Park The Car September 22!
The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) region celebrates Car-Free MSP (inspired by World Car Free Day) on Tuesday, September 22, when our cars stay in the garage and for one glorious day, thousands of neighbors get moving on bikes or by foot, transit, or scooter.

The pandemic shifted reality as office workers switched to telework. Fully 66% of US employees are no longer commuting and it shows: in quieter streets, cleaner air, and a healthy surge of bicyclists and pedestrians. We’re saving money at the pump and at the parking ramp. Our bumper-to-bumper commutes disappeared.

Let’s show what’s possible on a bigger scale and live car-free for 24 hours on Tuesday, September 22

Car-Free MSP For Individuals: (Win an Electric Bike!)

Step 1: Register below and mark September 22 on your calendar. We’ll send you a reminder to leave your car at home on the big day.

Step 2: Respond to a brief survey on September 22 and be entered in a drawing to win a new City Commuter e-bike from Pedego.
Car-Free MSP For Employers:
Minneapolis employers can vie for the title “Best Car-Free Workplace” based on their employees’ participation on September 22. Promote the competition with your employees prior to the event. Then, send out a link to a brief survey on September 23. Sign up above!
Attend the Car-Free MSP Webinar Series. Catch up on carpooling, electric bikes, and telework at three webinars leading up to the big day.

  • Carpooling 101: Gonna Go My Way - Wed. Sept. 16, 12pm - 1pm More than 40% of carpoolers are from same households – spouses, roommates, and parents with children. Carpoolers enjoy free use of the MnPASS lane, preferred parking, and a free downtown transit pass – all for $20 per month!
  • E-Bikes: The Future of Mobility? - Thur. Sept. 17, 12pm - 1pm Electric bicycles may be the sustainable transportation solution we need. We'll investigate what the recent e-bike sales boom tells us about the future of mobility in cities, suburbs, towns and even rural communities. Join us for an electrifying discussion.
  • The Truth About Telework - Mon. Sept. 21, 12pm - 1pm COVID-19 has propelled a remote work revolution in offices in Minneapolis and across the world. How’s it going at your organization? We'll take an honest, humorous, critical look at what’s working and what’s not. Webinar participants get first crack at Move Minneapolis’s new telework guide, hot off the press.  
Webinar: Transit Service Updates, Safety
Measures and Commute Options
Twin Cities employers are invited to learn about important upcoming transit service changes and pandemic-related safety measures.

Thursday, September 3, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CDT

About this Event
Metro Transit Commuter Programs is hosting a virtual meeting to provide Twin Cities employers information and answer questions about transit service during the pandemic, upcoming changes to bus and rails schedules, and commute options to consider for return-to-work planning.
Topics will include:
  • Metro Transit's response to the pandemic
  • Service improvements coming September 12
  • Safety measures keeping riders and drivers healthy
  • Commute options available to employers and workers during these uncertain times
E-Bike Tour: Uphill Without Breaking A Sweat
Commute Ambassadors zooming up the pkwy
On July 30, the Move Minneapolis Commute Ambassadors had a delightful socially distanced bike ride to experience the joy and ease of electric bicycles. We cruised down car-free West River Parkway from Downtown Minneapolis on e-bikes provided by Pedego Twin Cities. E-bike popularity has soared this summer. This firsthand experience enhanced the sustainable transportation expertise of the Commute Ambassadors and will help them spread the word about this emerging mobility trend.

Movies have the Oscars, music has the Grammys, and Twin Cities transportation had until last month the Commuter Choice Awards. Move Minneapolis identified nine exemplary companies and organizations and wrote nominations recognizing their stellar commuter programs before the 2020 awards gala was cancelled due to COVID-19. Even though we can’t offer them trophy statues, Move Minneapolis is rolling out the red carpet for our nominees through an e-newsletter miniseries. Read on to learn how Minneapolis-based employers have made our region better and stronger through their sustainable transportation programs and policies. 
Soaring music please for our seventh nomination in the Employer category . . . Be The Match
Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, manages the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world, working every day to save lives through transplant. Approximately 1,000 employees are headquartered in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. With assistance from Move Minneapolis, facility management and human resources leaders refreshed the organization’s commuter benefits programming in support of safe, convenient and affordable new ways to get to work. Throughout 2019, Be The Match made policy and programmatic changes to commuter benefits and facilities practices to create a sustainable employee commute culture. As a result of revamped benefits, increased employee engagement, focused new hire onboarding and enhanced marketing efforts, Be The Match accomplished double digit increases in transit use, increasing Metropass ridership from 19% to 35% in only six months.

Our hats off to Be The Match for their impressive transit investments and ridership growth!

Up next, an organization that celebrates the outdoors and sustainable access to natural areas.
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