Car-Free MSP Event Takes Place Sept. 21-23
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10:09

For the sixth year, Move Minneapolis celebrates World Car-Free Day - a day to imagine transportation without being dependent on the automobile. Move Minneapolis presents Car-Free MSP 2021 with three days of virtual and in-person events September 21 – 23. Learn more:  https//moveminneapolis.org/car-free-msp/.

After 8 Months, What’s New?
Today’s workforce does not have to go back to a stressful, congested, carbon-heavy, pre-pandemic mindset of drive-alone commuting. Move Minneapolis can help you and your workplace during Car-Free MSP…and beyond. We can help provide a little transportation coaching and offer some new commuting tools.
 
Celebrate Car-Free MSP, September 21 – 23
 
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST: Join us for a WEBINAR:  "(When You) Return To Downtown"
 
For the past 18 months the pandemic closed most downtown offices, employees teleworked from home. About one third of the workforce is now back at the office, more are returning on a staggered schedule this fall and winter. As much as COVID has had a devastating impact on us all, workers returning to the office will find some welcome improvements to their commutes. This webinar highlights the new programs and infrastructure that didn’t exist pre-pandemic. Improvements to make the “return to downtown” easier, faster, and more climate friendly. Join this lively discussion about new transportation options employers and employees will want to know about.
 
  • Metro Transit has discounted all rides Sept – Oct
  • Transit expanded service into the North Loop
  • The Orange Line (BRT) from Burnsville to downtown is set to launch in Dec
  • The Lake Street Transit Station opening just weeks from now
  • ABC Ramps Mobility Hub expanded its sustainable commuting options
  • New downtown off-street bike lanes cross downtown
  • A new Bike & Ride provides bicycle commuters with FREE secure park bike parking
 
WEBINAR Speakers:
  • Yumi Nagaoka, Outreach Coordinator, Metro Transit
  • Juan Rangel, Community Outreach Coordinator, Metro Transit
  • Michel Wong, Marketing Manager, ABC Ramps Mobility Hub
  • Tony Drollinger, Commuter Programs Specialist, Metro Transit 
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 11 am – 1 pm: Grand Opening of the Bike & Ride
 
Join us on Twins Plaza (next to the Kirby Puckett statue) for the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Bike & Ride secure bike facility in Ramp B. Ribbon cutting at noon. The Bike & Ride is free to use by bike commuters. Tour the facility, register for FREE access cards, and get a pair of Metro Transit bike socks! Visit Bike & Ride info
 
Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 am – 1 pm: Car-Free MSP on Nicollet Mall
 
Bike, bus, or carpool to Nicollet Mall for a full block devoted to easy, affordable, climate friendly transportation. Adjacent to the Thursday farmers market, we'll be between 7th and 8th streets and Nicollet Mall. 
 
  • Nice Ride/Lyft: Scooter & E-bike Rodeo – Test a Lyft Scooter / Nice Ride E-bike for a free ride on a course set up on Nicollet Mall
  • Transportation Exhibitors – Talk to the transit, bike commuting, and carpool experts, and collect some cool swag!
  • Free Bike Safety Checks – Bring your bike! Bike mechanics will provide FREE safety checks and bike adjustments
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On Saturday, September 18 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., the entrance ramp to I-35W northbound from Washington Avenue SE will be closed for road maintenance work. 

I-94 west will be closed between Highway 280 and 25th Avenue S beginning Wednesday, September 15 through Wednesday, October 6 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night, including weekends, for MnDOT repairs to the 25th Avenue bridge.  The Huron Boulevard I-94 west on-ramp will also be closed.

For the sixth year, Move Minneapolis celebrates World Car-Free Day - a day to imagine transportation without being dependent on the automobile. Move Minneapolis presents Car-Free MSP 2021 with three days of virtual and in-person events September 21 – 23. Learn more:  https://moveminneapolis.org/car-free-msp/

On Monday September 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., join a Bird Scooter event at the Superblock in the north meter parking lot (between Centennial and Territorial Halls). 

Attendees can try out scooters for free and win helmets.

On Wednesday, September 8, come see electric cars, an electric motorcycle, an electric bicycle, an electric lawnmower, a solar boat AND MORE. Meet owners. Ask questions. IDRIVE event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Coffman Union and Washington Avenue. Learn more:  z.umn.edu/idrive

University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) invites you to join us for our Annual Transportation Fair on Tuesday, September 7 - the first day of fall semester classes - in front of Coffman Union.

Thousands of students, faculty, and staff visit this event each year to ask questions about all modes of transportation: busing, biking, walking, carpooling and driving.  Learn more about:

  • Traveling to campus from the city or the suburbs
  • Getting around on campus
  • Exploring the Twin Cities
  • Going home to neighboring states

This is an excellent opportunity to talk to experts about specific transportation questions, concerns and opportunities.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Minneapolis East Bank Campus, Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza

We hope to see you at this year’s Transportation Fair!

MNDOT has announced two closures of I-35W entrance ramps.
- I-35W south entrance ramp from University Avenue SE will be closed from 7 p.m. Saturday, August 28 to 11 a.m. Sunday, August 29.
- I-35W north entrance ramp from Washington Avenue SE will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, August 28 to 5 a.m. Monday, August 30.
 
For a map of these roadway impacts and for additional road construction and traffic impacts, view the PTS Construction Impacts Map.
 

The Minnesota State Fair is Thursday, August 26 - Monday, September 6. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. We've compiled a guide to help you navigate parking and transportation during this time. Visit our PTS State Fair Page for details.

Welcome Week kicks off the introduction to the U for new freshmen coming to campus.  For 2021, to help move everyone around, Campus Connector buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

In preparation for the August 2 return to work date, Parking & Transportation Services is announcing key dates and changes for its parking contract holders.