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Transportation Headlines Spring 2014 KickIt! Code Word = informed

Ride Metro Transit for Free August 29-31!

Road Work on Pillsbury Drive Starts August 18

Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September

Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 20

Campus Affected By State Fair; Commonwealth Gate Closed This Year

Block of Essex Street Moves Onto Temporary Road Starting August 7

Hennepin Avenue Exit Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 12–26

I-35W in Minneapolis/Richfield Closing Two Weekends In Aug/Sept

State Fairgrounds Area Closed To Through Bike Traffic Starting Aug 4

University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 6–27

Pleasant St SE Closed From Washington Ave to Arlington St Starting Aug 4

ACC Construction Projects Affect Area Around Oak Street Ramp

Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3

PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App

Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U

New Bus Pass For Campus Stops on Green Line Coming in August

4th St Ramp Motorcycle/Official Vehicle Parking Closed This Summer

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service

Give PTS Your Feedback on Proposed Campus Shuttle Routes

Sidewalk Closed Near Kolthoff Hall

 

Ride Metro Transit for Free August 29-31!
Posted: 08/18/14

Never taken the bus before? New to the Twin Cities? Give Metro Transit a try.

All U of M students can ride Metro Transit buses and light rail for free starting at 6pm on Friday, Aug. 29 until the last scheduled trip on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Just show your U Card when you board and take a seat. Go from campus to downtown, Mall of America, Uptown – pretty much anywhere you need to be. Plan your trip online or call 612-373-3333 to find your route.

Once you see how easy it is, head over to buspass.umn.edu to order your U-Pass and keep riding. It’s just $97 for unlimited rides all semester long!

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Road Work on Pillsbury Drive Starts August 18
Posted 8/15/14

Starting on Monday, August 18, Pillsbury Drive SE between Pleasant Street and East River Road will be over-layed.  NO on-street parking will be allowed during this work.

Entrance access to Child Development and parking lots C47/48 will be available ONLY from East River Road ONLY during this work, and short delays are possible. 

The work is expected to be completed by midweek.  When parking is available again, all signs and barricades will be removed. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September
Posted 8/14/14

Motorists traveling eastbound on 4th Street South in downtown Minneapolis will encounter a detour at Park Avenue beginning Aug. 14, weather permitting.

Crews will close 4th Street South between the southbound Interstate 35W/eastbound Highway 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue through late September. The ramp to southbound I-35W and eastbound Highway 55 will remain open during the closure.

Traffic on 4th Street South will be detoured to northbound Park Avenue, eastbound Washington Avenue and southbound Cedar Avenue.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 20

The 3rd Street flyover ramp from northbound I-35W will close Wednesday, August 20 through Wednesday, September 10.

Motorists intending to access westbound 3rd Street from northbound I-35W will be detoured to westbound Washington Avenue and southbound Chicago Avenue.

The closures are needed while crews reconstruct 4th Street South and add turn lanes for a new northbound I-35W entrance ramp.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Campus Affected By State Fair; Commonwealth Gate Closed This Year
Posted 8/12/14

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 21 and runs through Monday, September 1.

New this year, the only way to access the fair on foot from University property is at the Buford and Randall Avenue entrance.

The Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate will be CLOSED to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic during the State Fair (this is different from previous years).

Traffic around campus will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. BE SURE TO CARRY YOUR U CARD. You will need it to receive the lower University rate at public parking facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Learn more about Gopher football Thursday during the fair, contract reciprocal parking changes, public parking details, campus shuttle schedules and more.

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Block of Essex Street Moves Onto Temporary Road Starting August 7
Posted 8/6/14

Beginning on Thursday, August 7 at 7 a.m., one-way traffic on Essex Street SE, between SE Oak Street and Ontario Street SE, will be diverted slightly north onto the temporary asphalt road.  

This traffic shift will be in place for an extended duration; an exact end date is unknown at this time.  Please use caution when driving through this area.

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Hennepin Avenue Exit Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 12–26
Posted 8/6/14

Motorists will not be able to exit northbound Interstate 35W at Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis Aug. 12–26, weather permitting.

The Hennepin Avenue exit ramp from northbound I-35W will close as crews continue constructing a new northbound auxiliary lane on I-35W from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit.

Motorists intending to exit northbound I-35W at Hennepin Avenue will be detoured northbound to the Johnson Street exit and southbound on Stinson Boulevard.

This is the second of three I-35W ramp closures planned through September. The University Avenue/4th Street entrance ramp to northbound I-35W is closing Aug. 6 at midnight through Aug. 27, weather permitting.

