September 22nd is Car Free Day!

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World Car Free Day – Employer’s Page

Downtown Minneapolis employers awarded “Best Workplace for Car-Free Commuters” in 2017

Downtown Minneapolis employers and commuters celebrated World Car-Free Day on Friday, September 22. Instead of driving alone, participants pledged to commute via transit or by biking, walking, carpooling, or teleworking. 

Ten downtown Minneapolis employers competed for the title “Best Workplace for Car-Free Commuters” based on the percentage of their downtown workforce that commuted car-free on September 22. Move Minneapolis, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable commuting downtown, provided commuter resource kits, bus passes, and transportation coaching while employers energized their teams. 

Four trophies were awarded due to an unexpected tie for 1st place. Amazon Minneapolis and When I Work both exceeded 70% staff participation to tie for top honors. CenterPoint Energy mobilized a large downtown staff to earn 2nd place, and Minnesota Orchestra was honored with third.  

“We were amazed by the commitments made by the ten competing employers,” said Mary Morse Marti, executive director of Move Minneapolis. “Not only do they offer pre-tax transportation benefits to their employees, but they really got into the spirit of seeing just how many of their employees could get to work without driving alone. Imagine if every downtown employer helped 70% of its workforce commute sustainably: there’d be no road congestion and very little car-generated pollution. And commuters would have a lot more fun.” 

More than 1,600 individuals who pledged to commute car-free were entered in a prize drawing for a Bianchi bike from One on One Bicycle Studio, a Minneapolis Staycation package featuring a night at Aloft Minneapolis, dinner at Fogo De Chao, tickets to Orchestra Hall and an annual HOURCAR membership, or a 4-month unlimited Go To transit pass.   

Move Minneapolis invites downtown businesses and organizations to sponsor next year’s World Car-Free Day celebration and competition. Inquiries can be directed to 


Stay tuned to see how your downtown Minneapolis company can participate in World Car-Free Day 2018

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 for World Car-Free Day. Contact Bill Andre at 612-859-0656,


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


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