Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Take the Commuter Challenge!

Grand Prizes:

$500 Visa Gift Card
Commuter Bicycle
4K DVD Player
Amazon Fire HD 8
$100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card

Try a sustainable mode of transportation. Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool once by the end of June.

Click here to participate.

Commuter Challenge Pledge

Bike to Work Week 2018!

Bike to Work Celebration

Thursday, June 21
4:30 - 6:30 PM at REI - Bloomington

GIVEAWAYS & REGISTER FOR PRIZES Attendees will receive a free bicycle headlight and tail light and can enter to win the grand prize giveaway, a Commuter Bicycle!
FREE BIKE CHECKS drive train, chain, brakes & tires
ICE CREAM TRUCK Free Ice Cream treat
FREE CLASS Then stay at REI for a Free Bike Maintenance Basics - Level I class from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
CLICK HERE to register for REI's Bike Maintence class

Bike to Work Class

Saturday, June 16
9:30 - 11:00 AM
EDINA COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM
5701 Normandale Road
(Park in Gold Lot, Enter Door 10)

•Taught by Doug Shidell, 35 year bicycle commuter and author of the Twin Cities Bike Map
• CLASS INCLUDES Route Planning, Riding in Traffic, Clothing, Gear, Safety and more
• GIVEAWAYS Attendees will receive a free bicycle headlight and tail light and can enter to win the grand prize giveaway, a Commuter Bicycle!
RSVP to Kate Meredith at kate@494corridor.org 952.405.9425

Bike to Work Day Bike Winner

Amazon Echo Plus Prize Winner!

Julie Meyer - U.S. Bank - Carpooling
Amazon Echo Plus

My Top 10 Reasons to Carpool:
10: I can wave to my co-workers who don’t carpool and are stopped in traffic
9: It makes the time go faster
8: It gets me out of work on time knowing that someone is waiting for me to leave
7: Saves gas as I only drive every other week
6: Get to work on time
5: Feel better riding/driving with someone during a snowstorm
4: Park closer at work in a carpool spot
3: Free carpool lane on 35W
2: Someone to talk to
1: I get to play games on my phone when it is my week to ride!

Monthly Prize Winner

May Commuter of the Month!

Martin Thomas - Cigna, Eden Prairie - Bicycle and Transit Rider

“Can I really depend on taking the bus and my bicycle to get me where I need to be, and, on time?” These were the two biggest questions I tossed around when I was considering going car-less. Rather than asking why I would do such a hair-brained thing, I asked myself why I wouldn’t. The more family members and friends posed questions, the more convinced I was that it made sense.

In December 2017 I decided to sell my car. My vehicle, insurance, maintenance, and fuel cost were about $600 a month, $7,200 per year. In the winter months, I take the bus to work. It gives me time to read the paper, write poetry, check my e-mail and listen to music. A monthly bus pass would cost me about $120/month, so I was $480 per month - $5,760 a year ahead by riding the bus!

During the warm weather months (late April – October), I commute by bike daily, about 12 miles each way. It takes me just under an hour but that time is also my workout time; I’m getting in two aerobic sessions a day with my commute to work and back home. My company offices in a multi-tenant building and both my employer and the property manager provide amenities like bike racks, locker rooms and shower facilities in multiple locations, making it convenient and easy. I carry a pack back that comes in handy when I stop at the grocery store on the way home.

I am not philosophically opposed to cars but, they don’t work for me like they used to. I don’t need or want to own one.”

Commuter Image

2018 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Street Hopper 5 Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Choice of Amazon Echo or Google Home
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card
    March 7 deadline for Commuter Choice Award nominations
  • April - Commuter Challenge (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is Thursday, April 26
    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    National Bike to Work Week is May 14 - May 18. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 18 - 22
    Bike to Work Celebration at REI in Bloomington: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 21 with a bike maintenance class following
    Bike to Work Class: 9:30 to 11:00 am on Saturday, June 16
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 21
  • July - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • September - Promotions for Carpool to Work Month
    Open Streets at Penn Fest: Sunday, September 16, Noon to 5:00 pm
    Open Streets on 50th: Sunday, September 23, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • October - Carpool to Work Month
  • November - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • December - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode

**Additional events will be added throughout the year