Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Commuter Challenge 2015

Find a New Way!

Between now and June 30, challenge yourself to try a new way! Take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, telework or walk instead of driving alone to work or school.
Grand Prizes:
Apple Watch, Fitbit, Commuter Bicycle and $500 Visa Gift Card

Click here to participate.

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Free Bike to Work Week Celebrations!

2 Chances to Celebrate!

Edina
Wednesday, June 17 • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Arneson Acres Park

4711 W. 70th St. Edina

  • • FREE BIKE CHECKS provided by Varsity Bike and Transit
       includes drive train, chain, brakes & tires
       Test rides Try an electric bike or cargo bike
  • • FOOD TRUCK FREE food from the Get Sauced! Food
       Truck for the first 150 people
       RSVP required
  • • BIKE CLASS FREE bicycle commuting 101 class
       5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

RSVP to Melissa Madison at: melissa@494corridor.org

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Another Chance to Celebrate!

BLOOMINGTON
Thursday, June 18 • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at REI

494 & Lyndale, Bloomington

  • • FREE BIKE CHECKS provided by REI
       includes drive train, chain, brakes & tires
  • • FREE SNACKS & GIVAWAYS

Commuter Choice Awards Event Winners!

Winning Organization: Minnesota Life College

Commuter Services wishes to congratulate the winning organization of the 2015 Commuter Choice Award: Minnesota Life College!

Minnesota Life College has been helping people on the autism spectrum and with learning differences for almost 20 years develop the skills they can apply to their professional and personal lives. Transportation is an invaluable aspect of freedom and self-sufficiency for their students. Part of their training includes extensive experience navigating the regional transit system and accessing other sustainable transportation options.

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Winning Employer: Bar Engineering Company

Commuter Services wishes to congratulate the winning employer of the 2015 Commuter Choice Award: Barr Engineering Company

Barr created their own version of the Commuter Challenge that encourages employees to change their commute behavior by creating teams and a little friendly competition. All employees also have access to commuting resources and even incentives to try a new way of commuting. Barr Engineering Co. supports sustainable commuting year-round through its interoffice ride board, carpool registration, biweekly bagel breakfasts for bicycle commuters during the cycling season and showering facilities for active commuters.

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Honorable Mention: Individual

Commuter Services would like to recognize Yasmin Abdi, who received an Honorable Mention at the Commuter Choice Awards last week. Yasmin enrolled in the Metropass program as soon as her employer, Fraser, joined in 2014. Beyond her work commute, she regularly uses her monthly transit pass to travel to client appointments around the Twin Cities. Abdi uses public transportation because it aligns with her values, specifically consumption reduction. Way to go, Yasmin!

March Prize Drawing Winner

Dawn Bobick - Medica, Minnetonka
$100 Visa Gift Card Winner

“I both work from home and carpool to work. When the weather is bad I can sit at my computer and start working right away instead of wasting valuable time sitting in traffic. I carpool to the office every day. Having someone to visit with has made the hour commute less stressful. Most days, the hour goes by pretty quickly!”

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2015 Events

  • January - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of January
  • February - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of February
  • March - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of March
  • April - Commuter Choice Awards Event is April 8
    Earth Day is April 22
    State of the Commute Employer Luncheon is April 28
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    Pedal MN Bike Conference is May 4-5
    National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15, with Bike to Work Day on May 15.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 15-19.
    Bike to Work Week Celebrations are June 17 and 18 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Click here for details.
    National Dump the Pump Day is June 18
  • July - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of July
  • August - Switch My Trip
  • September - Switch My Trip
    Richfield’s Open Streets at Penn Fest event is September 20 from 12–4 p.m.
    World Car Free Day is September 22
    Edina’s Open Streets event is September 27 from 1–5 p.m.
  • October - Carpool to Work Month
    - Switch My Trip
  • November - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of November
    Twin Cities Telework Week is November 16-20.
  • December - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of December

**Additional events will be added throughout the year