5 for Friday: Feeling Flexible

I hope you're feeling limber because today we dig into Episode 6 | Flexibility in the Here to There podcast series!

In this episode we walked through the University of Minnesota's East Bank with devoted pedestrian commuter Jonathan Brown before sitting down with Move Minneapolis Executive Director Mary Morse Marti to talk about the ways we can be more flexible not just in how we get from here to there, but how we mentally approach our transportation needs. Tune in to the episode and read on below!

  1. From the Minnesota Daily - The Shared Use Mobility Center has arrived with some exciting (if lofty) goals, including getting 20,000 cars off the road in the next five years through alternatives like car-sharing, biking, and transit. How you ask? Well, when SUMC devised a similar plan in Los Angeles, it meant connecting transit, communicating why a culture shift was necessary, and making a concerted effort through service and support to make sharing programs thrive.

  2. From the Pioneer Press - What to do about a problem like traffic congestion? This article nicely walks through a few options from adding onto highways (don't get too excited -- it's been proven that more pavement only leads to more traffic) to expanding transit to increasing housing in urban centers. One option that was overlooked is my personal favorite -- working alongside your dog.

  3. From the WSJ - Because we all love apps so much, cities are catching on and launching a variety of apps that connect travelers with options for getting from here to there. Examples include on-demand rides in Austin, subsidized Lyft rides to train stations in San Clemente, and maps overlaid with transit options including ride-hailing in Los Angeles.

  4. From The Straits Times - How do the mega-transit cities deal with their own versions of congestion? Some better than others. In Tokyo, there's a campaign underway to get companies to stagger working hours and/or offer telework options in order to relieve workers from enduring packed trains and platforms.

  5. From Personnel Today - Why does this all matter? Because long commutes hurt health, productivity, and happiness. Surely this is not shocking to you, but it does elevate the conversation to a level beyond the annoyance of gridlock on the Crosstown. Being open to different modes and options, trying new routes and ways, and shifting your mindset around working from home or with a flexible schedule can go a long way in making you happier and healthier.

That's it for this week. Listen and subscribe on the Here to There website and join us next week as we dig into episode 7!

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