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APRIL 2012
Events calendar

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April 4
Jefferson Avenue bikeway public hearing

April 18
Transportation Opportunities and Challenges, USDOT

April 28
Bike Alliance of Minn. Annual Meeting

May 5-6
Living Green Expo

May 9
National Bike to
School day

May 23
Research Conference, Center for Transportation Study

June 2-10
Bike Walk Week

June 7
Bike Walk to Work Day

More events...
Katie's Go To card is a Lifesaver 

Catching the light rail line
Local bicyclist and transit user Katie Tharp shows how her Go To card is a lifesaver.  Watch

Quick links

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How biking could help the US save $17 million more...

Suburban transit nets higher subsidies more...

A rules of the road refresher for bicyclists more...

A look at CCLRT construction at half-way point more...

Need quality time with kids? Walk them to school more...

Avenue bike work begins soon more...

the same direction improves your marriage more...

Say gooobye to urban freeways more...

Americans' need for gas on the decline more...

Who should pay for roads and transit? more...

Create a walking school bus more...

Why customers on bikes are better for your business more...

GM turns to MTV to help get young people interested in cars more...
What we're following
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Eastside Review

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

St. Paul Transportation Summit a success

Minnesota2020 Tranportation Summit video  

Thanks to all who attended our fourth annual St. Paul Transportation Summit last month, held at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

More than 100 attendees enjoyed networking, connecting with our partners and hearing from Metro Transit, Nice Ride MN, the Central Corridor project office, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Council and Smart Trips.

Each organization offered insights about trends in regional transportation, new programs and initiatives and important priorities moving forward. 

If you missed our 2012 Summit and would like to get the highlights, download the Transportation Summit presentations. Many thanks to all our presenters and guests for a great event.
Met Council Chair Susan Haigh
Keynote speaker Susan Haigh, Chair of the Metropolitan Council

Download presentations
from the Summit.

View photos from the event.

View Minnesota 2020's  short video of Transportation Summit highlights.

Jefferson Avenue bikeway hearing this week

The St. Paul City Council will hear public testimony this week on the Jefferson Avenue bikeway project. Please consider getting involved to support this project to improve safety and mobility in St. Paul. Contact your council member via phone or email and consider attending the public hearing on April 4 to testify.

The proposed changes include installing traffic circles and removing stop signs at five intersections, reintroducing on-street parking in some sections, installing pedestrian crossing signals at two major intersections and adding bike pavement markings and signage along the route. More details are available on the City's Jefferson project webpage.

Jefferson Avenue Public Hearing:
Wednesday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Basement Rooms 40 A/B
15 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul 55101
Bike rack program helps businesses add bike parking

St. Paul Smart Trips recently helped install bike parking at two St. Paul businesses through our bike rack cost sharing program. Bike facilities at St. Joseph's Hospital

La Clinica, on Cesar Chavez Street on St. Paul's west side, installed several racks for employees and clients near the clinic entrance.  St. Joseph's Hospital in downtown St. Paul installed secure bike parking (at right) in their parking ramp for employees. 

Both Smart Trips and the City of St. Paul have programs to help subsidize bike parking for businesses and organizations in the city. If you'd like to find out about bike parking support and options for you, contact Damian Goebel at Smart Trips 651-224-8555, ext. 24 or

Download our bike parking brochure to learn more.
Commuter Challenge yourself and your colleagues


The 2012 Commuter Challenge has begun! Sign up with a pledge to travel any way other than driving alone at least once (and hopefully more) between now and June 30 and you'll be eligible for great prizes, like Kindles, Netbooks, Kindle Fires and gift cards. Spread the word to your employer and colleagues to get more  regular drivers on board and help reduce congestion on our roads.  


Register online or in person at our office or at one of the many Commuter Challenge fairs we'll be holding throughout the spring.  


For organizations: Order promotional materials or schedule a commuter fair online.


For individuals: Register and learn more about the great prizes. Tweet about your Commuter Challenge and you'll be eligible for additional prizes. Learn more about the Twitter contest. 


Further your personal challenge: Make your pledge ongoing. Create an account and track your trips each week on the online trip-tracker and you'll be eligible for monthly prizes year-round.  

Start Parking $mart and save through the end of 2012
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If you commute to downtown St. Paul, you can save half of your monthly parking costs or more by joining our new Parking $mart program. St. Paul Smart Trips will cover half the cost of a carpool or vanpool's monthly parking contract through the end of 2012 in one of three downtown St. Paul ramps.

Visit our website for information about how to qualify and register. Contact Damian Goebel at 651-224-8555, ext. 24 or to learn more. 




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