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JULY 2011

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July 6
Met Council meeting on potential transit cuts

July 7
Met Council meeting on potential transit cuts

July 9
Bike Safety Rodeo

July 14
Bike Maintenance Class Sibley Bike Depot

July 17
Como Park Bike Tour

July 21
Bicycle Film Festival

July 22-24
Bicycle Film Festival

More events...
Cyclopath launches
multimodal routing feature

Combine bicycling with transit by selecting "use Metro Transit buses when possible" in the route finder options at
Quick links

City of St. Paul launches new bicycling  

newsletter! more...

Why do women cycle?

An urban policy of irking drivers in Europe. more...

Biking helps the bottom line. more...

Long distance commutes hazardous to your marriage. more...

Bike-part vending machine installed along Greenway. more...

Foot-powered commuting on the rise. more...
Nice Ride comes 
to St. Paul

Nice Ride comes to St. Paul (KSTP)
In June, Nice Ride celebrated opening new bike stations eastward into St Paul near the Central Corridor route. Learn more

What we're following

Aging Boomers face poor mobility options -
T4 America

Investing in biking and walking gets results - NCBW Newsletter

"Copenhagenizing" our cities -

MN outlook = more congestion -
Minnesota 2020

Revolutionizing the way people work -

Why building roads creates traffic -

Public transit----it's complicated, according to Brookings -

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

Public transit funding could be in jeopardy


Attend the Met Council's public meetings this week to give your input about the importance of transit and learn about the overall impact of proposed transit funding cuts. Metro Transit bus


Information will be presented about potential impacts to transit services that might be necessary due to possible shortfalls when a new state budget is approved. Though specific route information will not be discussed at the meetings, the Council is seeking general public input about possible transit service reductions and/or fare increases. Transit service will continue at the present service level for a time, despite the government shutdown.


Your input is important to the future of transit service in our metro area. Public meetings are scheduled for: 


Wednesday, July 6th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.,  

Met Council Office, 390 North Robert Street, St. Paul, (map )


Thursday, July 7th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

Mpls. Central Library, Doty Board Room, 300 Nicollet Mall (map


In addition, the Council has scheduled seven formal public hearings in August at locations throughout the metro area to share more specific information. Visit the Metropolitan Council website for more information.   

Bike Walk to Work Day highlights Bike Walk Week


Bike Walk to Work Day participants  

Smart Trips hosted another successful celebration of Bike Walk to Work Day June 9th, with more St. Paul bikers and walkers than ever stopping by our annual gathering in Rice Park.    

 Bike Walk to Work Day 2011 video

Attendees grabbed coffee and a light breakfast and registered for prizes provided by Bike Walk Week. In St. Paul, nearly 900 residents signed up to participate in Bike Walk Week. Metro-wide, the number was just over 9,600.  


Check out our Bike Walk to Work Day video of the Rice Park event.  


View more photos of our celebration on Flickr and Facebook


2011 Bike Walk Week is over, but you can still be eligible for weekly prize drawings by extending your Commuter Challenge through the fall. Learn more   

Volunteer with us at Highland Fest

We're looking for volunteers to help us share resources and run our new trivia prize wheel at St. Paul's Highland Fest, July 15-17. Be part of the fun on a beautiful summer weekend and share your passion for the work we do. You can sign up for a shift online or email mary@smart-trips.orgWe'd love your help!

eWorkPlace celebrates successful two-year initiative

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Along with our regional partners, St. Paul Smart Trips recently wrapped up participation in eWorkPlace, a two-year demonstration project aimed at reducing traffic congestion through telework. Partners and participants celebrated the program's success at a gathering in June at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, the organization overseeing the project.


Overall, more than 4,200 employees from 48 private, public and nonprofit organizations started telework programs over the two-year period. On average, participants worked remotely 1.5 days per week, reducing their commute time, vehicle miles traveled and resulting emissions. Two-thirds reported an increase in productivity through telework. 75 percent of employers felt that productivity increased or stayed the same, and 92 percent plan to continue or expand eWorkPlace in their organizations. Visit the eWorkPlace website for the full Exceeding Expectations report.


Participating St. Paul organizations included Wilder Foundation, Ecolab, Lifetrack Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Catholic Charities, Macalester College, US Bank, Lutheran Social Services, Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Administration and the City of St. Paul.   


Smart Trips at St. Alban's Community Day Block Party 


Smart Trips at St. Alban's Block Party 

We spent a day at the St. Alban's Community Day Block Party, sharing Smart Trips information and educating Thomas Dale and Summit University neighborhood residents about their transportation options. Kids and parents alike answered bike safety questions in our new trivia game, taking home prizes and learning about the rules of the road.    




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