Biking the byways

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is holding its first-ever Minneapolis Bike Tour this Sunday between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The event offers two routes for bicyclists to experience the city’s byway system, closed for the Tour to motorized traffic.

Both routes begin and end at the Parade Field, 400 Kenwood Drive. The long course, spanning 42 miles, allows participants to take in the entire Grand Rounds Byway System as it touches several lakes, the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Creek. The short course, 15 miles long, goes around the Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.

The Minneapolis Bike Tour also features a bike expo, bike safety rodeo, bike demonstrations, food and music by local bands SCWB, Dragich, Morrison and Mighty Fairly.

Registration fees are as follows:
13 years old and older: $30 ($33 online)
5 – 12: $10 ($13 online)
4 and younger: free
Family:    $70 ($73 online)

For additional information, to volunteer or to register, visit www.minneapolisbiketour.com, or contact [email protected] or call 230-6400.