The Eco Experience brings you many ways to explore options to Kick Gas. You can learn about all of your options to bike, walk and take public transit in our all new re-designed interactive exhibit.
There are many reasons to ride a bike. It’s good for your heart; 20 miles a week on a bike can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent. Riding also boosts your immune system. When you’re not riding you are saving wear and tear on your car. That increases the lifespan of your vehicle. Cycling is not only really good for you, it’s also really, really good for the planet. 70 percent of all car journeys could be made on a bike in less than 20 minutes. In the U.S., 30 percent of all greenhouse emissions are motor vehicle related.
Pedal a GIANT bike. Pedal the “World’s Biggest Bike” hanging from the ceiling with 8-foot wheels. Biking is a great way to get around while preserving air quality. Try new habits: Not driving a gas car to work one day a week results in 20 percent less carbon emissions. (Interactive photo-op)
Picture yourself on a bike. Visit our bike corral to learn about different kinds of bikes and how easy it is to join Minnesota’s friendly bike culture. Bike clothing, accessories and gear will also be on display. This display celebrates Minnesota’s extensive and active biking community that continues to grow. Our extensive network of trails has helped Minnesota to become ranked in 2015 as the second most bicycle-friendly state by the League of American Bicyclists. This exhibit will showcase work bikes, step-thru bikes, fat tire bikes, hauling bikes and many other types. Find the right kind for you! Bicycles are “zero-pollution vehicles,” they cost less, and take less energy/resources to manufacture than a car. That means biking to work (even if you do so once a week) makes a huge impact.
Tilting to Transit. This interactive tilt table game uses a ball rolling down streets to find transit options. For example a bike can be ridden to and from light rail or the bus to work. Then an HourCar (car sharing) may be within walking distance to drive to pick up groceries. So have fun playing our tilting game to learn about your options. (Interactive photo-op)
Drive a Bus. Aside from biking, another great option to “Kick Gas” is to take public transit. Metro Transit offers a life-size, interactive exhibit. Sit in the driver’s seat of a bus replica, use real ticket machines, card readers and fare boxes, and try the art of securing your bike on a bus bike rack (without feeling rushed!) This exhibit will also display different Greater Minnesota bus services, including the Arrowhead, Kandiyohi, La Crescent, and Paul Bunyan Transit lines. A map builds awareness shows how bus transit is provided throughout the state, not just in the metro area.
Tesla X. You can always kick gas by going electric and we have plenty of EV options on display. Come see one of the most talked about cars on the planet: the Tesla X. This all-electric SUV seats 7 with Falcon Wing doors. It’s fast, with a 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
Parklets are streetscape enhancements that increase economic and social interactions while providing public open space for people to relax and enjoy the city. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to envision what a parking space would look like when given back to the public for enjoyment and can take a break from walking the grounds to sit and relax while reading the new tool on how to make Minnesota more walkable.
Pick-A-Lane. Make a commitment to drive less. Stamp the alternative transit lane on our 25-foot scrolling map and see what other Minnesotans choose as well. The options for the “lanes” will be teleworking, walking, riding a bike or using public transit to reach your destination.
About the Eco Experience: A partnership between the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state, the Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair. The Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades. In 2013 the Eco Experience won the People’s Choice Award voted on by the fair goers at the Minnesota State Fair. Since 2006, more than 3.2 million visitors have attended the 25,000-square-foot exhibit to learn more about clean air and water, saving energy, climate change, recycling, healthy local food, gardening, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives.