Ride on: It’s Minneapolis Bike Week May 4-11

Hop on your bicycle next week and join in Minneapolis Bike Week, a weeklong celebration of the joy of riding a bike in Minneapolis and an opportunity to encourage new riders to bike.

Explore the city on your bicycle next week with these events:

Sunday, May 4: Bike to Parks Day

There’s a park within riding distance of every residence in the city. With more than 90 miles of on-street bikeways and bike lanes and 85 miles of off-street bikeways, you can ride your bike with your family to a Minneapolis park safely and easily.

Include a ride to the 40th annual May Day Parade and Festival spearheaded by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The parade proceeds along Bloomington Avenue to Powderhorn Park, where a festival is held until dusk. Stop by the Minneapolis Bike Week bike corral for a free tuneup and bicycle parking while you’re there.

Monday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo

Pedal into a quick Commuter Pit Stop on your way to work or school for free bicycle repairs, lights, resources and snacks during your morning commute. Find a Commuter Pit Stop.

Need more than a light snack? Join the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Tamales y Bicicletas at Mercado Central for a free tamale. Mercado Central is within easy bicycling distance of the Midtown Greenway.

Tuesday, May 6: Nice Ride Day

Stop by a Nice Ride demonstration to pick up your free pass to try out a Nice Ride bike. Bike helmets will be available.

Wednesday, May 7: Bike to School Day

Parents, staff and students at Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and more will celebrate Bike to School Day with free tuneups, bicycle light giveaways and celebrations at individual schools throughout the day.

Riding but not to school? Don’t miss the Commuter Pit Stops throughout Minneapolis featuring free bicycle tuneups, snacks, bicycle lights and resources.

Thursday, May 8: Bike to Work Day

Continuing the annual celebration at Government Plaza, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Hennepin County and Mayor Hodges will host a morning party for bicycle commuters featuring free coffee, light breakfast snacks and prizes from local bicycle-friendly businesses. Minneapolis City Council members will lead rides from their wards to the morning celebration downtown. A resource fair beings at 7:15 a.m., and there will be speakers from 8-8:30 a.m. Learn more.

Friday, May 9: Bike and Ride Day

Want to bike but need to travel farther than you want to ride? Ride to a Metro Transit Park & Ride and hop on a train or bus with your bike for free.

Commuting in the city? It’s the last day to visit a Commuter Pit Stop for a free tuneup, bicycle lights, snacks and resources.

Saturday, May 10: Bike to Local Businesses Day

Enjoy discounts at some of your favorite local businesses and check out a block party in East Harriet, Kingfield, Lake Street, Northeast, North Loop or Tangletown. Several will include live, local music.

Sunday, May 11: Mother’s Day & Family Bike Day

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will host several family bike rides throughout the day.

 

 

 

Find more details about events during Minneapolis Bike Week.

Published Apr 29, 2014