Southeast Minnesota has a new bike ride tradition

Join “We Bike Rochester” in southeast Minnesota as they celebrate the incredible trail network that meanders around the city with Med City Meander (MCM). For years, “We Bike Rochester” has been working to bring community engagement around biking and walking. MCM has partnered with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) to create an event highlighting local businesses, beautiful natural areas, and outdoor fun in Rochester. Register today and save!

One of many art sculptures to enjoy when riding Rochester’s trails

A new annual tradition coming in May to southeast Minnesota

The Med City bicycle tour starts and ends at Cascade Lake Park on Saturday, May 25, in Rochester, MN. The MCM ride features a signature 32-mile relaxed tour of Rochester’s trail system, highlighting what makes the “Med City” a dynamic and vibrant community. From tree-canopied riverside paths to gentle driftless bluffs, this carefully curated route will feature convenient rest stops along the way! The city offers a vast network of trails and bike lanes. Ride the North and South Trails, along Cascade Creek, Bear Creek, and more! Check out some of the trails on the City of Rochester’s Parks and Recreation Map or the “We Bike Rochester” route library.

All MCM routes are on paved trails

The MCM features a signature relaxed tour of Rochester’s trail system, highlighting what makes Med City a dynamic and vibrant community. You can also do as many laps (2.5 miles) around Cascade Lake as you’d like. Registering is unnecessary if you only want to ride this lake loop. Just show up and have fun.

On the MCM 32-mile route, check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. All riders should be underway by 10:15 a.m. Rest stops and SAG support services end at 2 p.m. Riders will enjoy food and drink at rest stops along the route. Helmets are required. Protect your melon! Safe cycling to all Meander riders!

All bikes are welcome!

Electric assist bikes, as outlined in the Minnesota definition of e-bikes in Class I, II, or III. All bikes with pedals are welcome to join BikeMN rides. On the ride, no charging stations are provided, so make sure your battery is fully charged and the route you select suits your battery’s range. Analog bicycles, adaptive bikes, tandems, recumbents, tricycles, cargo bikes, burley-style kid trailers, and even well-behaved (and leashed) pets are welcome!

You are also encouraged to familiarize yourself with your bicycle before the ride and feel comfortable riding with larger groups.

Where to stay when visiting Rochester

Are you visiting Southeast Minnesota, and exploring more of the fun trail system here?  Check out the lodging suggestions here at Experience Rochester.

About the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN)

BikeMN is working to make Minnesota a state where bicycling is safe, easy, fun, and cool for everyone. The mission of BikeMN is to provide leadership and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy, and efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle-friendly so that more people will ride bicycles more often. See more at

About “We Bike Rochester” Bike and Walk Advocates (WBR)

We Bike Rochester is a non-profit 501(c)3 and a chapter of​ the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. WBR  encourages individuals and families to walk and bike as part of a healthy lifestyle. “We Bike Rochester” works with city, county, and state governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to improve the community’s infrastructure. To add new opportunities for walking and biking. This new ride is new, and profits from the Med City Meander will go to improve signage, outdoor kiosks, mountain bike trail construction, and other improvements in the Rochester area.