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$500 ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: John Derycke, Derycke Motorsports Photography]
By Mike Governale

Last year, as part of ROC Transit Day external link, we planned a city-wide treasure hunt where teams followed a series of clues (for over 19 miles) to be the first to find a $500 cash prize at the end. The only catch: No motor vehicles. All teams were required to use public transit, walk, or bike. (it’s in the rules!)

This year (Thursday, June 18) we’re doing it again. It’s completely free to enter, but you must pre-register here external link before June 17. Right now we only have 6 teams signed up, so your odds would be pretty good; as long as you have a good working knowledge of Rochester.

Still not sure if you’ve got the right stuff? Take a look at the clues from LAST year and see how well you’d fare…

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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ROC Transit Day 2015 Schedule

Monday, June 8th, 2015

ROC Transit Day is next week!
By Mike Governale

ROC Transit Day is next week – Thursday, June 18. Rochester will be going car-free in support of a healthier community and we’ve lined up a fun day to celebrate… bus rides for you and the family, a street dance competition external link, city-wide treasure hunt external link, music all afternoon outside Rochester Central Library. Oh, and did someone say flash mob external link?

So if you haven’t already, pull together a team of friends or co-workers and hop a bus on June 18. And if you need fare cards, contact us now external link

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Monday, June 8th, 2015
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pssst… Flash Mob!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

On Thursday, June 18, at exactly 9:07a.m. we're going to start the biggest spontaneous dance party ever to take place in downtown Rochester. For the exact location and to learn the dance moves, watch the video. [IMAGE: ReconnectRochester.org]
By Mike Governale

Have you ever done something so crazy you started to question your own sanity? A few weeks ago a little voice inside my head said, “DUDE, you should totally organize a flash mob!” Most sane people would have chuckled to themselves and ignored the voice. Not me. I listened to it.

So now here I am, asking you to join me for what could be the most insane (yet wildly entertaining) 5 minutes that downtown Rochester has seen in quite a while. If you’re feeling a little bit crazy, the details are after the jump…

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Monday, May 25th, 2015
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City of Rochester Now Seeking Proposals for Main Street Bus Shelters

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The City of Rochester has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY. [PHOTO: Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.]
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The City of Rochester has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) external link to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY. The deadline to respond is June 26 and successful proposals are expected to be announced by July 31…

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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Help the Effort to Reconnect Rochester

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

ROC Transit Day, 2014. [PHOTO: John Derycke, Motorsports Photography]
By Mike Governale

It was nearly five years ago when I and a small group of RocSubway readers came together with a single goal; to strengthen our community by working to grow sustainable transportation options across our region. Together we formed Reconnect Rochester, Inc…

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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Join Us for a FUNraiser at Ox and Stone

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Join us for a fundraising event to benefit Reconnect Rochester.
By Mike Governale

It’s usually all business down here in the subway. But when we party, we party with purpose. I’d like to invite you to join me at Ox and Stone on Tuesday, December 16 for a FUNraiser to benefit Reconnect Rochester external link.

There’ll be great food & drink, music, raffle prizes, and some awesome Rochesterians to rub elbows with.

Minimum donation $50 / suggested $75.
Click here to reserve your spot external link
before midnight, Tuesday (12/9).

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Bus Stop Cubes Could Give Transit Riders in Rochester a Place to Rest

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Reconnect Rochester is aiming to come up with a solution for the lack of seating at bus stops in our region.
By Mike Governale

Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however, Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution external link which they believe could change this picture…

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Thievin’ Stephen Street Art to Benefit Non-profit, Reconnect Rochester

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Street artist Thievin' Stephen has donated some of his work to benefit Reconnect Rochester, a 501(c)3 non-profit group working to improve transit alternatives in our area. [PHOTO: Thievin' Stephen]
By Mike Governale

You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Benjamin Ross event flyer.
By Mike Governale

On Monday, September 29, Reconnect Rochester will host a discussion with author and transit advocate Benjamin Ross. Mr. Ross will be at the Public Library on Monroe Ave. at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.

