As never before Minnesotans are contemplating their options for getting from Point A to Point B – whether it’s quick trips from home to work, child care, grocery store, park, friends, even church or the airport or hundreds of miles to college or the cabin. Everywhere traffic snarls, detours and potholes fray nerves as earth movers do what they do best, i.e. move the earth.
Change is creeping in:
Lumbering busses are hauling execs who never miss a keystroke on their laptop.
NiceRide green bikes are everywhere carrying cyclists down increasing miles of bike paths.
Walkers, without or without the family hound, enjoy their neighborhood and their neighbors as they clutch their recyclable shopping bag and quash memories of icy sidewalks and snowdrifts that conjure thoughts of Alpine adventures.
Metro Transit’s Hiawatha Line is booming while the merchants on University Avenue gird their loins for the inter-city LRS line.
Traffic snarls as drivers anticipate the possible relief those bus lanes may bring.
Coach busses reminiscent of an earlier day are the rage with college students.
Keeping an eye on all of this is Transit for Livable Communities, the grassroots nonprofit organization that advocates for Minnesotans from a research base that inspires the trust of decision-makers and the general public. Find research reports and more on the TLC website or call TLC at 651 767 0298 x130.
Better yet, learn about TLC and your fellow travelers at Moving Minnesota Forward. It’s Sunday, August 22, 2010, Noon-2:00 p.m. at the Minnehaha Park Pavilion. You will have a chance to meet and congratulate Barb Thoman, recently named Executive Director of TLC. Other speakers include Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, State Representative Mike Obermueller, and members of Transit for Livable Communities.
You’ll have a chance to learn and to enjoy the beauties of Minnehaha Park along with snacks, games, meet neighbors who share your adventures with alternative modes of transit and your commitment to making wise choices that address the needs of all Minnesotans.