Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

February Prize Drawing!

Win a Fitbit.

Each month we have a prize drawing for those who try a sustainable mode of transportation. Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bike, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

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February Commuter of the Month!

Chris Kasic – Emerson, Eden Prairie – Winter Biking

“I’m not a regular winter cyclist but with the mild winter, I pushed my 18-mile round-trip commute to a few relatively balmy days. Then they announced the closure of 169, which is my regular car route to work. I could have found an alternate route, but I decided it was “put up or shut up” time. I am still not excited about sharing a road with drivers in the winter but there are so many excellent trails in the Twin Cities metro, and I resolved to make it work even if I had to add a few miles to my commute.

It’s not impossible. You learn to find small things you can do to improve each time. I’ve inspired a few people at the cycling club I started at Emerson. We are now more than 60 strong across our four locations in the Twin Cities, and a good handful commute all winter. We’ve totaled nearly 10,000 miles commuting collectively in 2016. We plan to get even more members on bikes throughout the summer by providing incentives to try biking, matching new members with mentors to identify good routes, hosting commuter breakfasts, and encouraging people to start small. You still won’t find me out there in a blizzard, or on a busy road, but I can tell you that with a bit of preparation, you can overcome the challenge of winter cycling. And when you arrive home faster (and certainly more fit) than if you had driven a car and got stuck in traffic, that’s the clincher.”

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December Prize Winner!

Nick Stark - Target Corporation
Winner of Bose Soundsport Headphones

“This past summer, I started biking to work. I was able to identify safe bike routes to downtown Minneapolis using materials I received from Commuter Services. As it got colder, I wanted to try different alternatives for my commute and have been carpooling, when I can. Carpooling with my team is especially valuable to have that extra time to collaborate and connect.”

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Facebook Prize Winner!

Angela Spores
Winner of an Amazon Echo Dot

“I love the fact we can use the carpool lanes. It makes the commute so much faster, especially during road construction.”

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2017 Events

  • January - Google Home Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    March 1 deadline for Commuter Choice Award nominations
  • April - Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is April 26
    Earth Day is Saturday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute
    National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 15
  • 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
  • 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