The 3rd Street flyover ramp from northbound I-35W also will close for 21 days. A closure date for the ramp will be announced when it is determined.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-35W in Minneapolis/Richfield Closing Two Weekends In Aug/Sept
Posted 8/6/14 --
Updated -- August closure will begin at 5 a.m. on August 9 (not midnight on August 8)
*** Updated 8/20/14 -- the Sept. 5-8 closure has been pushed back until the weekend of Sept. 20 due to conflicts.

Two weekend road closures will impact motorists who travel through Minneapolis and Richfield on Interstate 35W.

Southbound I-35W in Minneapolis Closes Aug. 9–11

Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis will encounter a detour Aug. 9–11, weather permitting.

Southbound I-35W from Highway 55 to 46th Street in Minneapolis will close Saturday, Aug. 9 at 5 a.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11

The closure is needed while crews survey I-35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for summer 2017.

Southbound I-35W traffic will be detoured to westbound I-94, westbound I-394, southbound Highway 100 and eastbound Highway 62. Motorists intending to access southbound I-35W from westbound I-94 or the 4th Avenue/12th Street ramps in downtown Minneapolis will follow the same detour.

Motorists intending to access southbound I-35W from eastbound I-94 will be detoured to eastbound Highway 55 and westbound Highway 62.

For a full list of southbound I-35W detours and additional ramp closures, visit www.mndot.gov/i35wclosure/.

Northbound I-35W Closes Sept 5–8

Northbound I-35W from 66th Street in Richfield to I-94 in Minneapolis will close Sept. 5–8 as crews continue survey work on the other side of the freeway. 

A full list of northbound I-35W ramp closures and detours will be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the survey work, crews will drill and take soil samples, inspect bridges and perform any needed repairs during each closure.

MnDOT is closing I-35W for two weekends to reduce the number of days needed to perform the work. The closures also will provide a safer work environment for survey and maintenance crews, as stretches of the I-35W work area have limited to no shoulder space.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For more information on the I-35W closures, visit www.mndot.gov/i35wclosure/.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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State Fairgrounds Area Closed To Through Bike Traffic Starting Aug 4
Posted 8/5/14

Starting Monday, August 4, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds is closed to through bike traffic.

The Transitway between Como and Commonwealth Avenues will remain open to access the St. Paul campus until Saturday, August 16 (at which time that area will also close until Tuesday, September 2, due to the State Fair).

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University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 6–27
Posted 8/4/14

Motorists will not be able to access northbound Interstate 35W from University Avenue or 4th Street Southeast in Minneapolis Aug. 6–27, weather permitting.

The University Avenue/4th Street ramp to northbound I-35W will close as crews continue constructing a new northbound auxiliary lane on I-35W from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit.

Motorists intending to access northbound I-35W from the ramp will be detoured to:

The University Avenue/4th Street ramp will temporarily reopen Aug. 8 and Aug. 16 during the late evening hours to accommodate event traffic.

There will be two additional I-35W ramp closures scheduled through September:

Dates for these ramp closures will be announced when they are determined.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Pleasant St SE Closed From Washington Ave to Arlington St Starting Aug 4
Posted 8/4/14

The City of Minneapolis will pave/resurface Pleasant Street SE from Washington Avenue SE north to just south of Arlington Street.

This project will use a mill and overlay process. Workers remove a portion of the existing asphalt pavement surface and place a new surface over the entire street. The purpose is to extend the life of the roadway by approximately 10 years.

The project is expected to take about two weeks.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street Re-surfacing Project.

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ACC Construction Projects Affect Area Around Oak Street Ramp
Posted 7/23/14

Please be aware of the following construction activities around the Oak Street Ramp. These efforts are tied to the building of the new Ambulatory Care Clinic.

*** Fulton Street Eastbound Closure July 24 – August 1
- Thursday, July 24 until Friday, August 1 – Fulton Street will be restricted to a single lane westbound from 7 am until 3 pm (detour will be via East River Road).
- After 3 pm, Fulton will re-open to two-way traffic.

*** Ontario and Essex Intersection Closed Friday, July 25 - Monday, July 28
- On Friday morning (7/25), this intersection will be open; cars can enter Oak Street Ramp normally through the Ontario Street entrance.
- During the day on Friday, Essex Street will be a single lane and Ontario Street will remain open. 
- Around 6 pm on Friday, Ontario Street will close from Fulton to Essex Street.  The detour will be via Oak Street and Essex Street. 
- Ontario Street will re-open on Monday, July 28 at 5 am.

