Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

January Prize Drawing

Electric Snow Shovel

Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool once this month.

Click here to participate

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Carpool to Work Month Winner!

Prize: $500 Gas Gift Card

Jody Fries - works at Guy Carpenter, Edina

“My favorite thing about carpooling in the winter is that most of the time only one person has to get into a cold car! It’s also a great way to save money and make the drive more entertaining.”

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Commuter of the Month

Casey Sanders
UnitedHealth Group - Year-Round Bike Commuter

Commuter Services staff had the pleasure recently of meeting Casey Sanders at her workplace, UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka. Casey’s enthusiasm for her chosen commute was evident. We encourage you to take a moment to learn how she went from biking to work once to becoming a year-round bike commuter. It’s inspiring especially considering Casey was not a big fan of cold weather.

"I started biking to work in May of 2017 when Hwy. 169 was closed to rebuild the bridge, and many side streets were also under construction. Driving the five miles to work took an hour.

I heard that UnitedHealth Group offered a “Bike to Work” program that allowed commuters access to an assigned full-time locker, locker room, and showers. This gave me the push I needed. I went out and bought my first “adult” bike. I hadn’t biked since college. The first few times I rode to work I took everything I needed to get ready for the day. Once I knew it was what I wanted to do, I applied for the “Bike to Work” program and began bike commuting year-round. After a year of full-time biking my husband and I dropped down to one car and became a single vehicle household (I drove so rarely that it didn’t make sense to keep two). On the occasions when I do need access to a car during the work day, I take a Lyft or get a ride from a co-worker.

What I enjoy most about biking to work is that I get to start the day with some exercise and fresh air. Even on the days when I don’t sleep well or am under the weather, it always wakes me up and clears my head. At the end of the day, it’s a great way to wind down. It gives me time to process everything without interruption, and I can take different routes if I choose to create a new challenge or add in more distance to get more exercise.

Most people are surprised that I bike commute through the winter. One of the reasons for doing so was to change my mind about the cold. I thought spending more time outdoors would help me adjust to the cooler months. I’m going into my third winter of biking, and I love it! It’s hard, but worth it. The key to taking on the snow and ice is to have studded winter tires, a good set of lights, and plenty of hand warmers. It takes some fine tuning, but once you figure out what to wear at different temps, the cold really isn’t that bad.

Bike commuting has opened up many new adventures for me. I’ve been able to volunteer and bike for the Tour de Cure with the American Diabetes Association and ride for UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). There are many great local rides, groups, and opportunities to help the community that I encourage anyone still on the fence to gear up, clip in, and join your fellow enthusiasts!"

Commuter Services has several bike commuting resources including a Winter Bike Commuting Handbook and Clothing Recommendations that tells you what to wear in all temperatures and weather conditions. Complete our Commute Assistant form and we’ll send the resources to you.

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2019 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Electric Snow Shovel)
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    Heart Health Month
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • April - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    Commuter Challenge
    Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22
    Get on Board Day, Date TBD
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony Date TBD
    National Bike to Work Week is May 11 - May 17. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week Date TBD
    Bike to Work Celebration Date & Location TBD
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 18
  • July - Commuter Challenge
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • September - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    (Richfield) Open Streets at Penn Fest Date TBD
    World Car Free Day: Tuesday, September 22
    (Edina) Open Streets on 50th Date TBD
  • 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