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Move Minneapolis Newsletter

Move Minneapolis 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

Commuters to downtown Minneapolis are invited to participate in Car Free Day Thursday, Sept. 22. Move Minneapolis, the downtown Transportation Management Organization, is partnering with ABC Ramps to encourage commuters who normally drive alone to try other transportation options such as transit, carpooling, biking, car-share, telecommuting or walking.

The goal of Car Free Day is to create awareness and educate commuters about transportation options. Launched in England in 1996, World Car Free Day is observed in 1,500 cities and more than 40 countries.

Participants who take a Car Free Day pledge are entered in a drawing to win a Bianchi bike from One on One Bicycle Studio, or a Minneapolis Staycation package featuring a stay at Aloft Minneapolis, dinner at Fogo De Chao, tickets to Orchestra Hall and an annual HOURCAR membership.

Pledges for Car Free Day can be made at, at various downtown events such as tabling at the ABC Ramps the mornings of Sept.19 & 20 and IDS Center Skyway Sept. 16, or at Minneapolis Visitor Information, 505 Nicollet Mall.  Single day bus passes and “Don’t Be An SOV (single-occupancy vehicle)” buttons will be handed out to those who pledge to commute “car free” on Sept. 22.

Persons wearing their “Don’t Be An SOV” buttons on Car Free Day could get rewarded from the Car Free Day Prize Patrol, which will be at the MVI, One on One Bicycle Studioand Hennepin County Farmers Market on the South Plaza of the Government Center andPeace Coffee Capella Tower. The Prize Patrol will be distributing t-shirts, water bottles, bike lights and coffee cozies to button wearers.

Sept. 22 encourages and allows people to be car free for one day. When they see how easy it is, they will consider doing it more often.

Car Free Day Prize Patrol Is Looking For You
Don’t Be An SOV (single-occupancy vehicle)

Spread the word, pick up a Car Free Day button at Minneapolis Visitor Information (505 Nicollet Mall) or One On One Bicycle Studio (117 N. Washington Ave). Wear your “Don’t Be An SOV” button proudly on Thursday, September 22 and the Prize Patrol will reward you Car Free Day swag (t-shirts, water bottles, bike lights, coffee cozies and more!) at any of the following locations:

  • Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI), 505 Nicollet Mall
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  • One on One Bicycle Studio, 117 Washington Ave
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  • Peace Coffee, Capella Towers, 225 So. Sixth Street, Main floor and Skyway level
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  • Minneapolis Farmers Market at Hennepin County Government Center, S Plaza, 300 S. 6th Street


Breathe Easy Staycation # 3 Winner!

Denise is the winner of the Breathe Easy Staycation #3 drawing that features a stay at the Westin Mpls Hotel, dinner at Fogo De Chao, a tour with Twin Cities Brewery Tours and aNice Ride membership. Denise easily met her pledge goals by walking more, using transit and shopping locally – things she’s been doing for a long time. She works and lives in downtown and loves urban living!

Denise does not own a car, and after living car-less in New York City and Zurich years ago, she does not see a need for one. “One of the great things about living and working downtown is you can do pretty much everything and not need a car. There are multiple options for grocery shopping within walking distance.” She enjoys the top-notch restaurant and entertainment options downtown. Transit and Uber fill in the occasional transportation gaps.

Kayak Share On The Mississippi

Mississippi River Paddle Share   

Now OFFICIALLY OPEN! Rentals taking place Friday – Sunday weather permitting through October.

16 kayaks are currently available at North Mississippi River Regional Park in North Minneapolis. 16 more are coming soon to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Stormwater Park. The return stations are at Boom Island Park.

To reserve a kayak go to: and follow the instructions.

It’s very simple:

1. Choose your location (North Mississippi Regional Park for now)
2. Select # of kayaks
3. Pay by credit card
4. Receive a code (via email) to unlock your equipment in a specific locker.
5. Remove your pfd, paddle, and unlock your boat.
6. Shut locker
7. Go paddle

You must have some experience and be 18 or older. All boats must be returned to the Boom Island Return station 3.9 miles downstream.

The Mississippi River Paddle Share is a self-serve kayak rental system where you can paddle a 4 mile stretch of river in your national park: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Twin Cities Metro Area).

Over the next five years the system will be expanded throughout the 72-mile river corridor, based on available funding and partner approvals.

At times. volunteers and National Park staff will be at the stations to answer any questions. If they are not there on the day you arrive, call 844-694-6489 with any questions.

1 in 20 Minneapolis Residents Bicycle Commutes

New data released by the United States Census Bureau this week shows thatMinneapolis continued its trend of more people biking to work, with 5% of people biking to work. The expansion of bike lanes and improvement in the trails network encouraged more people to see the two-wheeled option. More employers are installing amenities such as bike rooms and showers for their employee who ride while enjoying the benefits of a healthier workforce.Minneapolis ranks just behind Madison, and 2 percentage points behind Portland.Minneapolis has a goal of reaching 15 percent by 2025.

Nicollet Ave – Open Streets
Sunday, September 18, 11 am to 5 pm

Catch the next Open Streets on Nicollet Ave: Between Lake St & W 46th St.Open Streets 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.

Take the Bus to Open Streets!
Get Your Free Metro Transit Pass Here.(Click here to see Nicollet Avenue on Sunday, September 18th, 2015)

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.