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Minnesota 2020 shares the view from their University Avenue office as a Central Corridor rail station takes shape. Watch
We envision a St. Paul where sustainable transportation is the safe and easy choice.
Commuter Challenge reaps record participation
Thanks to all who participated in this year's Commuter Challenge. If you took the challenge, you were among 15,735 in the region who pledged to drive alone less and try biking, walking, taking the bus or train, sharing a ride or working from home. This year marked the most pledges made in the history of the program.
Of those who took part this year:
- 55% said they usually drive alone
- 45% pledged to try biking or walking
- 44% pledged to try transit
- 11% pledged to try carpooling or vanpooling
In total, 90,000 fewer drive-alone trips in the metro area were taken, helping ease congestion and improve our air quality.
Congratulations to all participants and prize winners.
Keep your commuter challenge going: Track your trips online at www.mycommuterchallenge.org and become eligible for weekly gift card drawings.
Smart Trips helps UST craft comprehensive TDM plan
Since late 2010, St. Paul Smart Trips' Employer Outreach Specialist Damian Goebel has worked closely with a group at the University of St. Thomas to develop a travel demand management (TDM) plan in conjunction with construction of UST's new Anderson Student Center.
The TDM plan was developed in response to the city's revised parking code and community feedback. The University expanded the focus of their plan to encompass campus-wide transportation policies and commuter programs, not just those related to the new facility.
Damian's role was to help identify ways to improve the effectiveness of the University's overall TDM strategies. The completed plan, which was approved by city of St. Paul staff on June 30, includes pedestrian/vehicle safety initiatives, transit promotion, improved biking facilities and a user-friendly rideshare program.
According to UST Neighborhood Liaison John Hershey, "Damian participated every step of the way as our report was being developed. He was instructive in guiding us as to what to consider in developing our TDM plan, and gave us balanced and helpful information about our options."
Contact Damian at 651-224-8555 x 24 or email@example.com to learn about what it takes to craft an effective TDM plan.
St. Paul gets state's first "bikes may use full lane" signs
You may have noticed the new "bicyclists may use full lane" signs that went up in St. Paul this spring--the first such signs in the state thanks to a Bike Walk Twin Cities "livable streets" project. The three "full lane" signs are located on Marshall Avenue, between Cretin and the river, where the travel lane is less than 14-feet wide and there is no bike lane so safety of bicyclists is a concern. The signs reinforce what state law already allows but many motorists, and some bicyclists, don't know. Learn more about the law and related safety concerns from Bike Walk Twin Cities.
Welcome Emma, our newest staff member
St. Paul Smart Trips welcomes Emma Pachuta as our new Program Director for Smart Trips Neighborhoods. Emma will be developing, managing and evaluating our community-based programming that works to change transportation-related attitudes and behaviors among St. Paul residents. In the coming year, Emma will work to develop a program focusing on a transit-dependent neighborhood in St. Paul
Since April, Emma has worked as our communications and outreach intern. She is very involved in the local transportation community, having worked most recently with the Community Partners Bike Library Program of Sibley Bike Depot where she did programming and taught classes. She has also worked as a project leader and designer with the American Institute of Architects, Minnesota, and a transportation planning intern with the City of Eugene, Oregon. Emma holds a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor's in architecture from the University of Minnesota.
We're excited that Emma is continuing as part of the Smart Trips team. She can be reached by email or at 651-224-8555 x 22.