In this edition...

  • Happy Earth Day!
  • Transportation Behavior Change Webinar
  • Scooter and Bike-Share Season is Back
  • 30 Days of Biking Updates
  • Open Streets Routes Announced
  • May is Bike Month
  • mspWellness Champions Program
  • Blue Line Extension Route Announced
  • Move Minneapolis Spring Office Hours
Choose Sustainable Transportation to Celebrate Earth Day! 

Many people think of community clean up events as a traditional way to celebrate and participate in Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd). Did you know that your travel mode can be another way to honor Earth Day? Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and by carpooling, biking, walking, rolling, scooting, and taking transit, you can reduce your impact on the environment on Earth Day and every day. Make this Earth Day special by trying a new mode or a combination of sustainable transportation options.

Check out the future of sustainable transportation by taking a free ride on one of Metro Transit’s electric buses - they’ll be running up and down Nicollet Mall from 10am to 2pm on April 22nd. Try biking or walking to other Earth Day events, such as the North Loop Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd

In Case You Missed It: Transportation Behavior Change Webinar
Did you miss our latest webinar on habits, mode choice, and transportation behavior change? Watch a replay here to learn about the science of habit formation, the importance of timing to behavior change, and how scientific principles can be used to encourage shifts to sustainable transportation.

Featuring behavioral transportation expert Jessica Roberts of Alta Planning + Design, with an introduction by Maria Wardoku, Senior Planner at Alta Planning + Design’s Minneapolis office. Many thanks to Jessica and Maria for providing their expertise!
Scooter and Bike-Share Season is Back 

As a sure sign of spring, shared rental bikes and scooters returned to Minneapolis this week. The City of Minneapolis signed a new contract for the year with Lyft, Lime and Spin to provide scooters, and Nice Ride, operated by Lyft, returns with their fleet of classic green bikes and e-bikes. The scooter and bike-share programs have been popular but needed some updates. The 2022 contract includes new rules to enhance accessibility and equity.

Affordability programs are a requirement by the operators as well as clearly defined parking locations, such as bike racks, docking stations and on-street parking corrals. Scooters cannot be driven on sidewalks, must be parked upright and locked to signposts or bike racks, and be kept clear of pedestrian right of ways.

Operators are required to provide educational programs for safe riding and proper parking behavior. Scooters and bicyclists, in turn, must follow state traffic laws. With a renewed focus on equity and safety, at least 30% of each operator's scooters are to be located within "equity distribution areas" in North and South Minneapolis. Meanwhile, no more than 40% of the scooters can be in downtown Minneapolis and downtown neighborhoods.

Look for new scooter options and more e-bike availability throughout Minneapolis. For multi-modal transportation options, look for operators at the 30 mobility hub locations in Minneapolis that connect transit and car-share with scooter and bike-share.
30 Days of Biking Updates
Joyful riders are on day 21 of 30 Days of Biking! The community campaign has returned with momentum behind cooperatively taking on April’s unexpected conditions. A movement that started locally and spread joy to a global scale, every year riders pledge to get their butt on a bike every day of April. Back in person, hundreds of bikes in all shapes joined a slow roll to and from Graze Provisions + Libations on April 1st.
If you missed the kickoff ride, you still have opportunities to join the fun (even if you didn’t ride every day). On April 30th, get a free donut from BikeMN at Sarah Jane’s Bakery when you show up on bike. On May 1st, join the celebration ride in collaboration with The Get Down Coffee Company at the North Loop Playground. Continue the celebration past April with Sociable Cider Werks on May 2nd. If you’re interested in living vicariously, watch the hashtags #30DaysOfBiking or #30DOB when you follow @30daysofbiking!
Open Streets Routes Announced But Not Funded
Five Open Streets events have been announced for the summer ahead in Minneapolis! Our Streets has collaborated with the City of Minneapolis to bring our city along the global movement to make streets places that put people first. At Open Streets events, which are some of the city's largest, you can expect to enjoy a safe street that is closed to cars. Each route has local vendors, organizations, artists, and more. Last year, you might have seen the Move Minneapolis team registering guests for Nice Ride For All.

Come tell us about your multimodal commute when you see us this year!

2022 Routes

Lyndale – June 5th

Franklin – June 10th

East Lake – August 13th

West Broadway – September 10th

Minnehaha – October 1st

Despite the popularity reaching a peak attendance of 103,500, Our Streets Minneapolis has organized a decade of Open Streets events with $0 cost compensation from the City of Minneapolis. In 2022, the City of Minneapolis is proposing the creation of a new contract that seeks a contractor to organize future Open Streets Minneapolis events, again without compensation. Lack of monetary support creates equity barriers through the necessity of participation costs and limiting the event to well-resourced corridors. In pursuit of funding, 11 organizations signed-on to request budget amendments to fund Open Streets this year and into the future. Especially after Public Works delayed an expected April 14th funding decision, now is a crucial time for decision makers to hear the value of Open Streets events that are fully accessible and equitable to all.
 May is Bike Month!
May is big for biking: it’s National Bike Month! Promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast, National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. 
Included in the festivities: 
If April’s 30 Days of Biking wasn’t enough for you, or has you wanting to keep the momentum going, join the Love to Ride Bike Month Challenge! Gather your friends, family, neighbors or co-workers to form a team of up to 10 riders and ride your way to the top of the leaderboards. There’s fun to be had and loads of prizes to be won!  
In 2022, Bike to Work Week is May 16-22, culminating with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Start planning now!  
  • Chat with co-workers and friends who bike commute for tips, tricks, and potentially a ride-day buddy. There’s no better way to start your day than a bike ride to work with a friend! 
  • Take a test ride to the workplace on a day off to: 
  • get comfortable and familiar with your route 
  • determine how much time it will take 
  • explore what gear may be helpful – a backpack, a change of clothes, a bike rack with panniers, etc. 
  • Explore using Nice Ride for your commute and watch the Move Minneapolis webinar about Nice Ride from April 2021 that has some great info still relevant today 
  • For a comprehensive introduction to bike commuting, check out this great webinar from Commuter Services 
  • Check out videos and tip sheets from the League of American Bicyclists to learn more about getting started 
  • Contact Move Minneapolis for personalized route planning, tips, and encouragement: 
mspWellness Champions Program Information Session
Workplace wellness programs contribute to a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce. The public health departments from Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis Public Health, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the Minneapolis Department of Health and their partners have created the mspWellness champion designation to recognize and celebrate organizations who work to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees and communities.
Organizations that create, implement, and promote wellness programs as part of their organizational culture will be recognized through this program as mspWellness Champions.

Submissions are accepted at any time throughout the year. Organizations that qualify for designation prior to June 15 of each year will be featured at the annual event. Qualifying worksites have a physical location in the state of Minnesota and have a minimum of 10 employees located in the state.

There will be a virtual mspWellness Champion Program Information session held on May 4, 2022. Click here to register.
Blue Line Extension Route Announced
Move Minneapolis Spring Office Hours

Have questions about your carpool registration? Want to find the best way to commute sustainably to work? Looking for a direct and safe bike route into downtown? Move Minneapolis is there to help you find an easier, faster, more economical, and cleaner way to commute.

The Move Minneapolis in-person office hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, or by appointment. Our hybrid hours provide service 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The Move staff stays in close contact working in the office or from home. What can we do for you?

Move Minneapolis offices with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber in the Young Quinlan Building at 81 South 9th Street, Suite 200 (Skyway level), Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Move Minneapolis is a 501c4 nonprofit that promotes sustainable transportation.

Support is provided by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Minneapolis, MnDOT, Hennepin County, and the downtown community.