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September 11
St. Paul Bike Classic

September 12
St. Paul Citywide Bicycle Plan meeting, El Rio

September 22
Worldwide Car-Free day

September 22
St. Paul Citywide Bicycle Plan, West Minnehaha 

September 26
St. Paul Citywide Bicycle Plan meeting, Phalen

September 27
Jefferson Avenue Bikeway public meeting

October 3-9
Fall Bike Walk Week

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Quick links

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A movement to get more people riding

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What we're following

Local population shifting to central core -
Finance & Commerce

Minnesota rail projects clear hurdles - Twin Cities Business magazine

Tips for transportation advocacy -  Project for Public Spaces

Can suburbia become car-free? - Scientific American

Would you pay a bike tax? - Planetizen

No access to cars or transit for 700,000 Americans - Transportation Nation

A likely congressional
showdown over transportation?  -
Washington Post

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

 Creating a more bike-friendly West 7th Street



There are plenty of places to park your bike now when you visit businesses along St. Paul's West 7th Street. Working in collaboration with the City of St. Paul and Greening the Avenue, St. Paul Smart Trips helped finance new bike parking along West 7th between Jefferson and downtown.   


The collaborative effort resulted in a dozen eye-catching bike racks (see photo) in front of a variety of businesses and organizations. Two more will be installed next spring. "The decorative bike racks change the look of the commercial strip and send a subtle message encouraging people to leave their cars home and instead bike and walk along the avenue," explained Jon Kerr, who spearheaded the project. "People are excited about how the bike racks look, and property owners feel the bike parking enhances their properties and adds a sense of style," he added.  


Both the City of St. Paul and St. Paul Smart Trips have programs to help organizations finance bike parking. Contact Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555 x24 or for more information. 

Let Metro Transit help you create a SchSchool Pool graphicool Pool


Help reduce driving trips to your school, give parent drivers a break, improve the air quality in and around school, and teach your kids to be smart commuters by setting up a year-round school carpool. Metro Transit's new SchoolPool program makes it easy to create school-specific carpools online. 

Get started: Check to see if your school has an existing account with Metro Transit. If not, have a school administrator contact Theresa Cain at 612-349-7538 or  to register your school community. Once your school joins SchoolPool, parents register by setting up personal commuter accounts and can search for matches when they want to arrange rides.  


Spread the word to families in your community and start promoting more sustainable transportation options for students and parents.    


Fall Bike Walk Week is October 3-9, and Bike Walk to School Day is October 5th. Check out local events at the Bike Walk Week website. Plan and share your Bike Walk to School events on the International Walk to School Day website

Status of the St. Paul Greenway Initiative

The St. Paul Greenway Committee was created in August 2009 by passionate people devoted to developing a vision for a proposed extension of the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway across the Mississippi River east to Pascal Avenue and then south along the Ayd Mill Road Corridor, eventually connecting to the Sam Morgan Trail along the Mississippi river.
St. Paul Greenway route proposal
St. Paul Smart Trips convened the committee and worked to move their ideas forward. For several years, the City of St. Paul negotiated with CP-Rail for an easement in the Ayd Mill segment of the proposed route. More recently, the city attempted to acquire the land through legal action. The city was unsuccessful in both attempts, and the project is at a standstill until a solution for this critical segment is available. Learn more from the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition.

After reaching out to members, Greenway committee leaders decided to disband until additional support and clarity for the effort develops. Smart Trips will continue to monitor the situation. When positive momentum emerges, we will resume planning and advocacy efforts to realize a St. Paul Greenway.

We appreciate the strong community support for the Greenway. More than 200 people have registered to stay connected with the committee. Thanks to all who have donated their time, effort and support for this vital link for bicycling in and around St. Paul.

Add your two cents about biking in St. Paul


Plan to attend one of three public open houses this month to add your input to a Citywide Bicycle Plan that is being developed. The plan will provide recommendations about bikeways, facilities and priority projects for implementation. The City of St. Paul wants to hear where you'd like to get to by bike and what barriers prevent you from getting there. The three open houses are scheduled at different locations throughout St. Paul from 4-7 p.m.    

Mon., Sept. 12 - El Rio Vista Recreation Center 


Thurs., Sept. 22 -West Minnehaha Recreation Center 


Mon., Sept. 26 - Phalen Recreation Center  


Unable to attend?  St Paul's Sustainable Transportation Planner Emily Erickson created an online survey to generate additional input.  

Downtown transit users, watch for re-routes


If you use transit in downtown St. Paul, be sure to keep on top of construction detours that might impact your bus route. The intersection of 6th and Cedar will be closing for several weeks starting in late September for Central Corridor utility work construction, affecting roughly two-thirds of downtown transit service.   


Get the construction update and the latest on detours to your route at Metro Transit's website.



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