2010 Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony
You're invited to join us as we recognize organizations and individuals from St. Paul and beyond for their creative solutions that move us to and from our jobs, get more cars off the road and improve the region's quality of life.
Wednesday, November 10
Thrivent Financial Corporate Center
View: photos from last year's event
Want to attend? Contact Damian Goebel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-224-8555 x24
St. Paul tries Twin Cities' first "pop-up park"
Photo by CapitolRiver Council
What may have looked to some like a high-budget PARK(ing) Day installation last month in Lowertown was actually a test of innovative removable sidewalk seating. The test was a collaborative effort between city officials and business owners that temporarily converted parking spaces into livable spaces with the idea that restaurants could add additional seating during the warmer months of the year. Additionally, if implemented correctly, we're inspired to see that this new trend could also allow for better sidewalk access for those requiring assisted mobility devices.
Read more: Citypages coverage
Telework implementation opportunities expanded
Photo by Mike McCune
Fall is great time for starting new routines. If your organization has been considering implementing or expanding
telework, flex scheduling or compressed work weeks, now is the time to do it!
Take advantage of free State-sponsored consulting and training services being offered! Funding for the eWorkPlace program has been extended through June, 2011.
the launch of eWorkPlace last June, St. Paul Smart Trips and our regional partners have helped some 40 employers from the public, private and non-profit sectors commit to keeping more than 1,000 individuals off otherwise congested roads.
The program is yielding great preliminary results! Participants are reducing their driving trips by about an hour per week, saving their employers $1,000 per year and our roads 47 million miles of use per year (that's over 19 million lbs. of CO2 emissions!).
Learn about this great opportunity: eworkplace-mn.com
Questions? Contact: Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555 x24
Chattanooga, woo hoo! Smart Trips visits the south
Photo by Alliance for Biking and Walking
Last month, staff member Laura Baum smart tripped it down to Chattanooga, Tennessee to attend a leadership retreat from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the biannual Pro Walk Pro Bike conference.
Over three days at the Alliance retreat, advocates from across the continent came together to strengthen the people-powered movement through the sharing of ideas, challenges and solutions. At Pro Walk Pro Bike, Laura picked up some great ideas from leading national experts and herself contributed with a lively presentation on our Smart Trips Neighborhoods program.
Rush Line Corridor service to begin
Artist's conceptual rendering - actual vehicle fleet and service location may differ
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Metropolitan Council is launching its new commuter coach demonstration
Lake to St. Paul on October, 18. The service, route 285, will include four inbound trips in the morning and four outbound trips in the afternoon.
The route will feature stops at park-and rides in Columbus, Forest Lake and White Bear Township along with serving all stops along the route in downtown St. Paul, including the Union Depot. One-way fare for the commuter service will be $3.
View: map and complete schedule (pdf)
Flour power meets pedal power in St. Anthony Park
Bike-friendly St. Paul Classic Cookie Company recently kicked off bike deliveries at their new location in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. Delivery of their baked goods is now available every Friday to downtown St. Paul and areas surrounding their store at Raymond Ave. and Territorial Rd.
The deliveries are being fulfilled by VeloVeggies, a Minneapolis-based business that delivers farm-fresh produce by bicycle. The bakery also keeps Peace Coffee employees in the saddle with regular bike deliveries to stock their store.
Get the goods: E-mail email@example.com or call 651-646-0551.