*** Essex Street Restricted To Single Lane
- The block of Essex Street from Ontario to Erie Streets will be a single lane, starting Friday, July 25 until Friday, October 31.

*** Oak Street Ramp / Essex Street Temporary Road From Oak To Ontario (August 2 - October 31)
- A temporary road lane will be as south as possible to allow for maximum turn radius from the east-most exit lane of Oak Street Ramp to the north-most temporary traffic lane.
- A fence will be between the road lanes and a temporary five-foot sidewalk.

See campus map.

As with all construction projects, delays may occur due to weather.

If you have any questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services customer service at 612-626-PARK.

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3
Posted 7/23/14

Starting on Sunday, August 3, University parking meters will be enforced on all Sundays – this change makes parking costs on Sunday the same as weekdays. 

Stickers have been updated and applied on parking meters.  The equipment now states that meters will be enforced daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

For most University holidays, meter parking will remain free unless there is a large special event on campus.  If that happens, meters within several blocks of the venue will charge. 

Always read the programmed message on each meter for specific instructions.

University meters are marked in yellow on PTS campus maps:
East Bank
West Bank
St. Paul

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PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App
Posted 7/11/14

ParkMe is an online app that helps users locate the nearest and cheapest parking spots available.

PTS will be testing out the real-time availability feature for the Saturday, July 12 concert at TCF Bank Stadium.

See more at the ParkMe website.

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Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U
Posted 7/9/14

This fall, the Minnesota Vikings will play football inside TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is built.

With more than 50,000 fans expected, the campus will be filled with excitement. Planning ahead offers the best campus travel experience possible. 

Options include the METRO Green Line Light Rail, Park ’n’ Rides and online pre-paid parking.

Learn more about parking & transportation for Vikings games at z.umn.edu/vikings

 

A FEW PARKING TIPS

1- Arrive early and stay late! Parking facilities open 6 hours before the start of game, but not before 7 am and close four hours after the game, or at midnight, whichever is earlier.
2- Park on the St. Paul campus! It is a great option for anyone living on the east side of the Cities.  Free football shuttles run from Lot S 108 (near the State Fairgrounds) right to the stadium (note: due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August games - a different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium).

BUY PRE-PAID PARKING

For ease and convenience, buy your season parking pass online. Single game parking passes will be available online later in August – see the Website for details.

z.umn.edu/vikings

DAY-OF –GAME PARKING (Single Game)

Single game parking (CASH ONLY) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Options include:
- 4th St. Ramp – East Bank, 1625 4th St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)
- Oak St. Ramp – East Bank, 401 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)
- East River Road Garage – East Bank, 391 East River Parkway, Minneapolis – $10 (no tailgating)
- State Fairgrounds Lot S108 *– St. Paul campus, 1440 Randall Ave., St. Paul – $20 (tailgating)
*note that due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August 8 and 16 pre-season games. A different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium.

Find out more about tailgating rules, alternative transportation options and more.

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New Bus Pass For Campus Stops on Green Line Coming in August
Posted 6/18/14

A new bus pass is anticipated to be available for University students, faculty and staff who do not have a U-Pass or Metropass. This new pass will allow University community members to ride the three on-campus light rail stops for free, beginning fall semester.  

More information will be posted when details are finalized with Metro Transit and the University.

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4th St Ramp Motorcycle/Official Vehicle Parking Closed This Summer
Posted: 5/20/14

The 4th St Ramp motorcycle and official vehicle parking spaces along the west wall of the ramp will be closed beginning on Wednesday, May 21 for structural repairs.

The area will be blocked off and work is expected to be completed around August 15.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/20/14

The majority of students leave campus for the summer, but for those taking summer classes (and for staff and faculty still working), it’s important to keep the reduced campus shuttle schedule in mind!

Campus Connector
Buses run weekdays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 19 through Friday, June 13, 2014 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus is out of Willey Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 26 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 16 through Friday, August 8 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run weekdays every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 9:30 p.m. and the last bus leaves Willey Hall at 9:35 p.m.

For the summer vacation period, Monday, August 11 through Tuesday, August 26, Campus Connectors will run weekdays 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Willey Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Friday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday.

The Welcome Week service schedule will be posted later this summer.

East Bank Circulator
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes from Monday, May 19 through Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 26 or Friday, July 4 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 19 – Friday, June 13.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 16 (no service on Thursday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 8.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 9 through Monday, September 1.

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Give PTS Your Feedback on Proposed Campus Shuttle Routes
Posted: 5/8/14

Parking and Transportation Services is seeking University input on three possible proposed Fall 2014 bus routes. Note that the three options are in draft form and are subject to change at any time. We appreciate your time and feedback.

