Community Engagement

Everyone's Voice Deserves to be Heard

Move Minnesota is dedicated to on-the-ground organizing in the Twin Cities metro. We aim to speak with, not for, community–and to elevate voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard.

 

For us, that means engaging communities who have been historically left out of transportation planning–including youth, women, people with low incomes, communities of color, people with disabilities, and other Minnesotans who depend on transportation options every day.

Across all backgrounds, walking, bicycling, and using transit are incredible ways for us to connect with each other, be present in our community, and expand our relationships. Whether it’s a local listening session about walking, hosting a bicycle ride, or getting residents involved in the region’s next big transit project, we know we can do more when we’re authentically connected.

Key Initiatives

  • Riverview Corridor Outreach

    The Riverview Corridor connects downtown Saint Paul, the MSP Airport, Mall of America, and all the neighborhoods in between. The corridor is growing and evolving, with major population growth on the way. Former industrial sites are being converted into housing and mixed-use developments, new businesses are moving into the corridor and the demographics are changing.

    Transit improvements are critical not only to better serve current riders, but to keep pace with increased demand. Since 2015, we have been working to help residents voice their desire for high-quality transit improvements and to ensure this corridor gets the walking and bicycling connections residents need.

  • East Side Neighborhood Outreach

    Move Minnesota works with neighborhood residents to tackle transportation issues in their own communities. Through on-the-ground relationship building and local partnerships, we are currently focused on better connecting neighborhoods on Saint Paul’s East Side, including Eastview, Conway, Highwoods, and Battle Creek. Together, we find sustainable solutions to the barriers that disconnect East Siders from the resources and opportunities around them.

  • Slow Roll St. Paul

    Every summer, Move Minnesota partners with Cycles for Change and other community groups to organize Slow Roll community bike rides in Saint Paul’s Frogtown, Rondo, and East Side neighborhoods. With routes planned around cultural landmarks and ending with a shared meal catered by local restaurants, these rides bring residents together to comfortably explore and experience their neighborhoods by bike.

    Our easy-going evening rides connect hundreds of newcomers and long-time residents to each other and to the rich history and vibrant diversity of these neighborhoods. The emphasis on community draws in people who don’t think of themselves as bicyclists or bike advocates and helps center biking as a key part of a thriving community. Join the fun! Check our calendar for the next Slow Roll.

  • ZAP Twin Cities

    As the metro’s best-known bicycle commuting program, ZAP Twin Cities rewards and incentivizes biking by offering prizes, tracking rides, and building a community among people who bike. Bicycling changes our relationship to health and wellness, reduces environmental impacts, and reconnects us to our neighborhoods. Through ZAP Twin Cities, and over 50 ZAP Reader Stations around Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Move Minnesota is getting more people biking, more often!

    We are working to expand the ZAP Twin Cities community by partnering with businesses that want to support the vitality, energy, and active living opportunities around Minneapolis and Saint Paul. These financial partners power ZAP Twin Cities to grow the program, prizes, and the fun! Connect with us at zap@movemn.org to join ZAP Twin Cities as a bicyclist or an employer.

  • Connecting Communities Across I-94

    In partnership with Urban Farm & Garden Alliance, Move Minnesota is collaborating to host important dialogues around I-94 and what it represents to people, both literally and figuratively. Our joint project hosts activities for community stakeholders to spark conversations about the impact I-94 had and still has on the physical and emotional well-being of the Rondo community. The conversations will inform recommendations to the Metropolitan Council as they consider future improvements in the corridor.

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