January 20th, 2023

In this edition

  • Thank You, 2022 Commute Ambassadors!
  • Invite Move Mpls to Your Workplace
  • mspWellness Micro Grants
  • Racial Equity Framework For Transportation
  • Municipal Sidewalk Clearing
  • Carpooling Couples
  • Other Happenings

Thank You to the 2022 Commute Ambassadors!

From bike room tours to group light rail rides, Downtown Bike Day to Car-Free MSP, huge thanks go out to the 2022 Move Minneapolis Commute Ambassadors!

Last year, these sustainably-minded downtown employees promoted sustainable commuting in their workplaces, volunteered at Move Minneapolis events, provided insightful information, and learned about downtown transportation.

Move Minneapolis is currently working with the 2022 cohort on updates to the program for 2023 - stay tuned to learn how you can get involved!

We Want To Meet You!

Move Team at Minneapolis College's "Student Mixer" and Well Fargo Resource Fair

The Move Minneapolis team is available for in-person presentations, wellness/benefits fairs, or tabling at your workplace to promote the commute options and resources available to your employees.

Need help with bike routes, transit trip planning, Metropass information, carpooling education, telework resources? We do it all!

What can Move do for your workplace? Move Minneapolis Employer Events

Apply Today for an mspWellness Microgrant, Community Partner Funding Award!

Are you with an organization in Minneapolis with between 10 and 100 employees interested in improving your employees’ health and wellbeing? Check out the mspWellness microgrant, Community Partner Funding Award opportunity! 

The Microgrant Program is designed to provide financial and technical support to Minneapolis employers to implement initiatives to improve employee health and wellbeing, including active transportation programs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to leverage the next round of funding for your next employee wellness project!

Apply Today
Register for a Virtual Info Session January 25th

Share your Feedback on the Racial Equity Framework For Transportation

The City of Minneapolis Public Works recently released a draft of the Racial Equity Framework for Transportation, available for public comment. Set forward in this document, Transportation equity means the benefits and burdens of transportation systems, services and spending are fair and just, which historically has not been the case. The work behind this framework began in 2020 in partnership with a Community Equity Workgroup formed and facilitated by the Cultural Wellness Center.

To learn more about racial equity in transportation, explore the Racial Equity Dashboard and watch an overview video.

Municipal Sidewalk Clearing

Unsurprisingly, Minneapolis residents and commuters saw heavy snowfall in January. If you are a winter commuter by foot, bus, or bike (like me featured below), you surely experienced detours on your commute due to sidewalks left uncleared of heavy snow. This year’s snowfall came alongside a community-led proposal for the city to create a solution for sidewalk clearing led by the city, similar to how roads and bike paths are plowed. You might have seen the conversation for municipal sidewalk clearing covered on Kare11 or CBS Minnesota! The organization Our Streets Minneapolis is pushing for a program to be included in the city’s 2024 budget.

Our Streets shares that the program will bring benefits including:

  • Open up city destinations to people walking and rolling throughout the winter, especially for people who have mobility restrictions
  • Ensure that street corners and transit stops on our city's most frequented streets are properly cleared
  • Remove the disproportionate impact of sidewalk shoveling enforcement on people of color, people of low income, and disabled people
  • Advance the City’s goal to have three of every five trips be by walking, rolling, bicycling or transit by 2030

Carpooling Couples Enjoy Perks While Saving Money & Time

What would you do with an extra $140 per month? That’s how much Lauren and her fiancé Nate, who both work downtown, estimate they save each month by carpooling together. Their registered carpool at the ABC Ramps Mobility Hub costs only $20 per month – about the cost of a couple of lunches. They researched commuting options and carpooling works best for them, costs the least, and still reduces their carbon footprint.

Their commuting routine includes laughing to their favorite morning show and being able to unwind together on the ride home. The money they’ve saved on parking has been put away for a better use: the couple is about to make a down payment as first-time home buyers. Congratulations!

Likewise, saving money and time is something that another carpooling couple really enjoys. Vijay and his wife are long-time Ramp A carpoolers. As carpoolers, they take the E-ZPass lane on I-394 into downtown for free and then park in the preferred “Carpool Only” spaces next to the elevator. From there it is an easy walk to work via skyway. Vijay also added that carpooling reduces the number of cars on the road and “that is better for the environment”. He would recommend carpooling to anyone working downtown.

Learn about the benefits and savings of carpooling with Move Minneapolis.

Other Happenings

Bike Maintenance Training with BikeMN

BikeMN will be offering three different bike maintenance courses in March 2023. You can sign up for the classes you are interested in taking individually ($40/class) or all three ($100 total):

Thursday, March 2, 6-8pm: Repair fundamentals, prevention, cleaning, basics of fit, and fix-a-flat. 

Thursday, March 9, 6-8pm: Brakes, derailleurs, chain. 

Thursday, March 16, 6-8pm: Bearings (hubs, headset, bottom bracket), wheel truing. 

Learn More and Register for Maintenance Classes

Bike Basics Class with BikeMN

Join BikeMN for Bike Basics--a 1 hour virtual class that teaches basic skills to prepare you to get on your bike and be comfortable.

Register for Bike Basics

Join Move Minnesota at the Minnesota State Capitol to show our elected officials that public transit is important to you! In celebration and remembrance of the life and accomplishments of Rosa Parks (her birthday is Feb. 4th), Transit Equity Day highlights how pivotal transit is in advancing equity across the state. Transit is essential for a Minnesota where people of every race, ability, income, gender, and zip code can thrive.

Transit Equity Day Hearings - When & Where:

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:00–5:00 PM

Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1100

95 University Ave W, St Paul


Thursday, Feb. 2, 8:30–10:00 AM

Minnesota State Capitol, Room 120

75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul

Register for Transit Equity Day Events

Share Your Feedback on County Road 42 BRT Study

Through previous studies and planning efforts at the city and county levels, the County Road 42 corridor has been identified as a candidate for enhanced transit service, providing an important east-west connection between Scott and Dakota Counties.

Learn more about the MVTA County Road 42 BRT Study and share your feedback:

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