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0CTOBER 2011
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October 3
Griggs Street Bikeway public meeting

October 4
MnDOT Transportation Vision public hearing

October 5
Bike Walk to School Day

October 6
Winter bicycling tips at Smart Trips  

October 9
Griggs Street Bikeway ride and public meeting 

October 11
Griggs Street Bikeway public meeting

October 25
Jefferson Avenue Bikeway public meeting

More events...
Bike Boxes appear in the Twin Cities

Bike Box video
Check out Bike Walk Twin Cities' 30-second PSA about Bike Boxes, this one at Franklin and East River Parkway.  Watch

Quick links

St. Paul earns bike friendly city status! more...

What's the ROI for biking and walking? more...

What women want -- removing cycling barriers. more...

Greener cities support biking and walking  from the ground up. more...

Find out how much $ you can save by taking transit? more...

Thoughts on third trimester biking by one mom-to-be. more...

Cyclists no longer need to be cowboys.  more...

And you think your bike is loaded down! more...

Cyclopath has gone mobile! more...

Where is bike commuting on the uptick?  more...
What we're following

We think MnDOT's 50-Year Vision is spot on. Check it out -

Effective transit vital to our economy -
Saint Paul Chamber

Forest Lake to St. Paul bus line continued - 
Star Tribune

Bike sharing leads to more bike purchases -  Euro Cyclists' Federation

Who will pay for falling apart bridges, roads and transit systems? -
Star Tribune

Streetcar boom ahead  for U.S.? -  Planetizen
Six-month extension for federal transportation funding - Transit for Livable Communities

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

Bike Walk Week events to keep you moving



Fall Bike Walk Week is here. You can register and pledge 

to continue biking or walking at least once a week through December.  


Check out these events:  

  • Bike Walk to Work Day Open House at the Smart Trips office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 6th. We'll be on hand to share winter biking tips along with cookies and beverages. (find us at 55 East 5th Street, St. Paul, Alliance Bank Center, Suite 202, skyway level) 
  • Nice Ride Group Ride, Monday, October 3rd, from 5 to 6 p.m., to celebrate Nice Ride's summer station expansion into St. Paul. Council members Melvin Carter and Russ Stark will lead the Nice Ride tour, starting at the Lexington/University Nice Ride station.  Register.  
  • Winter Cycling Safety Class, Tuesday, October 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. you can brush up on cold weather biking safety at the new Amsterdam Bar and Hall at 6th and Wabasha downtown St. Paul. Registration is required, but you need not bring your bike.


For more Fall Bike Walk Week events, visit the Bike Walk Week website  

Nominate transportation innovators for the
2011 Commuter Choice Awards


Help us celebrate creative commuters and organizations for the 2011 Commuter Choice Awards. Do you have a colleague, an acquaintance or an organization with an innovative approach to more sustainable transportation options? Help us recognize those working to relieve congestion and improve air quality by completing this form by Friday, October 7th.  


Need inspiration? Learn about last year's nominees and winners or view photos from last year's event.


Save the date:

2011 Commuter Choice Awards 

Wednesday, November 9th
DS Event Center, St. Paul  
RSVP by November 1

Questions: contact Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555 x 24 or

Rideshare this month and you could be "winning"


Now is a good time to explore or revisit your ridesharing options. October is Rideshare Month, and Metro Transit is rewarding your efforts to share the ride with chances to win Kindle readers, NetBooks and more.


To be eligible you need to search for a carpool or vanpool partner during October via Metro Transit's online Ridematching service. Just logon and set up a commuter account to start looking for potential RideshareMonth2011 carpool partners. In addition to becoming eligible for a prize drawing in October, you'll start saving money on gas, reducing wear and tear on your car, and decreasing road congestion and your personal stress level.


Learn more, register and start "winning."

Sibley Bike Depot celebrates Bike Library's impact

Staff, volunteers and supporters recently celebrated the success of the Sibley Bike Depot's Community Partners Bike Library,

which has reached more than 370 low-income individuals since its launch in May 2010. The library has effectively connected its bicycle resources to users through 19 social service agencies in St. Paul and Minneapolis, lending 150 bikes in 2010 ad 220 this year, along with 14 trailers.  


The bike lending program provides fully-outfitted bicycles, as well as gear and training for experienced or brand new bike riders. Inexperienced bikers are offered free learn-to-ride classes,

Winner of a new bike at BIke Library celebration
Winner of a new bike at the celebration (photo courtesy of Cristhian Cuace

and are given the opportunity to purchase the bike at the end of the training or continue to use it through the library.


The Bike Library's goal is to create education and support to encourage lifelong bicycle use at little or no cost to people whose lives can be empowered through a bicycle. Congratulations to the Bike Library staff and volunteers for an effective and important program for our community.  


For more information visit the Sibley Bike Depot website


What is a bike boulevard?  Let BWTC explain.


Bike Boulevard video Safe bicycling elements are a hot topic in St. Paul these days, with meetings scheduled about proposed bikeways on Jefferson Avenue and Griggs Street. To help shed some light on the subject, Bike Walk Twin Cities produced a video explaining the features and benefits of Bike Boulevards. Watch.      




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