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MARCH 2011
Events calendar

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May 7-8
Living Green Expo

May 18
Walk Around the Capitol

May 23
Mn/DOT Transportation Future Workshop

June 5
Grand Old Day

June 11
Mississippi Market Bike Drive

June 11
Hamline-Midway Bike Safety Rodeo

June 12
Bike to the Saints game

June 15
Nature Valley Grand Prix

More events... 
Quick links

City of Minneapolis to hire full-time Bicycle Coordinator.  more...  


St Paul's Cycling Advocate more... 


Why riding your bike is great. A car owner's perspective more... 

How a bike can save your life in a natural disaster! more... 


Europe's 2050 goal: Get normal cars out of city centers more... 


Minnesota considers  

new ways to pay for transportation projects. more...  


Walk Friendly Communities recognized



Give your input: Take the National Walking Survey


Amusing views on traveling via skyway or street    

Benjamin Lindau and Keon Chi (in 3D)

A cute video on whether to take the skyway or the street. We're with Keon Chi: don't be a hamster, be-be a man. Watch...
What we're following

Americans prefer Smart Growth Communities - NAR

Cities bet on transit stations to spur development - MinnPost


Cleaner air in Times Square since Pedestrian Plazas instated - City of New York


The Gas Tax: What should it really be called? - Governing

Cost of owning a car rises to almost $9,000 annually - AAA  


Bike Corral Study
- Portland State Univ.

Would LA's accelerated transit model work here?
- MinnPost

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We envision a St. Paul where sustainable transportation is the safe and easy choice.

Join us at the spiciest celebration in Minnesota


Cinco de Mayo 2011 logoVisit our table at this year's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to learn what Smart Trips is all about!


We'll be getting the word out about
transportation options, registering attendees for the Commuter Challenge and Bike Walk Week, handing out flashing safety lights and showing folks how to put their bike on the bus.    


As a bonus, Metro Transit is providing a free transit pass, good both days of the festival!    



 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta    


Friday, May 6

4:00 - 9:00 pm


Saturday, May 7

9:00 am - 6:00 pm   


St. Paul's West Side (map)   



Already going? We need your help

We're not asking for much--- as little as an hour-and-a-half of your time to help staff our table (though we'd appreciate more).


For your time and assistance, we'll give you a free t-shirt and an excuse to get to the festivities!   


Find a shift: Check our schedule to see if any of the shifts work for you.


RSVP: Contact Damian Goebel at or 651-224-8555 x 24 to schedule a shift or with any questions. 


To learn more about the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and to plan your shift around events you want to see, visit the official festival site here.   

Get off your seat, it's Bike Walk Week

2011 Bike Walk WeekIt's time to dust off the bike that's been hanging in your garage all winter and get it road ready. Bike Walk Week is right around the corner.


This year, we kick things off on Saturday, June 4 at the Heart Walk at Target Field and wrap everything up Sunday, June 12 with the Minneapolis Open Streets Celebration and Bike to the Ballgame for both the Twins and Saints!


There are plenty of activities and events in between to take part in, including the annual Bike Walk to Work day on Thursday, June 9 in St. Paul's Rice Park.


Come along for the ride 


Get involved. Register, find events and get resources to prepare for  the week at


Take it further. sign up for the Commuter Challenge and your chance to win prizes.


You can help. We need volunteers for our Bike Walk to Work Day celebration in downtown St. Paul. Contact Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555 x 24 or for more details.


Smart Trips adds two staffers

Welcome our two new staff members, Mary Heer-Forsberg and Emma Pachuta!


Mary, our new Marketing and Communications Director, was formerly Communications Director for both the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and Mounds Park Academy. She has worked as a communications consultant and writer for more than ten years, serving several clients in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Passionate about helping nonprofit organizations, Mary currently serves on the boards of the Roseville Area Schools Foundation and Community Mediation Services.


Mary can be reached at 651-224-8555 x 23 or 


Emma, our Communications and Outreach Intern, recently completed her masters in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon and is excited to return to the transportation scene here in the Twin Cities. She is also a team member of the Community Partners Bike Library Program through the Sibley Bike Depot and is involved in various transportation-related organizations around the Metro Area. In addition to riding her bike, Emma's favorite pastimes include listening to live music, reading up on current events, traveling internationally and trying out new restaurants.  


Emma can be reached at 651-224-8555 x 22 or 


Feel free to drop Emma or Mary a line and welcome them both to the Smart Trips team! 



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