and can be used to travel between the three fairs. Show the pass to Metro Transit bus drivers or fare inspectors on light rail trains for your free ride.  For route and schedule information visit metrotransit.org/artpass or call 612.373.3333
The Commons -Downtown’s New Front Yard

At the foot of the massive US Bank Stadium is  downtown Minneapolis’ new 4.2 acre green space – The Commons. While situated as the front lawn of the Vikings new home, this is an urban park for everyone – a respite from the work day, a place to gather, a place of entertainment – an anchor of the Downtown East neighborhood.The Commons serves as a large public gateway, a transition space between downtown streetscapes and the scaling walls of purple stadium seats. The east block fills the public lawn role. Berms arc around this slightly sloped expanse. Those berms also serve as seating for large outdoor events.

In contrast, the west block is more intimate, with areas for play, as well as a future cafe and fountains. People can bring their lunch, and children will be able to run through jets of water. A row of new apartments inside the western edge of the Commons space, planners created a human scale. Lined with balconies and home to a future park-side coffee shop – a living, breathing green space to thrive in the heart of the city.

Cutting diagonally across the park is the Green/Blue LRT Line and the Downtown East Station. Bike paths and acres of purple bike racks guarantees that The Commons is one most accessible parks in the county.
Minneapolis Bike Tour At Boom Island

The Minneapolis Bike Tour celebrates 10 years of spectacular riding this September 18th. The event moved last year to the current Boom Island location in NE Minneapolis.  The ride features the Grand Rounds bike trail that circles North Minneapolis, Minneapolis’ lakes, Minnehaha Falls and the West River Road along the Mississippi,
The 10th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour starts and ends at beautiful Boom Island and features three fully supported routes, 16 miles, 25 miles, and 32 miles, that take riders through the spectacular park and byway system of Minneapolis at their own pace, traffic free!

Date & TimeSunday, September 18, 2016
8 am: Bike Tour begins
8:30 am: You must be on the routeStarting AddressBoom Island Park
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Post-Ride After Party

Stick around after the ride to enjoy LIVE music, one FREE beer from New Belgium Brewing, available to participants 21+ (must show valid ID), food trucks, exhibitor booths, and Bike Tour merchandise for sale!

The Post-Ride Party is open from 10 am-3 pm, with last call for beer at 2:30 pm. All ages are welcome into the beer garden including family members and spectators. Participants who would like a drink must show their ID and wear a wristband.

Breathe Easy This Summer

Breezy is back – the playful basset hound bounding over the hillside, ears flying, tongue hanging, tail wagging in the wind. Breezy, dog slobber aside, is the fun-loving mascot for Move Minneapolis’ summer 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 taking some simple steps  improve air quality.Find Breezy online or at dozens of downtown Minneapolis outreach events this summer.  Take the “Breathe Easy” pledge for clean air and stay informed on air quality. Get rewarded with a Chinook Book 60-day access pass mobile app. The pass provides access to over 450 discounts at local businesses that offer sustainable products and services.

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

Open Streets In Da Nordeast, Ya Know!

Open Streets ventures Northeast – Sunday, August 7th, 11am – 5pm.

Northeast: 13th from 2nd to 5th /
5th from 13th to 22nd /
22nd from 5th to Central /
Central from Lowry to 18 1/2th

Open Streets Northeast Minneapolis brings together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, and open them up for people walking, biking, skating, and playing. This community event is in its sixth year, and is co-sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

More than a street festival, Open Streets Minneapolis gives residents an opportunity to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun, and family-friendly way. It encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living, and has a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space.

Open Streets Northeast Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), and co-sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

Move Minneapolis is made possible by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Minneapolis and the Downtown community.