September 15, 2023

In this edition

  • Have You Taken the Car-Free MSP Pledge?
  • Win an E-Bike and Other Prizes
  • 9/22 World Car-Free Day Celebration
  • Group Bike Ride with Joyful Riders on 9/22
  • Save the Date: 2023 Transportation Summit
  • Other Happenings

Have You Taken the Car-Free MSP Pledge Yet?

Small changes do make a big difference!  

The 2023 Car-Free MSP pledge is pretty simple: replace one trip that you normally take by car and try another transportation option. It could be going to work or school. Maybe it’s a shopping errand or to the park. The trip is up to you – any length, any destination. Share what that trip is and how you are going to get there.  

The pledge is a fun way to help educate and encourage transportation behavior change. Move Minneapolis can provide resources to make that first bus trip easy, help you learn how to use scooter-share, or discover a safe biking route to work. As an added incentive, all pledges are entered into a drawing for an e-bike and other fabulous prizes.   

So far, over 600 people have pledged! Check out the ways people are getting around using sustainable transportation and where they’re going (can include more than one option): 

  • 52% will go shopping 
  • 50% will go to work 
  • 12% will go to school 
  • 10% will go to a park 

Other car-free destinations people have listed: MN State Fair, Saints game, church, synagogue, breweries, bike camping, volunteer work, downtown nightlife, Allianz Field for a United game 

The car replacement trip will involve (can include more than one option): 

  • 40% by bike 
  • 39% by bus 
  • 37% by walking 
  • 18% by light rail 
  • 12% by carpool 
  • 11% by telework 
  • 1% by vanpool 

Other car-free options people have listed: Evie car-share, Northstar commuter rail, running, scooters, and skateboarding

Pledging is open until midnight, September 30th.

Haven’t made the pledge yet? Why wait? Pledge today!

Have questions about catching the bus or train, how to use shared e-bikes and scooters, what to wear when biking, or setting up a carpool? Contact Move Minneapolis for customized assistance:

Want an E-Bike?

Pledge Today!

One of the fun perks ofpledgingto take one car-free trip in September is the chance to win one of our amazing prizes for participants. You could win a Jamis Hudson E2 e-bike, a gift basket with items to make getting around sustainably easier, or a rechargeable set of bike lights! 


If you want to check out the e-bike grand prize or get your own bike ready for the pledge, you can stop by the Hub Bike Co-op in South Minneapolis to see the prized bike on display. 


Prizes will be awarded in October by the Car-Free MSP team!

Prizes & Rules

World Car-Free Day Celebration

is 7 Days Away

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 every year on September 22nd in 1,500 cities and more than 40 countries around the globe. Move Minneapolis has hosted a World Car-Free Day event since 2016.  

What better place to celebrate than a park – in this case, Wabun Picnic Area on the eastern side of Minnehaha Park, close to the Mississippi River bluffs overlooking the Ford Dam. This family friendly event will feature games, food, beverages, free scooter and e-bike demos, a number of transportation organizations, cool swag, and more!  

When: Friday, September 22nd 5-7pm 

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

Getting There

  • Via METRO A Line to the S. 46th Ave station, walk 2 blocks south to Wabun Picnic Area
  • Via Route 23C southbound to the Vets Home stop at the end of S. 46th Avenue
  • Via Blue Line Light Rail exit at 50th Street Station, walk about 15 minutes East across the bridge towards Veterans Home, Shelter A is just North of the Home
  • Via bike: West River Parkway, East River Parkway (cross the Ford Pkwy Bridge), Minnehaha LRT Trail, Godfrey Parkway

Bike racks are available at the Wabun Picnic area. Free car parking near the picnic shelter is available for carpoolers.

Joyful Ride to the Car-Free Celebration

Looking for a fun, social way to get to the Car-Free MSP celebration on 9/22? Join the Joyful Riders MSP for a 7-mile social ride along the west side of the Mississippi River! On Friday, Sept. 22nd, meet at Graze Provisions + Libations at 4:30 p.m., the ride kicks off at 5 p.m. The pace will around 8–10 mph, a speed that keeps everyone together.

The group ride ends up at the Car-Free MSP celebration at Wabun Picnic Shelter A.

After the festivities end at 7 p.m., the group ride heads back to Graze in downtown Minneapolis. Make sure to bring lights for the trip home, as the sun sets before 8 p.m.  

Get Your Car-Free MSP Ride Deals

Scoot with a Car-Free MSP discount! Sign up for SPIN and receive a $5 credit. Use promo code "CARFREEDAY". New users only.

VEO offers a Car-Free MSP scooter or ebike-share deal. Receive a $5 credit with VEO. Use promo code "CARFREE".

Metro Transit Pass

Hop on a bus or LRT between 6 a.m. and midnight on Friday, September 22nd, 2023 with a FREE Ride Pass from Metro Transit.

Download Your Free Ride Pass for 9/22

Save the Date:

2023 Transportation Summit

Other Happenings

Open Streets West Broadway 

Visit the Move Minneapolis booth at Open Streets West Broadway this Saturday in front of the Capri Theater near the intersections of Logan Ave and West Broadway.  


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


When: Saturday, September 16 · 11am - 5pm CDT 

Where: West Broadway Avenue and Lyndale Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55411

Download a free Metro Transit pass to Open Streets

Dedicated Right-of-Way, Transit Ridership, and Carbon Emissions Webinar 

Join The Center for Transportation Studies at this free webinar for an overview of the Transit Impacts Research Program (TIRP) and its research. Launched in 2006, TIRP studies the contributions of transit to mobility, economic development and job access, equity and opportunity, well-being and safety, and sustainability. 


When: Tuesday October 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom 

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. Topics are timely and relevant to what’s resonating within active transportation across the state. Someone might have just the idea to spark action within your community! 


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

Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom 

Green Line Extension Construction Tour 

Sign up for the final round of 2023 Green Line Extension LRT Project construction walking and bike tours, guided by project staff. Put on a hardhat and experience the construction sites close-up. The project is currently over 75% complete with much of the infrastructure in place. 

Click here to register! 

Construction Walking Tours: 

  • Shady Oak Station Area and Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge (Hopkins/Minnetonka), Tuesday, September 19, 10:00-11:30 AM 
  • Wooddale Avenue Station (St. Louis Park), Friday, September 22, 10:00–11:30 AM 
  • Kenilworth LRT Tunnel and Cedar Lake Channel (Minneapolis), Monday, September 25, 2023, 5:30–7:00 PM 
  • Bryn Mawr Station Area (Minneapolis), Thursday, September 28, 12:30–2:00 PM 
  • Golden Triangle Station (Eden Prairie), Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM 
  • Shady Oak Station Area and Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge (Hopkins-Minnetonka), Saturday, September 30, 1:00–2:30 PM 

Minneapolis Segment Bike Tour: 

  • Saturday, September 23, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM 

Participants will accompany project staff by bike to view LRT construction areas in the Minneapolis segment of the project. Participants must bring their own bikes. 

Hardhats and construction vests are provided. 

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