ZAP Twin Cities
ZAP Twin Cities is a bicycle commuting program for anyone who wants to save money, improve their health, and doesn’t mind winning great prizes.
Get your bike tagged in downtown St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis or at the U of M Bike Center, record your trip at over 40 locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul and earn rewards.
Shopping by Bike
Locate a grocery store in close proximity to your home or work and map your route. A store within three miles doesn’t add a lot of time to your shopping trip. If there aren’t routes with bike lanes to get there, biking on low-traffic neighborhood streets is a way to feel safe and avoid heavy traffic.
Shop lighter. Choose foods that travel well and are small and light. For example, buy juice concentrate instead of juice or tortillas instead of bread. Save large or heavy items for trips by car or ask if the store delivers.
Pack your bags like a pro.
- Bring your own reusable, sturdy grocery bag.
- Put lighter, more fragile items at the top of the bag.
- Pack frozen foods together or put them in a fabric lunch cooler to keep them cold.
- Choose products with less packaging so they take up less space.
- Put heavier items in your bike bag, basket or trailer; put lighter items in the bag you carry on your body.
- Bring a bungee cord in case you need to secure an item or bag to your bike.
Plan meals ahead of time. Pick up all the ingredients you need for several days to avoid repeat trips for one or two items.
Ride carefully. Your response times (and your bike’s) are slower when you’re loaded down, so take turns slowly and always signal your intention to drivers.
Bike and Ride
All Metro Transit buses and trains have bike racks on them. Use them to reduce or eliminate transfers, to ride into work on a bus or train and ride home (or vice versa), if you get a flat tire, or to check out a place that is too far to bike to.
Only two-wheeled, non-motorized bikes can be on buses and trains, and they have to have a wheel base between 20 to 29 inches in diameter to fit. That means recumbent bikes won’t work.
There is no extra charge to use a rack, and they’re easy to use. Watch the video above to see step-by-step instructions for a bus, light rail or Northstar. Practice loading your bicycle on a rack at our office or when a bus is between trips or isn’t as busy.
If a bike rack is full, it never hurts to ask the driver to bring your bike on board. Drivers can use their discretion to allow bikes on the bus. The driver knows the route and may refuse your request, even if the bus is not full at the time you are boarding, to avoid crowded conditions farther along the route.
Bike lockers are available at many Park & Ride lots, light-rail stations, and other Twin Cities locations.
The cost to rent annually (Feb. 1 through Jan. 31) is $48 plus a refundable $40 damage deposit. The rental fee is reduced by $4 each month into the term but month-to-month rental is not available.
Lockers are also available through the city of Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, and some employers in the metro area.
Union Depot Bike Room
The Union Depot in downtown St. Paul now offers indoor, secure storage and maintenance space.
Prices start as low as $7 per month. Lockers are available on a first come, first served basis for the day if you provide your own lock.
Interested in signing up? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-202-2700.
Information for Renters
Bicycle access is from the Sibley Avenue entrance.
Electronic key cards will be issued to provide convenient 24/7 access to the bicycle storage area.
They even have space for trailers, recumbent bikes, folding bikes, and more.
Track your trips and help make the region more bike friendly. The Metropolitan Council offers the free Cycle Tracks app to track your trips, routes, and biking mileage, which also helps inform their bike planning. Download on Android or iPhone
Car sharing makes cars available for errands when someone uses biking, walking, carpooling or transit as their primary way of getting around and doesn’t have a car available to them. Individuals and organizations can sign up for memberships and pay only for the time and mileage they use the car. Learn more.
Guaranteed Ride Home
All commuters who ride transit, share a ride, bike, or walk at least three days per week to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. That means a registered commuter is never without an immediate form of transportation in the case of an emergency.
Registered commuters can request reimbursements four times per year or up to $100, whichever comes first, for eligible trips with valid documentation.
Trips must be a part of your school or work commute. Acceptable uses include leaving work due to illness or having to pick up a sick child, having to work unexpected overtime, or if your regular carpool is not available to leave when needed. The program cannot be used for personal errands, appointments, business-related travel or non-emergency, personal trips.