We believe St. Anthony Park has the potential to be an almost car-free environment, given our walkable blocks and healthy business districts. We encourage use of alternatives to driving:
Buses and light rail
Car sharing (such as HourCar)
In our Drop a Car campaign, we're showing households how to rely more on those alternatives. We even co-led a how-to workshop through Minneapolis Community Education.
We joined with the SAP Community Council and the Friendly Streets Initiative on the Raymond Avenue rebuild in 2017 for more bike and pedestrian features, and we continue to work with SAP Elementary on Safe Routes to School on Como and Raymond Avenues. Also with the SAPCC, we advocated in 2019 for a progressive redesign of a mile-long stretch of Cleveland Avenue. We envisioned a street with more buses, bikers, and walkers, fewer private cars, and no parking lane (shown here). Designs like this would nudge us to change our behavior. See our column Building the Future in a Street in a recent Park Bugle.
We support the St. Paul Bike Plan, which will better connect St. Anthony Park to the U of M Transitway and Pierce Butler Route. It will also improve bikeability along Como and Raymond Avenues (part of Grand Rounds) and along Cleveland Avenue through the University campus.
Our "Meet the Bike" groups have cycled to the Stone Arch Bridge, Como Lake, and the YOXO toy factory. At our "Meet the Bus" events, we showed neighbors how to ride to spots like Hampden Park Co-op and Surly Brewing. And even before St. Paul switched to its single-hauler-per-neighborhood system, we helped cut the number of trash haulers in St. Anthony Park. Other projects of interest:
Discussing the impacts of our transportation choices: see "The true costs," right
Creating more outdoor benches or landscape seating to encourage seniors (and everyone) to walk more
Improving seniors' access to doctors through appointment coordination and transportation sharing.
Got ideas? Email Transportation@TransitionASAP.org. Or come to a meeting of the SAP Community Council's Transportation Committee, which meets the first Monday of every month, 6:30–8:00 pm at the Council office, 2395 University Avenue, at the corner of Raymond.
Cheers for our light-rail system
Train, bus, and bike boosters
Look for us in next year's parade, too.
Cheers for our light-rail system
Slide show: July 4 parade
Our Metro Transit train snaked down Como Avenue in the 2015 parade. Photos: Duane Schriever
Transit routes in the neighborhood
Green Line: Frequent light rail service along University Avenue through South St. Anthony Park, connecting to both downtowns, the U of M, Midway, and more.
3 bus: Generally 10-minute intervals along Como Avenue, connecting to both downtowns.
87 bus: 15-minute intervals from Rosedale mall to Highland Park Village along Cleveland and Raymond Avenues with a stop at the Green Line.
30 bus: 20-minute interval express service from Como Avenue and Highway 280 to and from the Westgate Green Line station, with connections through Northeast and North Minneapolis to Golden Valley.
63 bus: Service from the Raymond Green Line station to businesses along Grand Avenue, ending in downtown St. Paul.
67 bus: Service from the Blue Line station on Franklin Avenue to downtown St. Paul via Minnehaha Avenue (Hamline University) with a stop at the Raymond Green Line station.
16 bus: Local service on University Avenue with stops between the Green Line stations.
The true costs of our long-distance travel choices
Read Michael Russelle's article in the Park Bugle, "The Fare Isn't the Only Cost in Travel," to compare the carbon costs of plane, train, bus, and car travel. We can all shrink our impact by planning how to offset that carbon debt. If we enlist buddies to help us, we spread awareness at the same time. (For source info, see the reference list as a PDF.)