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APRIL 2010

Events calendar

Here's a sampling from our online events calendar!

April 10
Bring HOURCAR to Summit Hill fundraiser

April 10
ARTCRANK MSP Opening Night Party

April 12
Sibley Bike Depot Kick-off & Open House

April 13
Saint Paul Bicycle Activist Group (1st meeting)

April 16
Deadline: Alfred P. Sloan Workplace Flexibility Awards

April 21
Public Hearing: Bike Walk Central Corridor Action Plan

April 22
David Engwicht - Art of Place Making

April 26
Marshall Ave. Plowing Pilot - Public Meeting

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

 
Video of the month


Watch this amazing video of a man with advanced Parkinson's riding a bike.

 
Quick links

Take a short survey to help encourage women to cycle more places more often. more...

Will Google's new biking directions catalyze development for bicyclists? more...

Conflict resolution tips to better share the road. more...

Families sought to host bicycle racers in June. more...

Ever wondered just what causes traffic jams? more...

Fake potholes to slow drivers? If only we had that problem! more...

 
Bike Walk Week



Bike Walk Week for the Twin Cities is June 5-11. Registration for individuals and teams is now open.

Bike Walk Week website
 
What we're following

Wheeling out a new idea: A lending library of bicycles - Star Tribune

Central Corridor Heavy Construction to Start - Ramsey County Regional Rail

LaHood: "This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized." - League of American Bicyclists

Bicyclists might be permitted to turn on red - MN House of Rep.

$16M slated for better biking and walking in the Twin Cities - Minnesota Public Radio

New poll shows Americans strongly support public transportation; more walking & biking - Transportation For America

New community committee will respond to Central Corridor in St. Paul, Minneapolis - Twin Cities Daily Planet
 
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


Please bus or telework instead!

A reminder that in Minnesota it has been illegal to text, read or send messages from your cell phone while driving since 2008.





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Local bike-friendly workplaces recognized nationally


George Hamm from Ramsey County shows off convenient bike parking facilities

Three St. Paul workplaces were recognized last month by the League of American Bicyclists as 2010 Bicycle Friendly Businesses. Ramsey County, Fresh Energy and Fein Violins were honored among only 48 other workplaces nationally. Live Green Apartments (Skally Management) also received an honorable mention.

Businesses that apply for the award are contributing to a more bicycle-friendly lifestyle for their employees. Our local honorees serve as an example for best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace.

Ramsey County makes bicycling an easy option for transportation by provides amenities such as convenient bicycle parking and bicycle sharing for St. Paul employees at the Government Center West and Ramsey County Courthouse.

Interested in being a 2011 bike-friendly business? Contact Damian Goebel at damian@smart-trips.org or 651-224-8555 x24.


This Earth Day: Think globally, telework locally

St. Paul Smart Trips, in partnership with eWorkPlace is encouraging St. Paul commuters to register and make the pledge to telework for one or more days per week from April 11-24.

Win an Apple iPad or a Netbook Computer!

Telework Twin Cities

April 11 - 24, 2010


Register here!

Special offer! Print your registration confirmation from Telework Twin Cities and show it at CoCo cowork space for a free day of service.


Announcing our new board members for 2010



This month St. Paul Smart Trips will introduce 5 new board members representing community, business and government interests. All are passionate about encouraging and improving transportation options in St. Paul. Welcome!

Joe Barbeau - St. Anthony Park
  • Experience in transit, greenways and trails planning
  • Works with U of M's Center for Transportation Studies (CTS)
  • Bus commuter
Sara Merz - West side
  • 12 years experience working with elected officials at the state Senate and County level
  • Launched Active Living Ramsey County (ALRC)
  • Long time West Side resident
Karri Plowman - Downtown
  • Directs the Central Corridor and East Metro Partnerships for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Experience working on the Hiawatha Light Rail project
  • Walks, buses and bikes to work
Hai Truong - Thomas / Dale
  • Owner of Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
  • Avid bicyclist for recreation and transportation
  • Active in the Frogtown community
Tom Welna - Union Park
  • Former Executive Director of The Neighborhood Energy Connection (curbside recycling programs)
  • Director of the High Winds Fund for Macalester College
  • Focused on livability issues in neighborhoods around campus


Bring the Commuter Challenge to your workplace!

We're partnering again this year with Metro Transit to bring the Commuter Challenge to St. Paul!

The Commuter Challenge runs now through June 27, 2010 and encourages participants to explore physically and environmentally healthier ways of getting around.

Taking part is simple:


Just replace a trip that you might normally drive for with one by foot, bike, bus or train. If that's old hat to you, take it a step further and challenge yourself by trying out carpooling, vanpooling or teleworking.

Replace just one car trip and you'll be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for REI gift cards, bike commuter packs, an Amazon Kindle and more.


For workplaces:
Click here to order promotional materials and schedule a commuter fair!

For individuals:
Register now at mycommuterchallenge.org



St. Paul Transportation Committee seeks members

The City of Saint Paul seeks residents and employees to serve on the new Transportation Committee, which will advise the Planning Commission on transportation-related plans, policies and projects.

The committee will consist of four members of the Planning Commission and eight non-members representing different areas of interest, such as transit, bicycling, freight, pedestrian, etc.

Members must live or work in Saint Paul, commit to a three-year term, and attend approximately 2 meetings per month which will be on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm at City Hall.

Deadline for application is April 30, 2010.

Learn more: Apply online here or contact Donna Drummond at donna.drummond@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6556.



Central Corridor: Committees forming to address detailed construction concerns

The CAC will be transitioning to Construction Communication Committees, which will focus more on detailed and localized concerns as a result of construction.

The outreach staff is seeking nominations this spring and will hold a joint kickoff meeting this summer.

Last month at the final meeting of the Central Corridor Community Advisory Committee (CAC), Metropolitan Council Chair Peter Bell thanked members, including St. Paul Smart Trips director Jessica Treat, for their work over the past three years.

Bell acknowledged the role that the CAC and its members have played in impacting the look and operation of the line including full build out of the three stations at Hamline, Western and Victoria.

Nominate yourself: Contact Robin Caufman at robin.caufman@metc.state.mn.us or 651-602-1457


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