A 2018 study found that 23% of employees have left a job due a bad or stressful commute. How employees arrive to work can impact an organization’s health and wellness, sustainability goals, and financial bottom line. Car-Free MSP aims to create awareness and educate commuters about better options to driving alone and adding to traffic congestion.
Help empower your staff to get to work without automatically reaching for the car keys. They can switch travel modes by trying public transit or by biking, walking, rolling, or teleworking. Carpooling and carshare also count! Encourage your staff to participate Car-Free MSP in taking place on Thursday, September 22.
The region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs); Anoka County Commute Solutions, Commuter Services, Metro Transit, Move Minneapolis and Move Minnesota are teaming up to promote opportunities, resources, and events to go car-free and connect to the community.
Launched in Spain in 1996, World Car-Free Day is observed in 1,500 cities and more than 40 countries every year on September 22nd. In this spirit, Minneapolis employers and commuters have been celebrating Car-Free MSP since 2015.
Throughout September, partner organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region are promoting events and resources for individuals to learn about how to get around without a car and to experience car-free spaces in their communities.
Participants are encouraged to go completely car-free all day on Thursday, September 22, and join evening community celebrations to connect with other participants.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Take the Commuter Pledge
Encourage your staff to do a car-free commute to work any day from September 1st – September 22nd and be entered into a drawing to win prizes.
Share Car-Free Stories
Share entries on social media on replaced a car trip anywhere, anytime between now and September 22nd, and be eligible to win prizes, including a new Aventon e-bike from Erik’s and loaded Go To card passes from Metro Transit. Replaced trips can be to and from anywhere.
Individuals or employers who post their story to social media using #carfreemsp or by emailing it to [email protected] will be eligible to win prizes.
Community Events & Resources
Join community events that provide resources & recreational opportunities for people to experience car-free trips & spaces. Events will be held throughout the month and will culminate on September 22nd with a World Car Free Day celebration at Dual Citizen Brewing Company at 725 Raymond Ave, St Paul, from 5 – 7 pm hosted by Move Minneapolis and Move Minnesota.
Visit https://www.carfreemsp.com/ to learn more & to participate