Tour de Minneapolis


Have you ever noticed that people who live in Minneapolis run themselves ragged all summer long, maniacally soaking up every last drop of potable weather while we still have the chance?

Have you ever just wanted to stay inside on a nice summer’s day, but felt guilty because the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and winter was either a far too recent memory or else looming on the near horizon?

Have you ever found yourself looking forward to fall or even winter, because at least then you could slow down?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the UNN has wonderful news for you!

On Sunday, September 20, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation present the Third Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour which gives individuals and families the opportunity to enjoy Minneapolis’ spectacular park and byway systems at their own pace, unhindered by motorized traffic.

On that day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (on-site registration opens at 6:30 a.m.) the parkways and roadways along the 14 and 37 mile routes will be closed to motorized traffic and the routes will include rest stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.

Participants can begin the tour between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. with staggered start times. The parkways will be closed for the event and segments will re-open at designated times, with the entire course re-opened to traffic at 2:30 p.m.

The tour costs $30 for adults, and $10 for children aged 6 to 17, but it is free to children under the age of six. Interested parties can either pay by cash at Parade Field which is located at 400 Kenwood Parkway, or use their credit card on

The tour is also looking for volunteers; please see their website for more information.


Local Bike Shops

The Alt: 612.374.3635

Calhoun Cycle: 612.827.8000

Calhoun Rental:  612.827-8231

Penn Cycle: 612.822.2228

Re-Cycle: 612.216.2072

Sunrise Cyclery: 612.824.6144

VS. Social Standard: 952.226.5428


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