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MARCH 2011

Events calendar

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April 11
Sibley Bike Depot Spring Kickoff and 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

April 13
Monthly Central Corridor  public construction  meeting

April 21
First National Bank Building Earth Day fair

April 28-29
Active Living Bike Expo

April 30
Como Bike Safety Rodeo

May 6-7
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 7-8
Living Green Expo

June 4-12
Bike Walk Week

More events... 
Quick links

St. Paul's flood preparations and flood cam.  more...

Have your poetry immortalized forever in the sidewalks of St. Paul.  more...

A graphical representation of Central Corridor stakeholders. more...

Find structurally deficient bridges near you with this interactive map. more... gets "Street Smart". more...

Will a bike ride a day keep the doctor away? more...

Should cities clear sidewalks in the winter, or the residents? more...

The evolution of pothole formation. more...
Is this the next Olympic event?

Bike gymnastics! Words can't even do this German duo's routine justice. Watch...
What we're following

City's design, transit system ease gas costs - USA Today

Twin Cities rush hour projected to get worse in years ahead - Star Tribune

The economic benefits of bicycle infrastructure investments - League of American Bicyclists

The end of the road: Saying goodbye to freeways - NPR

Forging transit-bicycle-pedestrian partnerships for livable, sustainable communities - Federal Highway Administration

Streetcars are central to sustainable communities - The Dirt

In seeking to cut transit, Legislature is out of step with new trends - MinnPost

Analysis of bicycling trends and policies in large North American cities - University Transportation Research Center

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

Commuter Challenge kicked off April 1


We're partnering again this year withCommuter Chellenge logo

Metro Transit to bring the Commuter Challenge to St. Paul!

The Commuter Challenge runs now through June 30, 2011and encourages participants to explore  

physically and environmentally healthier  ways of getting around.


Taking part is simple:

Just pledge to replace a trip that you might normally drive alone for with one by foot, bike, bus, train, with someone else or work from home. If that's old hat to you, don't worry, you can still get involved.

That pledge gets you entered into the Grand Prize drawing for an iPad, bike commuter packs, an Amazon Kindle and more.


For organizations: Click here to order promotional materials and schedule a commuter fair!

For individuals:
Register now at

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We'll be promoting the Commuter Challenge at events all over town this spring & summer. You can even get free rides on transit to a few. Events include: 


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  May 6-7 

Grand Old Day  June 5 

Bike Walk Week  June 4-12 

New tools released for navigating construction season


St. Paul Construction Map 

Between Central Corridor, Union Depot, the Lafayette Bridge, the Mississippi River flooding and routine maintenence, St. Paul has some pretty major projects happening at the moment. While the end result will be exciting, right now it can be a challenge to get in and around the area.


To help people get a better picture of how they will be affected, a host of resources are being made available to help navigate the city.

Skyway closure

The skyway bridge over 5th Street connecting the Alliance Bank Building on 5th and Cedar to the University Club on 4th and Cedar was closed to pedestrian traffic starting April 1 to prepare the old Bremer Building for demolition as part of the Central Corridor LRT project. A new bridge is expected to be up by November. In the mean time, the Metropolitan Council put together a handy skyway detour map to make your way around.


Skyway detour map 


Downtown St. Paul

The City of St. Paul put together a Google map of all the construction projects in and around downtown to help you get where you're going.


Downtown construction map 


Transit detours

With all of the construction, especially on University Avenue and Cedar Street in downtown, buses are bound to be affected. Metro Transit is trying to stay ahead of the gameby putting all of the detour and stop closure information in one place. The changes are also included on their interactive map. 


Transit detour information  


2011 Transportation Summit


Change was a major theme of our third annual St. Paul Transportation Summit on March 9, where over 75 people came to learn about the transportation programs, projects and policies happening now and in the future in St. Paul.

Our keynote speaker, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, told the crowd that the transportation changes they are seeing to the city physically, with construction, and to its policy are vital to long-term success. St. Paul Ward 4 councilmember, and Smart Trips Board Member, Russ Stark followed up with an explanation of what changes to transportation decision making at the city will look like and previewed a few new initiatives.

Metro Transit and the Central Corridor Project Office provided updates on where transit has been, where it is headed and what to expect from construction for the next few years.

Smart Trips staff also talked about change; our internal changes including our strategic planning process and the future of some of our programs.

Miss the event?    


Download powerpoints and some of the questions asked by attendees.

Smart trips presentation
Central Corridor presentation
Central Corridor construction handout
Metro Transit presentation
Q&A from the Summit

Want More? Check out coverage of the event here and here



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