Transpo Convo: Gardens in the Mist

  The “Transpo Convo” series asks people how they get around the city, how they would like to get around the city, and what could improve their transportation experiences around the city.×375.jpg×375.jpg A section of the MnDOT public garden tended by Jeanne Weigum.×375.jpg An Autumn view of the MnDOT property public garden […]

Transpo Convo with Bill

Transpo Convo is an ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use.  This second installment features highlights from my conversation with Bill D., in which we chat about icy winter riding, revamping roads for greater cycling infrastructure, and how to build effective cycling advocacy. Bill and I talked bikes, bikes, and more […]

Transpo Convo with Mohamed

Welcome to the very first Transpo Convo!  This is a brand new ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use.  In this first installment I share a few highlights from my conversation with Mohamed F., where we gab about bike lanes, transit pricing, and what Metro Transit could learn about rider experience from Nairobi’s matatu […]

Transpo Convo: George at the Bus Stop

“I love MTC!” “I love MTC!”George stands at a bus stop on University Avenue on a blustery, 50 degree day, finishing his cigarette.  He had been shopping at Wal-Mart. George exudes a love for life. “I just bought a pack of lighters, and I knew how much they were going to cost me,” he smiles. […]

Transpo Convo: Seeking the Best Holiday Light Displays

One Friday night, my family and I had the luck of catching the Holiday bus. As we rode, we noticed other holiday lights and decorations along the route. It reminded me of my father driving us around when I was a child, looking at the beautifully decorated houses during this season. Holiday Bus   I […]


Transpo Convo: What’s Important on the Way to School

Growing up, I learned the Sesame Street song “Who are the People in your Neighborhood?” Living on a farm, my neighborhood looked quite a bit different from Sesame Street. Now that I live in a denser location, I take advantage of the surrounding amenities, as does my family. One luxury that they have that I […]

Transpo Convo: Strolling a Quiet Neighborhood in a Changing Urban Area

  Central Baptist Community Garden in Merriam Park is one of many ways the church brings the community together. The other day I was walking around a northern Merriam Park grid. I focused on roughly 6 blocks that are bordered by Snelling Ave., Saint Anthony Ave., Pierce St., and University Ave. My purpose was unrelated […]

Transpo Convo: Kristen Biking With Her Son

  Kristen is a health care employee who cares deeply about community health and fitness.  She wants to set a good example for her family.  She has a bicycle trailer she often uses to transport her 14 month old son to daycare and other destinations. “Safety is my biggest concern.  There really aren’t helmets for […]

Transpo Convo: “What’s stopping others from using transit more regularly?”

  Compiled below are statements recorded from people who have the means to drive and choose to usually drive over taking mass transit: At Snelling and University, your choices include walking, taking the bus, taking the train, or driving. “When I first got married, I used to take the bus, but now we have two […]

Transpo convo: Phyllis in the Snow

  “It’s nasty out here,” Phyllis proclaims after crossing University Avenue at Pascal.  She was dragging her shopping bag suitcase on wheels in one hand and using a cane in the other.  She had started crossing at the green light and the 22 seconds of crossing time didn’t quite allow her to get all the […]