Fun Fridays – Get out and ride!

Date Posted Jul 24 2014   Filed Under    Tags families, summer activities, minneapolis

The Twin Cities are great for bike riding and this weekend is an excellent time to get outside and explore.

Here are some fun facts from
Facts about biking in the Twin Cities:
• Saint Paul has been designated as a bronze level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Cyclists.
• Minneapolis has been designated as a gold level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Cyclists.
• Minneapolis was named America's most bike friendly city in 2010 by Bicycling Magazine.
• The twin Cities has one of the highest percentages of people who commute to work by bicycle in the nation. Census data shows that approximately 4,500 Minneapolitans regularly commute to work by bicycle.
• All Metro Transit buses are now equipped with bike racks. You can even try one out at several retail locations around the Cities.

This weekend on Sunday, July 27 from 10:00am-4:00pm take part in Open Streets.  A chance to ride miles of safe, car-free streets so that residents of all ages can walk, bike, shop, participate in spontaneous play activities, and get to know one another.

If you live in St. Paul, this site offers miles of bike paths. Be sure to  check out the map to find your way.

Head on down to the Tour de Fat. The festival kicks off with a bike parade, where folks with art bikes and colorful costumes will ride through downtown Minneapolis. After that, kids can have fun as they bike in the corral. Then stay for music and more.

10:00 a.m. — Parade Registration
11:00 a.m. — Parade Launch
12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:20 p.m. — The Reals Band 
1:20 p.m. — The Slow Ride Race
1:40 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils 
2:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade n every Tour de Fat city, one brave role model will step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car free for one year
2:45 p.m. —Yo-Yo People
3:35 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike!
4:00 p.m. — Black Joe Lewis 
5:00 p.m. –– Finale

If you prefer four wheels to two – then stop by Lake Harriet for the 20th Annual Art Car Parade on Saturday July, 26 at 6 pm.

See you on the bike trail!