Look at the Proposed Routes

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Sidewalk Closed Near Kolthoff Hall
Posted 3/27/14

The sidewalk along Washington Avenue on the south side of Kolthoff Hall has been closed to allow for deck removal.  

Fencing has been installed to keep pedestrians out of the designated work space.  The detour route is move north around Kolthoff Hall and back down to Washington Avenue to cross the bridge to West Bank.

The sidewalk deck will be demolished by the end of April.  After spring finals, workers will re-construct the west side of the Kolthoff sidewalk, adhering to ADA requirements and implementing some bicycle lane improvements.

The west side sidewalk is expected to re-open late this summer.

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PTS in the News!

A Vikings fan's guide to TCF Bank Stadium

Pioneer Press / August 7, 2014

Starting with Friday night's exhibition opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Vikings are trading indoor games at the now-gone Metrodome for outdoor games at smaller, but so-much-nicer TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons. READ MORE

Your guide to getting to Friday's Vikings-Raiders game at U

Star Tribune / August 7, 2014

Just as the Vikings will be auditioning new players during Friday night's preseason opener, the game against the Oakland Raiders will serve as a test run for fans trying to get to the team's new home for the next two seasons, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. READ MORE

Navigating TCF Bank Stadium for Vikes game

KARE 11 / August 4, 2014

In just four days the Gopher's Den that is TCF Bank Stadium will be the Vikings home field, and with that come some lessons in logistics for game goers. READ MORE / WATCH VIDEO

Green Line means go for local colleges and medical centers

MinnPost / June 10, 2014

A new era for the Twin Cities dawns in a few days when the Green Line opens between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Green Line opening changes bus routes

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

When the long-awaited Green Line light rail opens June 14, three popular University of Minnesota area bus routes will adapt. READ MORE

Final phase of bike-walk trail connects downtown to campus

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

After opening last August, a citywide bicycle project is nearing completion with a new connection between the University of Minnesota’s campus and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Close roads for more pedestrians

MN Daily / April 21, 2014

The increasing number of options to live near the University of Minnesota campus means that more people are in the area at all times. READ MORE

Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million

MN Daily / April 15, 2014

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs. READ MORE

Minnesota's Dinkytown Greenway

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy / April 2014 Trail of the Month Recurring Feature

"It isn't the longest bike trail in the city, but it is probably one of the most important," said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak... READ MORE

Transit use hits historic levels in metro, nationally

Star Tribune / March 24, 2014

Each weekday morning, as befits the name, Tim Busse climbs on a bus. It’s a route he calls “wildly successful” — about half full when it leaves Burnsville, but packed every morning after its Bloomington stop. READ MORE

Simulated light-rail derailment planned Tuesday at U of M

Pioneer Press / March 17, 2014

Metro Transit, the University of Minnesota and public safety agencies will simulate a light-rail train derailment on the U's Minneapolis campus Tuesday. READ MORE

LRT derailment simulation to hit Stadium Village

MN Daily / March 13, 2014

Smoke, first responders and volunteers faking injuries will fill Stadium Village early  on Tuesday, March 18, during a Light Rail Transit derailment simulation, while many University of Minnesota students are away on spring break. READ MORE

The U area doesn’t need additional parking

MN Daily / March 3, 2014

As a columnist, I have a great opportunity to present opinions that college-age readers might not otherwise consider. In a similar light, readers have an opportunity to read opinions from multiple columnists in this paper. READ MORE

MSA, students push to change bus routes

MN Daily / February 26, 2014

The Minnesota Student Association Facilities, Housing and Transit Committee passed a resolution Tuesday urging the University of Minnesota to revise its campus bus routes. READ MORE

Gophers prefer crossing campus above ground

MN Daily / February 18, 2014

Despite their burrowing namesake, few University of Minnesota students use the school’s Gopher Way tunnel and skyway system. READ MORE

Campus Connector involved in accident

MN Daily / February 10, 2014

A University of Minnesota Campus Connector was involved in an accident Friday morning at the intersection of the University Transitway and Como Avenue near the St. Paul campus. READ MORE

Weekend Circulator makes its debut

MN Daily / January 27, 2014

The new Weekend Circulator bus route linking the University of Minnesota’s East and West banks began running this weekend, giving students free rides through the night. READ MORE

Biking initiative ends, projects continue

MN Daily / November 26, 2013

The Twin Cities was one of four metro areas in the country to receive a sizable federal grant nearly seven years ago for promoting non-motorized transportation — an initiative that is finishing its final lap. READ MORE