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This Saturday, thousands of people will explore parks and public lands by bicycle as part of the 3rd annual 'Bike Your Park Day'. Nearly 5,000 participants have already registered over 500 rides in 47 U.S. states, including Iowa and Minnesota. See events scheduled or plan your own ride to a park.

Join the fun, discover a park by bicycle this Saturday, September 29

This Saturday, thousands of people will have fun exploring parks and public lands by bicycle as part of the third annual ‘Bike Your Park Day‘. Nearly 5,000 participants have already registered over 500 rides in 47 U.S. states, including Iowa and Minnesota. See events scheduled or plan your own ride to a park. Most green spaces offer free admission when you drive your bike vs. a car when visiting.

Many parks, (local, state and national) offer mountain bike trails.

Many parks, (local, state and national) offer mountain bike trails.

Fun for all

“Bike Your Park Day is a great way to encourage visitors to explore their national parks and public lands by bicycle,” said Krista Sherwood with the National Park Service’s Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Programs. “Bicycling as active transportation and healthy recreation is a fun way to experience the setting in a more natural way while also promoting public health, resource protection, and other economic and social benefits while also reducing vehicle congestion and contributing to the quality of life for surrounding communities.”

The city park, around Lake Winona is an option in Southern Minnesota.

The city park, around Lake Winona is an option in Southern Minnesota.

Planning a Bike to Park Day visit can be fun

People who want to participate in Bike Your Park Day can design their own ride — any distance, any style of bicycling, and any type of green space or public land that is open to bicycles. Participants register their ride for free at BikeYourParkDay.org, and an interactive map displays all of the rides taking place.

Bike Your Park Day’s interactive map includes many rides that are open for others to join. People can contact the ride organizer via the interactive website. Those who have questions about Bike Your Park Day can contact one of the Bike Your Park Day volunteer advisors based in 36 U.S. states and six countries. They can answer questions about bicycle safety, bike-friendly routes, and nearby parks and public lands.

Introduce a child to biking in a park. They will thank you in the years to come.

Introduce a child to biking in a park. They will thank you in the years to come.

Plan your own ride

Tools are available for those wishing to share or promote their ride, including the Bike Your Park Day logo, sample social media posts and images, a template press release/newsletter article, and a downloadable fill-in-the-blanks poster. The Bike Your Park Day hashtag is #bikeyourpark.

In the past two years, the event has seen more than 20,000 people participate, from all 50 states and over a dozen countries.

Generous sponsors of Bike Your Park Day include Ridgeland, MississippiAmtrak, and Black Coffee Roasting Co.

In celebration of its annual art festival next weekend, Lakeville, MN will host it third Tour of Lakeville on Sept 15.

Take a Tour of Lakeville on your bike before their fall Art Festival

With the Lakeville Art Festival soon here, learn more about the trails and bike friendly street routes around town on the Tour of Lakeville. This year the Pedal in the Parks ride series starts and ends at Pioneer Plaza Park on Saturday, September 15th. The park plaza is located in downtown Lakeville where the Art Festival takes place, Saturday and Sunday on the same weekend. The scenic route of this years bike tour will help those who participate learn how to safely get around Lakeville. Then, after the ride check out the art festival. Or, try Lakeville’s new mountain bike park for some adrenaline biking fun.

The Tour of Lakeville is part of the 2018 ‘Pedal in the Park’ ride series

In celebration of its annual art festival next weekend, Lakeville, MN will lead its second Pedal in the Parks bicycle ride this Saturday.

In celebration of its annual art festival the third Tour of Lakevills ride will happen Saturday, September 15th.

A family fun event, ride along with Lakeville Friends of the Environment on a 17-mile tour of the city. Leaving at 9 a.m. out of Pioneer Plaza the tour will explore many of the city’s bike friendly routes. Along the Tour ride participants will discover many attractive segments of the community’s outdoor spaces that include:

  • Great view of Lake Marion as the tour passes the West Lake Marion Mountain Bike Trailhead that opened last year.
  • The newly paved Juno Trail that hugs the lake shoreline.
  • The popular Antler’s Park with swimming beach, picnic areas, volleyball, and horseshoes.
  • On Ipava Trail, just north of Ira Lane, reach the highest point of the ride, 1,108 feet, for a fist bump.
  • Listen for birds and look for butterflies on the paved trail through Michaud Park Conservation Area.
  • And More!

Don’t worry no one will be dropped on this family friendly ride. However, all ride participants are expected to ride at a moderate pace so everyone can share their favorite ride stories after returning.

Coinciding with the Lakeville Art Festival, the tour begins at Pioneer Park Plaza, in the downtown area, at 20801 Holyoke Ave. Lakeville, MN, 55044 . Bike tour participants will return back to the downtown area so they can take in the art festival. You can register online for this bike ride with the city parks department by clicking here or call 952-985-4600 for more information.

The ride is scheduled to last approximately two and a half hours. This is time frame is dependent on the number of registered bikers and the route. Please bring a helmet and water bottle.

After the ride make it a day at the city’s art festival

Take in the Lakeville Art Festival with over 90 artists exhibiting

Take in the Lakeville Art Festival with over 90 artists exhibiting

Considered by many to be one of the finest art festivals, the Lakeville Art Festival is held the third weekend in September. This year the event will feature over 90 artists in an intimate and accessible setting. The artist booths are staged in a park-like atmosphere. This allows for a unique circular type arrangement to help showcase their work. Plus many of the artists have scheduled demonstrations over the two days of the festival.

Another family friendly highlight at the art festiva,l stop into their “Young at Art” tent. This workshop area is stocked with plenty of art supplies, ideas and experts to get the creative juices flowing.

If you prefer check out the new mountain bike trail in Lakeville

Working closely with the city, the Lakeville Cycling Association has constructed a mountain bike trail system on the west side of Lake Marion. Another family friendly attraction, the new course is approximately five miles in length. The trail segments in the park allow plenty  of fun features for beginning, intermediate and advanced mountain bikers. This is a single track, one way, trail system that includes multiple switchbacks, berms and rollers. Final work for this trail was recently completed for all to enjoy.

The new Lakeville mountain bike course is fun for the whole family.

The new Lakeville mountain bike course is fun for the whole family.

To check out his new, year round, mountain bike trial system see map. You can access the trail head in Casperson Park, by parking in the gravel lot north of the soccer fields, at 19720 Juno Trail. Watch for trail updates and trail conditions on the clubs Facebook page.

For those visiting the area who want to learn more about connecting from the area hotels to the trails and fun things to do when not riding, see the At-A-Glance Lakevile and their map.