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MAY 2012
Events calendar

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May 5 & 6
Living Green Expo

May 8
NE Metro Corridor Investment Strategy stakeholder meeting

May 8
Friendly Streets Central Corridor public meeting

May 9
Investing Beyond the Rail, Central Corridor

May 9
National Bike to
School Day

May 15
Future of Transportation Finance Forum  

June 2-10
Bike Walk Week

June 7
Bike Walk to Work Day

More events...
U of M rewarding commuters for biking to work

MN2020 shows how campus bike commuters are logging rides and getting rewards. It's part of ZAP Twin Cities, coming soon to downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. Read more

Quick links

Why St. Paul is a great bicycle city more...

in biking walking pays off more...

Annual cost of car ownership = $8,900 more...

Local efforts and events promote biking and walking  more...

Tips for biking to work safely more...

out the Etch-a-Sketch cyclist more...

Women and cycling; barriers and breakthroughs more...

Why don't we like carpooling? more...

More bike lanes create more riders, it's a fact more...

Car-centric culture leads to obese kids more...

Statewide May Bike Month events more...

Give input on bus lines to new light rail stops  more...

More Twin Cities traffic and less congestion. How's that? more...

Has walking become a "lost mode"?   more...
What we're following
Star Tribune

Central Corridor construction going more smoothly - Regional Rail

Bike commuting on the rise in cities nationwide -

Video of the proposed Southwest Light Rail route - Met Council

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

Join us at Cinco de Mayo and ride transit free

Cinco de Mayo logoLook for St. Paul Smart Trips at Saturday's Cinco de Mayo celebration on St. Paul's West Side (May 5th).  We'll be there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. getting the word out about transportation options, distributing information and flashing safety lights, and registering fiesta-goers for the Commuter Challenge and Bike Walk Week.

We'd love your help!
We're still looking for volunteers to help staff our table at Cinco de Mayo. If you'd like to help, contact or call her at 651-224-8555, ext 23. We'll give you a Smart Trips T-shirt for an hour or two of volunteer time. 

Get a free transit ride to Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo bus pass
Metro Transit is providing free transit passes for Cinco attendees. Download yours now.
Jefferson Avenue bikeway passes with amendment

The St. Paul City Council approved an amended plan to complete the Jefferson Avenue bikeway, improving a key east-west route for cyclists in St. Paul. 

The amended plan includes three traffic circles rather than the five recommended by the Planning Commission in late March. Other planned improvements include sharrows, signage, crosswalk striping, flashing pedestrian crossing signs, removal of some stop signs and fewer parking restrictions.

Read local coverage about the Jefferson bikeway in the Pioneer Press and Highland Villager. 

More information:  Public testimony from April 4, 2012 Council meeting and Jefferson project webpage.
Take survey to improve walkability to LRT stations

St. Paul's District Council Collaborative is launching an important Walkability Survey campaign starting Sunday, May 6th for neighborhoods along the Central Corridor.

The survey is intended to focus on walking routes from neighborhood locations to the 15 future Central Corridor Light Rail Transit stations along University Avenue. Group walks to stations are planned for the kick-off day (followed by celebrations) but residents can register to take the survey any day between May 6th and 28th.

Information gathered will be used to identify barriers to walkability, help prioritize necessary improvements and promote improvement priorities to public officials. Learn more and get involved to improve walkability in your community.
Sign up to win Commuter Challenge prizes

Commuter Challenge 2012 LogoIf you haven't taken the Commuter Challenge yet, sign up today! The annual regional campaign runs through June 30th, so there's plenty of time for you to participate.  

It's easy. Just make a pledge to replace at least one (but we hope more) trip that you would normally take by yourself by car with biking, walking, taking transit or carpooling to your destination. Do it once and you're eligible to win great prizes.

Be eligible for a monthly $100 gift card drawing by extending your pledge to replace a trip or more each week. Create an account and track your trips on the online trip-tracker.

Take the Challenge--visit
Mark your calendar and tune up your bike for
Twin Cities Bike Walk Week June 2-10, 2012

BikeWalkWeeklogo2012 This year's Twin Cities Bike Walk Week is June 2-10. Smart Trips will be kicking off the week with a visit to Grand Old Day to share information about transportation options and help folks practice putting their bikes on the bus. We'll also be part of the Grand Old Day parade along with our Bike Walk Week partners. 

Bike Walk to Work Day, Thursday, June 7th
Join us for our annual celebration of biking and walking to work that morning from 6:30 to 9 a.m. in Rice Park. We'll have coffee and water, a healthy snack, entertainment, information and displays from local bike shops, partner organizations and Bike Walk Week sponsors.

Visit to register, learn more about events throughout the metro area that week and find resources to help you prepare.
Smart Trips part of Snelling multi-modal planning

St. Paul Smart Trips is participating in MnDOT's Snelling Avenue Multi-Modal Transportation Plan task force. The group is working to asses the safety and mobility needs of the corridor and identify feasible multi-modal transportation solutions.

The project's goal is to "achieve a balanced multi-modal transportation system along Snelling Avenue between Selby Avenue and Midway Parkway." Planning will continue through the end of 2012.

Our role is to help develop a plan that benefits all users on this critical north-south route through St. Paul, especially improving safety and accessibility for walkers and bicyclists. We'll keep you updated on the planning and publicize opportunities for public input. Learn more.



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