August 17, 2023

In this edition

  • Car-Free MSP is Live!
  • World Car-Free Day Celebration
  • Nicollet xChange
  • Invite Move to Open Enrollment Events
  • ICYMI: Bike/Scooter Share Webinar
  • Downtown Educational Ride Recap
  • Move Minneapolis Honored in Seattle
  • Other Happenings

Car-Free MSP is Live!

Pause the next time you reach for the car keys to go to work, the grocery store, or crave a double mocha latte. Can you make this trip another way? Consider whether there is a bus stop nearby, if a brisk walk would get you to your destination while allowing you to soak in the sunshine, or if a ride on a bike would let you avoid traffic and construction. Alternatives to driving alone are often healthier, less stressful, and save money. 

Car-Free MSP is a campaign that demonstrates how small changes can make a big difference. Move Minneapolis and partner organizations have teamed up to promote opportunities, resources, and events to go car-free and connect to the community via transit, carpooling, biking, walking, scooting, carshare, and more.

Make a pledge to switch at least one trip from driving alone between September 1st and September 30th and be eligible to win these fabulous prizes:

Imagine the big difference that small changes could make!

Take the Pledge

World Car-Free Day Celebration September 22nd

As part of Car-Free MSP, Move Minneapolis and partner organizations invite you to help us celebrate World Car-Free Day on September 22nd! World Car-Free Day aims to create awareness and educate communities about alternatives to driving alone. Launched in Spain in 1996, World Car-Free Day is observed in 1,500 cities and more than 40 countries around the globe. 

When: Friday, September 22nd 5-7pm

Where: Wabun Picnic Area, Shelter A 4655 46th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Featuring: Games, food, beverages, tabling from transportation organizations, free scooter and e-bike demos, and more!

Looking for a fun, social way to get to the event? The Joyful Riders Club will be leading a group bike ride to the celebration from Downtown Minneapolis! Gather at Graze Provisions and Libations at 4:30, roll out at 5pm.

Nicollet xChange, Transportation Edition

Nicollet Mall has been buzzing all summer with fun activization events taking place weekly. Tuesdays feature the Nicollet xChange – a marketplace of ideas, items, skills, and stories in an exciting swap.

On Tuesday, August 22, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. the Nicollet xChange takes on a Minneapolis transportation theme.

Join Move Minneapolis and our partners from Evie Carshare, Commute with Enterprise vanpool, City of Minneapolis’ As You Go campaign, The Hub Bike Co-op, and MnDOT’s ReThinking I-94 in an exchange of transportation knowledge, ideas, and visions for ways to move in Minneapolis. Kick some tires, ask the experts, share your stories, and score some cool swag.

Look for us on Nicollet Mall and 9th Street. 

Offering Best Practices On Transportation Benefits

Many workplaces have an open enrollment period in the fall when benefits are reviewed, renewed, or changes are made. In preparation for open enrollment, employers often hold benefits, resource, or health and wellness fairs to inform employees about available options.

In preparation for the open enrollment period, invite Move Minneapolis to your employee events or fairs to demonstrate best practices around transportation benefits and sustainable commuting options. We provide expertise in sustainable commuting options that are fast, efficient, save money and the environment.  

Move Minneapolis offers:

·      Tabling at employee resource, benefits, and heath & wellness fairs

·      Presentations on transportation and “lunch & learns”

·      Demonstration opportunities with our transportation partners

Better commutes reduce stress, improve health & wellness, and can save on the company’s bottom line. There is no cost for our transportation outreach services. Please contact Move Minneapolis to provide transportation benefits expertise during your open enrollment period. 

Contact Move Minneapolis

ICYMI: Meet the Bike and Scooter Share Providers Webinar Recording

Everything you wanted to know about scooter and bike-share in Minneapolis this season! Watch a recording of our webinar on scooter & bike-share in Minneapolis. Move Minneapolis hosts a panel featuring representatives from Lime, Veo, Spin, and the City of Minneapolis Public Works department as they discuss scooter and e-bike fleets, affordability programs, infrastructure, safety, and more! 

Watch the Webinar

Cruising Through Downtown with BikeMN

On August 15th, Move Minneapolis and BikeMN teamed up for an educational group bike ride through downtown Minneapolis. The goal of this event was to guide individuals through downtown in a safe and comfortable group setting, letting them experience the different infrastructure and unique downtown circumstances (a red light at every block?) that one might encounter while biking in this area.

Thank you to those who rode with us, to the Commute Ambassadors who joined, to Sierra for providing ASL translation, and especially to BikeMN for their partnership and leadership on an awesome event.

Move Minneapolis Honored in Seattle

Move Minneapolis Outreach Specialist Catherine Windyk and the entire Move Minneapolis team were recognized with a pair of awards at the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Midwest Chapter meeting, part of ACT International, that took place in Seattle earlier this month.

Catherine received the ACT Midwest Chapter Member of the Year Award, and Move Minneapolis was named ACT Midwest Chapter Organizational Member of the Year.  

Thank you to ACT for this recognition!

Other Happenings

Open Streets Cedar-Riverside 

Visit the Move Minneapolis booth at Open Streets Cedar Riverside in front of the Cedar Cultural Center near the intersections of Riverside Ave and Cedar Ave.  


More than a street festival, Open Streets Cedar Riverside allows neighbors to experience city streets as public spaces where communities thrive. 


When: Sunday, August 20 · 11am - 5pm CDT 

Where: Cedar Ave from S 3rd St to S 6th St & Riverside Ave from Cedar Ave to S 19th Ave 

Rethinking I-94 Public Engagement Meetings

The high level project alternatives have been released for MnDOT's Rethinking I-94 project. This is a crucial point to provide your feedback as someone who navigates our transportation system outside of a personal vehicle. Take some time to review the alternatives alongside community campaigns such as Twin Cities Boulevard and provide your feedback

Public Meetings and Engagement Opportunities:

Wed, Aug. 23 

12 to 1 p.m. 

Register for the virtual meeting(External link) 

Wed, Aug. 23 

6 to 7 p.m.(External link) 

Register for the virtual meeting 


Thu, Aug. 24 

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St., Minneapolis 

Thu, Sept. 14 

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St. N., St. Paul 

Blue Line Extension Meeting

Join a quarterly meeting by the Blue Line Extension staff to provide project updates. Topics will include project status, schedule, anti-displacement efforts, impacts, and upcoming decision-making opportunities. Materials and project updates will be available for the whole route but will be focused on Minneapolis.

When: Wednesday, August 23 | 6:00 PM. – 8:00 PM 

Where: Capri Theater

2027 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

St. Anthony Park Group Bike Ride 

Join Move Minnesota for a fun group ride through Saint Anthony Park. Afterward, gather at Dual Citizen Brewing to socialize and talk about biking around

Saint Paul. 


When: Thursday, August 24, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM 

Where: Desnoyer Park – 525 Pelham Blvd, Saint Paul, MN, 55104 

Bike Walk Leadership Webinar 

Join BikeMN’s Bike Walk Leadership Network to share strategies and ideas to increase biking and walking in Minnesota. Webinars are held monthly to learn and participate in dialogue with community leaders statewide.


When: Wednesday September 20, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom 

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