September 22nd is Car Free Day!

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World Car Free Day – Employer’s Page

Downtown Minneapolis commuters and employers to participate in World Car-Free Day, Friday September 22

Downtown Minneapolis commuters will celebrate World Car-Free Day on Friday, September 22 by leaving their vehicles at home. Participants are encouraged to switch travel modes by commuting via transit or by biking, walking, or teleworking. Carpoolers can also take part by reducing one or more cars from the day’s traffic count.

Minneapolis employers will vie for trophies and the title “Best Workplace for Car-Free Commuters” based on the percentage of their downtown workforce that commutes car-free on September 22. Move Minneapolis offers employer kits with World Car-Free Day information, swag, and contest materials along with custom commuter training and support for participating employers.

The goal of World Car-Free Day is to create awareness and educate commuters about alternatives to driving alone.

Here’s how your downtown Minneapolis company can participate in World Car-Free Day

 

Request an employer kit. Move Minneapolis will deliver brochures, swag, and a participant sign-in sheet which you’ll use on September 22 to report the number of participants from your company. Contact john@MoveMinneapolis.org for an employer kit.

How does the contest work? Winners are determined by the number of employee participants as a percentage of your overall downtown workforce.

Ask for a commuter presentation. Move Minneapolis would love to bring our transit and commuting show to your road! We can staff an information table in your employee lunchroom, in your lobby or skyway entrance, or in a conference room. If you have specific interests we can tailor a live presentation to your workforce. Want to know how to bicycle commute? Wonder where the buses stop? Thinking about adding transit passes to your HR benefits package? We can help—and not just this month. Contact Bill Andre at 612-859-0656,  bill@MoveMinneapolis.org

Tell your workforce that it’s OK to experiment on September 22. Trying a new transportation method for the first time can be intimidating. Let your employees know that it’s OK if they get to work a little early or late, or if they look a little more business casual than usual the first time they ride a bike to work. Be flexible and enjoy the camaraderie.

Encourage transportation buddies. Choosing a new commute with a friend is a lot easier than going it alone. See if you can match drivers with seasoned sustainable commuters. Or use a ride-matching app to set up some new carpools among employees who live near one another. Did you know that carpoolers park for just $20 per month per car at the downtown ABC Ramps?

Tell your employees how to participate. Use your company’s communications platforms to encourage participation. Share our website URL freely: www.moveminneapolis.org. Send us photos. Let us know your company is on board and we’ll promote you on our website and in social media!

Tell us what happened. On September 22, have every commuter participant sign in using the attached sheet. Drop off or email your forms back to Move Minneapolis. We’ll tally the results, determine how many Minneapolis commuters took part, and announce the employer winners!

Celebrate! All participants are welcome to join Move Minneapolis and friends at Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI), 505 Nicollet Mall for cookies, coffee, bike safety checks and swag from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday September 22, 2017.

THANK YOU for promoting healthy, sustainable commuting options to your workforce. Let us know how we can help

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