Ross was the head of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit external link during much of its long fight to build a light rail line outside Washington, D.C. After a 25-year battle, the Purple Line will begin construction next year…

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Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Guess What This Thursday is… ROC Transit Day!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ROC Transit Day is this Thursday. Make plans now to leave your car parked.
Reconnect Rochester is a non-profit organization I founded a few years ago to advocate for transportation alternatives in Rochester. We work for pedestrian-friendly streets, and we push for improved public transportation. These things are important to me because I’ve seen firsthand what happens to places that focus too much attention on providing spaces for automobiles, and not enough on spaces for people.

If you don’t quite get what I’m talking about, you can listen to me blabber on external link. But if you’re already with me, please make plans to leave your car at home this Thursday; a day we’re calling “ROC Transit Day”…

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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$500 Treasure Hunt

Monday, June 9th, 2014

ROC Transit Day

A $500 CASH prize is up for grabs in The Great ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt!

On June 19, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS (U.S.) will be hiding somewhere in Rochester. The first person (or team of people) to find it will take all. There’s just one catch… no cars allowed. To claim this jackpot you’ll need to use the bus system, walk or bike. Get your first clue now at www.ROCtransitday.com external link.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Get FREE ROC Transit Day Fare Cards for Your Organization

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Get FREE ROC Transit Day Fare Cards for Your Organization
For ROC Transit Day 2013 we gave away nearly 1,000 transit fare cards and asked Rochesterians to ditch their cars for one day in support of a healthier community. 30 different forward-thinking organizations external link (and many intrepid individuals) pledged to ride public transit that day.

This year ROC Transit Day external link is Thursday, June 19, 2014. All kinds of free fun and great deals external link will be available for anyone who leaves their car at home and uses public transit for the day.

To request FREE all-day fare cards for your organization…

Simply use this form external link or contact info@ReconnectRochester.org or 585-354-3232.

But hurry, we only have a limited supply and these babies go quickly. First come first serve.

And remember, public transit, walking and biking are healthy options for our bodies and the Rochester community. So get onboard!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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ROC Transit Day is important! But don’t take my word for it…

Monday, May 5th, 2014

ROC Transit Day is important. But don't take my word for it. Watch the video and hear what these young professionals have to say about it.
The days are getting longer, and (slowly) the air is getting warmer. Soon enough the sweet scent of Lilac will be in the air. This can only mean one thing… ROC Transit Day external link will soon be here!

If you drive in your car to work alone each day, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why would I want to ride public transit when I can just drive my Nissan Leaf (or whatever)?”

Well, I could list all the reasons why public transportation is healthier for our earth, healthier for our bodies, and healthier for our community. But that would be boring. Instead, watch this video external link and hear it straight from the mouths of your fellow Rochesterians…

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Monday, May 5th, 2014
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13 T-Shirts

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

13 Rochester T-shirts [PHOTO: Tiny Fish Printing]
In 2013 I gave myself a photo assignment. Pick 13 subjects, and take 13 snapshots of each… 13x13x13. Turns out this was much more work than I thought. So I’ve been accepting submissions from others. Today’s series of 13 comes to us from Tiny Fish Printing external link, a custom apparel printing company located near the public market.

T-shirts are an American staple. We all have our favorite one that we wear until our belly button shows through. They’re a great way to show our support for our favorite local institutions… restaurants, bands, clubs, etc. They allow us to show off our creative side, even we don’t have a creative bone in our body. And best of all, they keep us from being naked.

Uh, ok… Let’s just take a look at 13 awesome local t-shirt designs…

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Inner Loop Informational Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project
Reconnect Rochester external link has alerted us to an important informational meeting tonight about the Inner Loop’s future (or lack thereof). As we wait to find out whether or not this project will be a recipient of a USDOT TIGER grant, the City is moving forward with plans to scale down a large portion the underutilized 12-lane highway. Ultimately that will mean greater connectivity between downtown and the neighborhoods to the east, and lower road maintenance costs in the long run. If there was ever a big road project to support, this is it.

