Date & Time

Sunday, September 18, 2016
8 am: Bike Tour begins
8:30 am: You must be on the route

Address

Boom Island Park
724 Sibley St. NE 
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Registration

$35 Pre-registration (now-September 4)
$45 Day-of-Ride (September 18)

About

The 10th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour starts and ends at beautiful Boom Island and features three fully supported routes, 16 miles, 25 miles, and 32 miles, that take riders through the spectacular park and byway system of Minneapolis at their own pace, traffic free!

Registration

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Everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register, pay the registration fee and complete the required event waiver.

Registration is required for every rider over the age of five, regardless of the number of bikes used. There is no registration fee for participants ages five and under (based on child's age on the day of the ride).

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

How to Register

There are three easy ways to register for the Minneapolis Bike Tour:

  1. Register Online
  2. Register by phone, 612-230-6400
    Business Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
  3. Register in person at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters
    Business Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
    Address: 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Souvenir Shirts and After Party

Shirts are not guaranteed to all event registrants. T-shirts are only guaranteed to pre-registered riders.  T-shirts will be available for pick up on the weekend of the Bike tour at the registration times listed below.

All registered participants are invited to the After Party to enjoy free music. One free beer is provided for participants 21+ with a valid photo ID.

Bike Tags

Each participant receives a bike tag that must be displayed on the front handlebars at all times during the Tour. Your bike tag also ensures you receive refreshments and mechanical support at water stops.

Event Weekend Registration and Bike Tag Pick-Up

You can register the weekend of the 2016 Minneapolis Bike Tour with check, credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express), or cash at Boom Island at the times listed below.

If you pre-registered before Event Weekend, you need to pick up your bike tag and shirt at Boom Island at one of these times.

Saturday, September 17
9 am-12 pm

Boom Island
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sunday, September 18
6:30-7:30 am

Boom Island
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Event Information

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Route Information

2016 Minneapolis Bike Tour Map [PDF]

The starting line is at the end of the Plymouth Ave. Bridge at the intersection of Plymouth Ave. and West River Road.

Estimated Route times (including time for water stops)
  • 16-mile route times (short route): 8 am–12 pm
  • 25 mile route times (intermediate route): 8 am–1:30 pm
  • 32 mile route times (long route): 8 am–2:30 pm

The route closes at 2:30 pm and re-opens to traffic. Anyone still on the route at 2:30 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.

Water Stop Hours
Short Route

Water Stop 1: 8-10:15 am
Pit Stop: 8:15-11:30 am

Intermediate Route

Water Stop 1: 8-10:15 am
Water Stop 2: 8:15-11:30 am
Water Stop 3: 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Long Route

Water Stop 1: 8-10:15 am
Water Stop 2: 8:15-11:30 am
Water Stop 3: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Water Stop 4: 9:15 am-2 pm

Important Reminders

  • The ride officially begins at 8:00 am; all riders must be on course by 8:30 am. We strongly encourage advanced/experienced riders to begin their ride at 8:00 am. Casual riders and families are encouraged wait to begin their ride until after 8:15 am.
  • Please be advised that the actual start line is at the corner of West River Parkway and Plymouth Ave, across the Plymouth Ave Bridge to the west from Boom Island Park. Riders will check-in at Boom Island and will need to walk/ride their bikes over the bridge to the start line area. Riders will finish at the entrance to Boom Island.
  • The Minneapolis Bike Tour is not a race, riders will not be timed and no awards will be given.
  • Each participant is required to wear a helmet throughout the duration of the ride.
  • Each participant must display the Bike Tour bike tag on their bike.
  • For safety reasons, the use of headphones and cell phones on the route is prohibited.
  • Please bring a water bottle.
  • Please prepare for the weather.
  • For the duration of the ride, slower riders should STAY TO THE RIGHT to avoid congestion for all.
  • Please bring an ID (for safety purposes on the route) and cash with you for food and/or merchandise at the post-ride party.
  • Please bring only what you need and can carry for the ride, as there will be no place to store your personal items during the ride.
  • Please check your tire pressure, brakes, chain and wheels prior to arriving at the event. Mechanics will be available at each water stop.

Post-Ride After Party

Stick around after the ride to enjoy LIVE music, one FREE beer from New Belgium Brewing, available to participants 21+ (must show valid ID), food trucks, exhibitor booths, and Bike Tour merchandise for sale!

The Post-Ride Party is open from 10 am-3 pm, with last call for beer at 2:30 pm. All ages are welcome into the beer garden including family members and spectators. Participants who would like a drink must show their ID and wear a wristband.

Get Involved

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The best way to get involved with the Minneapolis Bike Tour is to spread the word and ride with your friends and family. Follow @Mpls_Bike_Tour on Twitter or Like Minneapolis Bike Tour on Facebook to stay updated on all the latest news.

Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Minneapolis Bike Tour. For more information, please see our Special Events Volunteers page.

Vendor Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Minneapolis Bike Tour. Please complete the appropriate application.

If you have any questions about becoming a vendor or the completing the application, please contact Erica Chua at 612-230-6479 or echua@minneapolisparks.org.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the Minneapolis Bike Tour.  If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate person below:

General Questions, Registration & Volunteering

Aaron Briner
abriner@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6497

Bike Tour Sponsorship

Aaron Briner
abriner@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6497

Media Requests

Dawn Sommers
dsommers@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6407

Sponsor Information

Become a Minneapolis Bike Tour Sponsor today!  Get involved with the most beautiful urban Bike Tour in Minneapolis that takes riders through the award winning Minneapolis Park System.  The Bike Tour offers opportunities for everyone to get involved and support this popular community event.  Choose from cash and in-kind sponsorships at a variety of levels to match your marketing goals and budget.  

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities take a look at our 2016 Sponsorship Packet [PDF]

Directions

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Transportation and Parking

Parking Information

Free parking for Minneapolis Bike Tour participants will be available at the four parking lots listed below:

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.

Parking is not permitted on the Bike Tour route. Please find parking in the residential areas around the route and be courteous of private residences.

Alternate Transportation

We encourage car-pooling, biking to the start, or using Metro Transit, as parking will be limited.