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NOVEMBER 2011
Events calendar

Send us your events!
events@smart-trips.org 

November 9
Commuter Choice awards luncheon 

November 10
Open House, Bruce Vento trail connection

November 16
Donate to Smart Trips on Give to the Max Day!   

November 16
Webinar: parking, buffers, bikes & cars 

December 5
Active Living Ramsey Communities Mtg

More events...
 
What is the difference between a road and street?

TEDx video11-11
This 15-minute TEDx talk is worth your time, as it highlights what can make just a "road" become a vibrant, "street" and how that and more impacts communities. Watch

Quick links

How cycle-friendly is your city council candidate? more...

Will LRT bring more downtown St. Paul development? more...

Side-by-side look at bike/ped funding bills more...

Seniors need Safe Routes too more...

The real story about carpooling's "decline" more...

The perfect gift for your favorite cyclist - bike jewelry more...

Is a decade of commuting worth $125,000 to you? more...

Infographic about Twin Cities biking and walking more...

How to live longer, be happier more...

U of M bikers get zapped as they roll into campus more...

Complex, "messy" streets have better walkability more...
 
What we're following

Raymond Ave. traffic calming plan approved -
Pioneer Press

Where will transportation funding come from? -
Forbes

Can strategic investment increase bus ridership by 30%? -
MinnPost

Transportation tax benefit changes -
Cycleliscious

Anti-bike amendment defeated - Bike League

Phone app that rewards bikes and peds - 
Planetizen

Congestion and the real value of public transit -  Washington Post
 
China's U-turn on biking -
ClimateWire
 

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

www.smart-trips.org



Help us leverage funding on Give to Max Day

 

Give to the Max Day logo Help St. Paul Smart Trips leverage $4 for every $1 you donate on Give to the Max Day, Wednesday, November 16th. You can contribute to Smart Trips through the GiveMN page any day. Donate now or join in the Great Minnesota Give-Together on November 16th. Your donation will be matched 4 to 1 by our federal funder.  

 

In addition, your gift can help Smart Trips win an extra $1,000. Each hour of Give to the Max Day, an individual donor will be randomly chosen to have $1,000 awarded to his or her favorite GiveMN nonprofit. Help support our work promoting sustainable transportation options, and Give to the Max on November 16th!  Learn more.    

 

Neighborhoods program impact detailed in report

The results are in for our 2010 Highland Park Smart Trips Neighborhoods program. The final report illustrates the program's success in changing attitudes and behaviors among participants, resulting in fewer drive-alone car trips.

Highland bike ride
Trails in your backyard ride.
Like previous programs in the Union Park and Summit-University neighborhoods, the Highland Neighborhood Program sought to reduce car trips and help residents explore other options for getting around-by foot, bike and transit. We engaged more than 1,000 residents through their participation in group rides, walks and workshops, as well as requests for Smart Trips kits.

According to results from a before and after phone survey, Highland Park residents increased biking (+3%), walking (+5%) and reduced drive-alone trips by 3%. More than 80% of online survey respondents reported taking new walking, biking or transit trips as a result of the Smart Trips program. In addition, more residents became familiar with bus routes and schedules and were consequently less reluctant to try transit options.

The program is on hold while we adapt our model to serve the unique needs and characteristics found across St. Paul neighborhoods. Our vision is that every St. Paul neighborhood have a similar program designed to fit their character.

Since 2008, St. Paul Smart Trips has helped more than 3,000 St. Paul households make smarter trips!

Learn more about our Neighborhoods programs. 
Awards honor committed, innovative commuters

2011 Commuter Choice Logo  

At the 2011 Commuter Choice Awards this month we're celebrating and honoring employers, individuals and organizations for their creative solutions in promoting programs that get employees and community members to and from work and school without adding to gridlock.  

 

Eight individuals, 13 organizations and three businesses have been nominated for their commitment to exercising and/or promoting more sustainable transportation options. Winners will be announced at the luncheon November 9th and highlighted in next month's newsletter.  Learn more. 

Some downtown St. Paul transit stops to get upgrade, thanks to Metro Transit's federal grant


Downtown St. Paul commuters will enjoy new transit shelters at stops along 5th and 6th streets and Cedar and Minnesota in downtown St. Paul, thanks to a federal grant awarded to Metro Transit. The $3.2 million will fund two Metro Transit projects: the downtown St. Paul facilities and an alternatives analysis study of transit options in the Midtown Corridor in south Minneapolis.


In addition to new shelters, those downtown stops will gain NexTrip real-time route information and streetscape improvements. Construction of the new facilities will begin in the fall of 2012. The project is part of Metro Transit's vision to provide strong connections between bus service and the new Central Corridor light-rail line in downtown St. Paul.
Learn more. 

Welcome to downtown, Lowertown Bike Shop
Lowertown Bike Shop logo
St. Paul Smart Trips welcomes the new Lowertown Bike Shop (LBS) to downtown St. Paul. LBS is a nonprofit bike shop that "specializes in bringing new life to used bikes."

Their mission is to empower people with disabilities by offering bike programming that increases independence, skill sets and mechanical knowledge. Located at 253 East 4th Street near Union Station, the shop carries a wide range of bicycle accessories, and can also order new bikes for interested customers. Welcome to the neighborhood LBS!

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