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Minneapolis Bike Tour FAQ

Event Details & Route

When does the tour start and end?

Riders can start the Bike Tour between 7:30 and 8 a.m. All riders must be on the course by 8 a.m. The post-ride party at the finish ends at 2:30 p.m.

Are helmets mandatory on the course?

Yes, for your safety, all participants are required to wear a helmet during the event. In fact, we encourage you to wear a helmet every time you ride your bike.

Is the Minneapolis Bike Tour a race? Will awards be given to the top finishers?

No, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is just that - a bike tour. It is not a race and no awards will be given. We want everyone, from novice to experienced riders, to enjoy the beautiful course. For the safety and security of all involved, we ask that all participants please keep this in mind during the event. If you are more of a leisure rider, or are riding with children we encourage you to start a bit later, and let the speedy types start first.

I am a novice rider. Will this event be too difficult for me?

Absolutely not! We have fully-supported water stops to give you a chance to rest and rejuvenate.

Will there be route support for riders?

Yes. Our goal is to make the Bike Tour safe and fun for everyone. Five water stops along the 32-mile course, three water stops along the 25-mile course and two water stops along the 15-mile course will provide a chance to rest and rehydrate along the way, and will offer mechanical and medical support. Medical support will be readily available to get to the site of a medical situation, should one occur.

Will the course be closed to motorized traffic?

Yes, the course will be closed to motorized traffic; however, there will be some points at which the course will intersect with traffic. At a majority of these places, police and course marshals will monitor and assist riders safely across the road. All riders must obey rules of the road.

When will routes re-open to motorized traffic?

Segments of the route will re-open to motorized traffic when each water stop closes as noted on the route map, with the entire course re-opened to motorized traffic at 2 p.m. Bike Patrols will follow the last riders, and will also have a SAG vehicle behind them. Staff at all water stops will do their best to keep participants informed of the time and distance remaining. Anyone still on the route at 2 p.m. may move off the parkway and complete their ride on the paved trails, or they may choose to have a SAG vehicle transport them and their bikes back to the finish.

Are there any items that are prohibited on the bike course?

For safety purposes, rollerblades, skateboards, headphones, cell phone use and pets will not be allowed on the course. If you need to use your cell phone, we ask that you stop riding and temporarily move off the course.

How can I provide feedback about the tour?

During the event, participants should notify the nearest staff about any concerns (always call 911 in the event of an emergency). Participants may also send feedback about the Bike Tour by email or by mail:

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Bike Tour Comments
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

How can I contact someone on the day of the bike tour?

If you have questions regarding the event on event day you can call 612-499-3018.

Where can I park?

Parking Information: Free parking for Minneapolis Bike Tour participants will be available at four parking lots.

1100 Sibley St NE
1100 Marshall St NE
385 9th Ave NE
800 Marshall St NE

There is also free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets.


How do I register for the Minneapolis Bike Tour?

Online registration is now closed. Please register on-site at Boom Island on either Saturday, September 13 or Sunday, September 14.

Saturday, September 13
Boom Island
724 Sibley Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sunday, September 13
6:30-7:30am (right before the ride)
Boom Island
724 Sibley Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

When and where do I check-in for the Bike Tour?

Participants must check in for the Bike Tour during one of the designated times listed below to:

  • Pick up your bike tag - all riders must display their bike tag on their handlebars throughout the ride, which signifies to police and course marshals that you are a registered participant.
  • Pick up a map of the route.
  • Get all of your questions answered.
  • Sign a waiver if you have not already.

Check-in at Boom Island:

Boom Island 724 Sibley St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

  • Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or
  • Sunday, September 14 from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Please Note:

If you are registering in person on September 13 or 14, you will also need to complete and sign a Bike Tour waiver upon check-in.

How do I get my t-shirt?

Please keep in mind, t-shirts are only guaranteed to pre-registered riders. T-shirts will be provided to participants that register after September 10, 2014 only if there are remaining t-shirts.

You will be able to pick it up before the ride when you check in on September 13 or 14. You may purchase past years shirts featuring the artwork of local artists on September 13 or 14.

Does my registration fee include food?

Water and snacks will be provided along the route and at the finish. Stick around for the Post-Ride Party from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Beer will be available to participants 21+ (must show ID). Local vendors will also have food available for purchase.

I signed up for one route, but want to switch to a different length route. Can I switch?

Yes, you can change your mind at any time and simply follow the course that you choose on the day of the event.

Is there an age minimum to participate in this event?

No. We welcome and encourage participants of all ages to participate in the Minneapolis Bike Tour. However, all participants ages 13 years of age or younger (on the day of the ride) must be accompanied on the entire ride by a registered adult participant. All participants 17 and younger are required to have a participation consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

Can my child ride with me as an unregistered rider if they are under the age of 5?

While there is no charge for riders 5 and younger, everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register and complete the required event waiver. This is for the safety and security of all participants.

We plan to ride a Tandem Bike. Both of us need to register for the event?

Yes. The registration fee must be paid for each participant over age five, regardless of the number of bikes used. Everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register and complete the required event waiver.

What is the refund policy for registration?

Bike Tour registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Donations/ Fundraising

Is my registration fee for the Minneapolis Bike Tour considered a tax-deductible donation?

No. Your registration fee is not tax-deductible as the fee covers your entrance into the event.

You are welcome to make a donation directly to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please work with your tax professional to determine any deductions for which you are eligible.

How do I submit donations the day of the event?

Donations can be dropped off on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, September 14 from 6:30 2:30 p.m. at the information booth.


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