City of Minneapolis- Ward 6 Newsletter

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren

 May 10, 2013

Car-Sharing to Expand in Minneapolis 

At today’s city council meeting we took action to move forward on a large scale, car-sharing pilot program. In response to a request for proposals (RFP) the city’s Public Works traffic and parking services staff recommended that we negotiate a two year pilot program with Car2Go  that will bring 250 Smart Cars to our streets. Unlike the more established Hour Car program this will be a “point to point” system. Subscribers to Car2Go will pick up a car parked nearest to their location and be able to leave that vehicle at their destination, rather than at a permanent car-sharing station. 

This two year pilot program will give us a tremendous amount of good data about how a large scale project that uses the public right-of-way works. One thing I’ve learned from my heavy involvement in transportation policy and funding is that it is heavily data driven and the rich data we will collect from this car-sharing pilot program propel us forward in advancing alternative transportation in our city. For example, the incredible data generated by our bike share program, Nice Ride MN has helped inform us to make Minneapolis an even better biking city.


As we developed our Car2GO car-share pilot program, it was brought to our attention that this would be a great opportunity to advance car sharing in Minneapolis by making it easier for other programs, like Hour Car, to use our right-of-way. Many Hour Car members contacted city council members to advocate for this. In response, I was happy to be the lead author an additional action directing our staff to expand the pilot to Hour Car, and the other responders to the RFP. This is very much in the spirit of the RFP, which made it clear that the pilot program was not meant to create an exclusive car-share program in Minneapolis.


I look forward to keeping you informed on this going forward. Also, I will continue to advocate for investments in alternative transportation that make it easier to live car free in the City of Minneapolis. 

Warm regards, 

Robert Lilligren

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Gerardo at 673-2206 or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am


Ward 6 Residents, due to an Election Committee meeting, office hours will be CANCELLED on May 20th. Community Office Hours will resume the following Monday.

Thank you for your understanding

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

On behalf of Chief Janee’ Harteau, please join us for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. The event will take place Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:30am in the  Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Join us in commemoration those that service our community.  

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415 · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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