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JUNE 2009

Events Calendar

Here's a sampling from our online events calendar!

June 10
Practical Methods for Analyzing Pedestrian and Bicycling Use of a Transportation Facility

June 13
Mac-Grove - Paint the Pavement

June 17
Webinar: Bicycle Master Plans with Peter Lagerwey

June 30
Last day to take the
Commuter Challenge!

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

Know our planet's biggest threat?



 
Quick Links

Fashion forward: locally designed clothes for biking and working. more...

Online maps & schedules from Metro Transit just got easier to use. more...

Does your commute suck? more...

What do you get when you cross a stroller with a tricycle? more...

Kids alone on transit- how young is too young? more...

CO2 math: 10,000 Google searches = 5 miles in a car. more...

Electric bicycles, closest thing to a magic carpet? more...


Win a Bike!



Nathan Edwards from the National Park Service won this commuter bike at Bike Walk to Work Day. Win yours by taking the Commuter Challenge by June 30!

What we're following

In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars - New York Times

Expert says more bikes on the road makes cycling safer - MPR

280: Four-lane road becomes a freeway
- Star Tribune

Lafayette Bridge plans take shape in St. Paul - KARE11

Ramsey board OKs purchase of Union Depot - Star Tribune

Video: Blueprint America: Road to the Future - pbs.org

Survey measures Woodbury residents' views of taxes, transit - Star Tribune



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2009 Bike Walk to Work Day: The video



More than 200 of you braved a brisk early morning on May 14th to celebrate biking and walking in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul. Circus Juventus (featured in the video above) provided the entertainment while Golden's Deli, Great Harvest and Whole Foods warmed up commuters with great food and drink.

Thanks to everyone who participated including our many local elected officials and generous sponsors who support biking and walking in the Twin Cities.

Over the course of the week, 5,000 people participated in Bike Walk Week, many walking or biking to work or school for the first time.

Photos: Check out our photos from the event!


 
Wish Snelling was safer to cross on foot?



Help us raise awareness of the Crosswalk Law at this fun,
family-oriented pedestrian safety event!


Volunteers and community members will see how many cars stop when they attempt to cross Snelling Avenue. Participants can also come to show support for the crosswalk law, hear local dignitaries speak, and (for the younger set) participate in a pedestrian safety game sponsored by the St. Paul Fire Department.

Monday, June 22
4:30 pm
SE corner of Ashland & Snelling (map)
(near the Cheapo parking lot)

This event is part of a week-long Pedestrian Safety Campaign focused on Snelling Ave. N between Selby and Summit. The campaign is organized by St. Paul Smart Trips in conjunction with the Union Park District Council and Ward 4 Councilmember Russ Stark's office. For the remainder of the week, Saint Paul Police will be ticketing drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. Police will also ticket pedestrians who are engaging in unsafe and illegal crossing behavior.
 
Questions? Contact: Julie Oney at julie@unionparkdc.org or 651-645-6887

 
Coming to a neighborhood near you...

Smart Trips Union Park, the second neighborhood outreach program from St. Paul Smart Trips, launches in July! The program will provide residents of the Union Park district with transportation options resources and gifts, helpful newsletters, and free events, including bike rides, guided walks and classes. Keep up-to-date on the program's progress at smart-trips.org.

As part of the Smart Trips Union Park program, we are offering a unique opportunity for people passionate about biking, walking, and transit to engage in direct outreach work in the Union Park district and gain first-hand experience advocating for transportation options. As a Smart Trips Ambassador, you would represent Smart Trips while delivering materials to residents and while attending bike rides, walks and classes.


Apply by June 17! Download an application (pdf) or contact Laura Baum at laura@smart-trips.org or 651-224-8555 x21.


Envisioning better bridges for bikes & pedestrians

St. Paul Smart Trips has established a committee to develop a vision for how freeway crossings in St. Paul should look and function for bicyclists and pedestrians. The committee will meet over the next 6 months to look at exclusive bike/ped bridges as well as multi-use bridges.

Upon completion, the vision will be shared with elected officials and staff at the local, county and state levels with the goal of influencing future bridge design and construction projects.

Join us: We're looking for community members from across St. Paul to join this committee. Interested? Please e-mail jessica@smart-trips.org.



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