Author: Tim Brackett

About Tim Brackett

Tim Brackett (he/him) has been on the board of since 2018 and is currently co-chair of the board. He also works on the Anti-Racism and Finance committees. Tim is a full-time student at Metro State University, studying Advocacy and Political Leadership. He is committed to engaging communities and working collaboratively to build safe, equitable and sustainable transportation choices for everyone. When Tim is not working, studying or volunteering, he can be found attending a concert, exploring the North Shore or enjoying tacos and beers at a local taproom with his wife (Kari) and dog (Marla).

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Five Facets of Recovery from COVID-19

“It [the pandemic] is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready […]

Stories from the Streets of Hennepin County

There is a gentleman who rides the 747 bus from downtown Minneapolis to the TCF Corporate offices in Plymouth. This gentleman walks with a slight limp, a gait acquired through years of blue collar work performed while standing on concrete floors. When he walks from the bus stop north on Hennepin County Road 61 (Xenium […]


Why Give Money to

Hello readers. By now I am sure you are aware we are holding our annual Winter Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 19th (purchase tickets here). While is fortunate to count many among you as supporters, it is entirely possible some of you are asking “Why should I give money to” Let me […]

Open Streets Broadway September Events

As summer winds down, we here at are ramping up for fall with a full slate of events for everyone. Here are the events we have on our calendar for September: Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 12th Join your fellow comrades for a fall-time happy hour get-together! Let’s gather in a particularly transit- and […]

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A Day in the Life of a Car-Free State Fair Employee from the Suburbs

In the summer of 2013–while underemployed and strapped for cash–I took a gig pouring beer for one of the vendors at the Minnesota State Fair. The job was rewarding enough that I have continued working every summer, even though my employment situation has improved since 2013. This summer is my sixth year working the Minnesota […]

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Reminder: Annual Summer Picnic this Saturday

  This is a reminder to stop by our Annual Summer Picnic this Saturday at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome! Here are the final details: Schedule: 2:00 pm – Open Meeting with the Board of 3:00 pm – Social time 3:30 pm – 5:00 […]

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Announcing the Annual Summer Picnic!

We can’t wait to see you this year at the Annual Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 28th! The picnic will be held in the outdoor area of Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul from 2-6pm, and is guaranteed to be fun for all. Bring yourself, bring your family, bring a bicycle if you want, […]

How Accessible are Minnesota State Parks for Non-motorists?

After living in Minnesota for four years, I decided last year to focus on getting away from the metro area and exploring greater Minnesota. I also decided to take up camping for the first time since childhood in 2017. As someone who is car-free, accomplishing these goals required some creativity on my part. I purchased […]