How to Bike to the State Fair

Why drive to the Great Minnesota Get-Together when the options to bus or bike are so much more fun and less stressful?

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Everyone Walks at the State Fair

“People will walk a lot more than they say they will”—that’s the final observation in Bill Lindeke’s list from the State Fair. I was curious how much I do walk at the State Fair, so this year I took my GPS along. How much did I walk? About seven and a half miles. For most […]

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Seven Urbanism Lessons from the Minnesota State Fair

Much like Al’s Breakfast, the State Fair revels running against the conventional wisdom about what Minnesotans want in an urban experience. That’s one of the big reasons I enjoy going, and make sure to do so each year. There’s a lot that urban designers and decision makers can learn from the fairgrounds, and here are […]

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My Annual Minnesota State Fair Experience

For the last however many years I ride my bike from my Prospect Park Neighborhood to Como Avenue, then park my bike in a bike corral next to an entrance near Snelling Avenue. A bike corral volunteer hands me a two-part numbered tag that I put on my bike, then I buy my State Fair […]

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The Minnesota State Fair on Speed

No, this isn’t a video about rampant illicit drug use at the great Minnesota get together. It’s a timelapse video shot 6 years ago by Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin. I imagine many of the same things are taking place this year as I contemplate the even heavier than usual car traffic passing through my neighborhood […]

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Transportation Nerd’s State Fair

So far this summer we’ve read about the challenges of biking to the Minnesota State Fair and the popular experience of busing to it. But what does a transportation nerd do first after entering the fairgrounds under the old streetcar arch at the new West End gate? (Yeah yeah, the food…) Head for the tractors on […]

Forget about Biking to the State Fair

Every year I remember the loveliness of the bike ride to get to the state fair. And then I’m reminded of the horror that is the last one tenth of one mile to the bike corral.  This is particularly problematic for anyone arriving on the U of M Transitway, which is the obvious way to ride there from Downtown, […]