Several state employees within St Paul are working on transit/earth fairs and community rides in April and May:
- April 11th: Electric Bike Panel, Lafayette Park
- April 20th: Lafayette Park Community and Transit fair
- April 21st: Bike to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary from Lafayette Park
- May 17th: State capitol transit and health fair
- May 17th: Bike to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary from DOT-Capitol
These events are free, geared towards state employees and open to the public. About each event:
Tuesday, April 11: Put power in your pedal with an e-bike
Electric bikes (e-bikes) can boost your pedal power, so you can ride farther and faster with less effort. Join proud e-bike owners and members of the community to hear how fun, practical, and sustainable e-bikes are. A variety of e-bikes will be on hand to see and touch. Questions? Contact email@example.com
Visitors should enter through the MPCA, 520 Lafayette
When: 11 am – 1 pm
Where: DNR/MPCA/BWSR cafeteria
Thursday, April 20: Lafayette Park Earth Week Community Fair
There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s Lafayette Park Earth Week Transit & Community Fair. Grab a friend and join us. New this year – Food trucks will be parked near the Sheriff’s Office to serve fresh and locally made food.
Community Fair hours: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Food truck hours: 11 am – 1pm
Where: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Rotunda (corner of Lafayette and Grove)
• AAA Minneapolis – Get safety tips for your non-motorized vehicle.
• Ramsey County – Learn about alternative transportation projects plus energy saving tips for your home.
• MPCA Sustainability – Recycling can be confusing. Learn what can be recycled with an interactive game.
• Board of Water and Soil Resources – Two tables: Conservation easements and healthy soil/healthy water
• City of St. Paul – Beautify and improve your neighborhood by organizing a litter cleanup with the help of the city’s Come Clean Program.
• Ramsey County Sheriff – A K9 officer will be on hand to share tips on how you can help take a bite out of crime and how to safely dispose of unwanted medicine.
• Capitol alternative transit developments – Learn about the new US Bike Route 41. Get information about biking in Minnesota. Grab a MnDOT bike map.
• And more!
• El Jibarito: Puerto Rican street fare
• A Piece of Cake: Artisan mini donuts
Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 21: Bike or ride to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary from Lafayette Park
Recently completed, Trout Brook is a 42-acre nature area nature sanctuary located about two miles north of the Lafayette Park neighborhood along I-35E. At the sanctuary, you’ll get a historical perspective from Nancy O’Brien-Wagner, City of St. Paul and a water quality perspective from Britta Suppes, Capitol Region Watershed District. Plan to bring a lunch and a friend or two. Then pick a transit mode, RSVP to a leader, and join us!
Commuter options to the Sanctuary:
- Bike. Grab your bike (and helmet) and meet in front of the DNR main entrance at noon. It will be a slow and casual ride however you should wear comfortable clothes. It’s about a four-mile round-trip ride and will take 40-45 minutes (there and back). RSVP to email@example.com
- Carpool. Meet at the MPCA main entrance at noon. Vehicles provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bus. Meet at the bus stop on the corner of Lafayette and Grove (Sheriff’s Office side) at 11:45pm. Bus fair $1.75 – Be sure to ask for a transfer ticket when you pay (It’ll be used for the return trip) Note: This option will take approximately 1 ½ hours – please plan accordingly. RSVP to email@example.com
Earth Week and anytime: bus the downtown zone
Explore downtown St. Paul by taking the bus. For 50 cents, the 64 bus (as an example) can take you through the downtown zone where you can explore places such as Rice Park, Landmark Center, CHS Stadium, Union, Candyland, Mears Park, Central Green Line Station and more. A few tips when taking the bus from Lafayette Park:
• Ask for the downtown zone fair
• Be sure to take another 50 cents with you for the return trip (otherwise you’ll need to walk back)
Plan your trip by using the Metro Transit interactive map.
New to bus riding? Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday May 17: MnDOT’s 16th annual health and transit fair
Save the date” for MnDOT’s 16th annual health and transit fair. With nearly 400 participants each year and multiple agencies participating, It’s the largest multi-agency health/transit fair in the state, for state employees, and this event, like all of the other events, is open to the public!
When: Wednesday May 17, 10am-1pm
Where: MnDOT/State Capitol grounds
What: Walk around the capitol, vendors inside/outside DOT building, “e-bikes/recumbent bike/fat bike/folding bike” panel, food trucks, group “slow bike ride” leaving DOT to Trout Brook Nature sanctuary
Why: to promote healthy and transit initiatives among state employees
How this happens: health and transit champions/advocates help plan this event each year.
For more information, contact email@example.com
Wednesday May 17: Bike or ride to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary
Recently completed, Trout Brook is a 42-acre nature area nature sanctuary located about two miles north and east of the state capitol along I-35E. At the Sanctuary, here about the local history of the land and water quality and how this sanctuary connects with the rest of the watershed, including St Paul. Plan to bring a lunch and a friend or two and join us! Grab your bike (and helmet) and meet in front of the DOT main entrance at noon. It will be a slow and casual ride however you should wear comfortable clothes. It’s about a four-mile round-trip ride and will take 40-45 minutes (there and back). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.