Read what Reconnect Rochester has to say about the project external link and attend the meeting tonight to learn more… 6-8pm on the third floor of City Hall external link.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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A Better Bus Schedule for Rochester

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

RGRTA has asked for help redesigning one of their most important transit tools. Meet the new RTS bus schedules.
If you’ve been following along, you know how we’ve been trying to apply a little design for the betterment of our transit system. First we took a shot at designing a better bus stop sign for Rochester. RGRTA is currently studying that concept in anticipation of one day replacing their existing signs. Next we designed a better bus pass for which RGRTA gave a nod of approval. The new passes will be rolled out very soon!

But wait, there’s more! RGRTA has now asked for help redesigning one of the most important transit tools of all; their big, bad, bus schedules…

WHOA! Not so fast.

It appears RocSubway jumped the gun and accidentally published some information that wasn’t ready for primetime. New bus schedule designs are being worked on, but it will be some time before they are finalized and ready to be shared. If you caught the sneak peek, congrats. And thanks for providing your feedback!

To be continued…

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
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1 Week and 300 Fare Cards Left To Give Away

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

ROC Transit Day is coming. Lose your car keys on June 20, 2013.
The following is a repost from ReconnectRochester.org.

ROC Transit Day external link is just a week away. About 85 local businesses and organizations have signed up to participate on June 20 – either encouraging their employees & members to leave their cars home, or by offering exclusive deals to transit riders external link.

Rex the Rhino is planning his bus ride as we speak. Music buskers are tuning up for their performances during the evening rush hour on Main Street. Murphy’s Law on East Avenue is priming the kegs for our happy hour celebration (RSVP here external link). And our volunteers are wrapping up HUNDREDS of prizes to deliver to random transit riders.

Get Your Fare Card!

Best of all, we still have 300 limited edition ROC Transit Day fare cards left to give away before the 20th. And we’re making them available to you now – first come first serve. Send us your mailing address and let us know how many fare cards you’d like (no more than 5 per person please). Email your request to info@reconnectrochester.org.

We can’t guarantee on time delivery for requests made after Sunday, June 16. So email us now!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Rochester Is Getting On Board ROC Transit Day

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

ROC Transit Day is coming. Lose your car keys on June 20, 2013.
A few short weeks ago I told you about ROC Transit Day 2013. The idea is simple… pedestrians make for a vibrant city. The more people Rochester has walking the streets instead of driving, the stronger our community will be; and the stronger our local economy will be. ROC Transit Day is a holiday from our cars. It’s a day to celebrate local businesses. And it’s a day to cast a symbolic vote for a stronger transit system…

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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ROC Transit Day: Lose your car keys on June 20

Monday, May 13th, 2013

ROC Transit Day is coming. Lose your car keys on June 20, 2013.
A year and half ago I managed to convince RGRTA to try something new. I said, “let me give away free bus rides for one day.” I imagined most people would say “no thanks, the bus isn’t for me.” But I also knew my mom was right when she said, “try it, you might like it.” That year I think maybe 200 people participated and left their cars at home for the day.

What began as a fun little experiment, has turned into ROC Transit Day external link – a full blown Rochester holiday from our cars. This year ROC Transit Day will be on Thursday, June 20.

In this, its second year, the volunteers at Reconnect Rochester are giving away 1,000 special edition RTS fare cards – designed by yours truly. And we’re asking Rochester’s business community to get involved too…

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Monday, May 13th, 2013
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Bike Boulevards & More, Coming To Rochester

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The City just released a Request for Proposal to create a Bike Boulevard Plan. [PHOTO: Payton Chung]
Sorry it’s been so quiet in the subway for the past week. It got crazy busy with many things happening on many different fronts, and I had to force myself into a self-imposed digital detox program. But here’s a quicky update…

I just got back from the Genesee-Finger Lakes Active Transportation Summit; a conference (held in downtown Rochester) where mobs of cycling and transit advocates gathered for a day of discussion about moving Rochester forward… literally. Believe me, Spiderman external link isn’t the only one sporting the spandex lately. There’s an undeniable groundswell of support for walkable, bike-friendly streets, and transit options in this town. Maybe you were following the tweets coming out of Reconnect Rochester external link throughout the day? But if you were at the conference, you understand what I mean. The excitement was palpable, and contagious.

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