Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

August Prize Drawing

Fitbit Charge 2

Each month we will be having a prize drawing for those who try an alternative mode of transportation. Replace a drive alone trip and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

Monthly Pledge

Commuter of the Month!

Tanya Snyder - HID Global, Eden Prairie - Bicycle Commuter

“Several years ago, Commuter Services held a commuter fair at my company, HID Global, and it got me thinking about alternative ways of commuting from my house in Edina to my work location in Eden Prairie. Since my commute is not very far, biking seemed like a good choice. My company has indoor bike parking, as well as locker rooms and showers, and Commuter Services provided me with information about possible biking routes and gear that would be helpful.

Since that time, I went from scratching my head about how I’d manage everything I needed to bring, to having a convenient routine down, and biking 3-4 times per week. I even got studded tires for my bike so I am able to ride in the winter. On days when I’m not able to ride in, I really miss it! I love that when I get to my office, I have already gotten a little workout in, and there will be more to come in the evening.

I have 2 teenage drivers in my family, so not tying up a car for the entire day is another plus. And I feel good about reducing my contribution to environmental issues that we all face. I have several different routes I can take; a 15 minute ride along busier roads for when I am running on a tight schedule, a 25 minute one along quieter roads (my most frequent route), and recently, when time allows, I take the newly opened 9 mile creek trail west and connect with trails in Bryant Lake Park. This takes me an hour, but it provides some really nice scenery, and is mostly on bike trails, which is great. I try to do this longer ride at least once a week.”

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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

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. Prize: Amazon Echo Show
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Fitbit Charge 2
  • 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