Come Rain or Shine, 30 Days of Biking Revels in Two-Wheeled Transit [Video]

Categories: Cycling, Video

Spring Is Here! 30 Days of Biking Kicks Off in the Rain from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Almost 300 people gathered in Gold Medal Park on a rainy Sunday morning, bicycles in tow, to kick off 30 Days of Biking. The challenge started in 2010 in Minneapolis and is still going strong five years later, despite this year's crummy spring weather.

"The weather sucks right now, but we're gonna do it anyway!" said Patrick Stephenson, co-founder of 30 Days of Biking.

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Open Streets Minneapolis Announce Dates, Adds Locations

Athena Feldshon
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has put together festivals where the streets shut down to motorized vehicles, opening up to cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians. Along the routes, local businesses and organizations host happenings that are free for all, including morning yoga sessions, live music, kids' activities, bike obstacle courses, and theater performances.

The events have been a huge success, expanding each year. This summer will be no exception, as the organization has announced dates and proposed locations.

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City of Minneapolis Declares April 2015 30 Days of Biking Month

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Six years ago, 30 Days of Biking began as a simple challenge, inviting people to pledge to ride their bikes daily, to share their experiences over social media, and to just get out there and enjoy cycling. Since those humble beginnings, the month-long event has grown exponentially. People from all over the world have signed up, including professional cyclists.

While the challenge is global, it also has an impact here in the Twin Cities, as the organization hosts a variety of gatherings, parties, and rides during the 30 days. It also donates a bike to Bikes for Kidz for every 30 pledges made, providing wheels for kids who might not otherwise have money for a bike.

Even more icing on the cake: Today the city of Minneapolis declared April 2015 30 Days of Biking Month.

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Here's Where Minneapolis's New Protected Bike Lanes Will Be

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Ruination: City of Dust Turns the Future into a Game to Be Solved

Photo courtesy Northern
Who says games are just for kids? This weekend, Northern teams up with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for an interactive game that takes place all around Lake Nokomis and the creek. Ruination: City of Dust mixes science-fiction with real science in a game of physical and mental challenges.

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Cirque du SoGay Celebrates Cycling and Crafts [Video]

Categories: Cycling

Kendra Sundvall
Riders of the 2012 Cirque du SoGay
The sixth annual Cirque du SoGay rode around Minneapolis over the weekend, and people came out in things like wigs and witch hats to celebrate the queer cycling community.

We caught up with Cirque du SoGay's ringleader and the riders to talk about the event as they geared up at Freewheel Midtown Bike Center before hitting the road on this year's arts-and-crafts-themed adventure through the city.

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Cirque du So Gay Gets Crafty This Saturday

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Cirque du So Gay Gets Crafty This Saturday

Categories: Cycling, LGBTQ
This Saturday, the sixth annual Cirque du SoGay rolls around. This time, it's sporting an arts-and-crafts theme.

The scavenger hunt via bicycle event is always silly and sexy, while still retaining a touch of activism through introducing participants to queer-based resources and businesses. As usual, there are two different route options. If you want to sweat less, the "Virgin" is the gentler option. It includes 10 to 12 stops, and runs around 13 miles. The "Harder! Faster!" course includes two additional stops and spans 25 miles. Checkpoints will get your creative juices flowing with artsy tasks that include button making and creating sexy gear.

"Expect to make some treasures and learn some new artistic skills," says Cirque du SoGay ringleader EG Nelson.

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Summer Cycling 2014: A road trip for experts

Categories: Cycling
Photos by Kristoffer Tigue
Looking for a harder ride than our intermediate trip? Last year, we brought you to Carver Park Reserve for our expert trip. This year, we're taking you 30 miles out of Minneapolis to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for live jousting, giant turkey legs, and more corsets and wizard cloaks than you may be able to handle in one day.

And while there are plenty of games, live performances, and toy swords to keep the kiddies entertained, we suggest you do not bring them along on this trip. In fact, because of the heavy downpours of rain last month, many of the trails on this route have been closed due to dangerous conditions, and some portions of the ride are on the shoulders of highways with speed limits of 50 miles per hour. (This is the expert trip, after all.)

For this trip, we also highly recommend using a smart phone or other navigational device in case certain routes are closed and you need to reroute.

Expert trip: Renaissance Festival
Path: Midtown Greenway, Cedar Lake, Kenilworth Trail, and Minnesota River Bluffs Trail, plus various roads and highways
Distance: 30 miles from downtown Minneapolis (one way)
Estimated Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

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Summer Cycling 2014: A road trip for intermediates

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Bikabout, a new tourism site, is paying for info about Minneapolis's biking scene

Categories: Cycling
Attention, bike lovers. A new tourism site with its eyes on Minneapolis is looking for information about our city, and is willing to pay for it.

A select three or four people can earn $100 for sharing tips with Bikabout on the best spots to ride, providing feedback for their blog, or showing out-of-towners the sites. But it's not just cyclists: chefs, artists, microbrewers, musicians, and writers are being asked to point out bike-friendly shops, galleries, parks, and whatnot.

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Powderhorn 24: Twenty-four hours on a bike

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Five rides to enjoy during Pedalopolis

Categories: Cycling, Festivals
Photo Courtesy Twin Cities Bike Fun 
This week, the Twin Cities will be exploding with over 20 informal bike rides aimed at providing fun ways to get out and enjoy the city without the pressure of competition. Hosted by Twin Cities Bike Fun, Pedalopolis originated as an international bike festival, called BikeSummer, that was a critical mass-inspired event. It grew in popularity over the years, and continues today in the form of Pedalpalooza in Portland and Velopalooza in Vancouver. Inspired by these types of bike-centered festivals, Nickey Robo, a cycling advocate and co-founder of Twin Cities Bike Fun, hatched a plan to create Minneapolis's own festival, featuring a week full of crowd-sourced bike rides that emphasize enjoyment and accessibility for all different kinds of cyclists.

"We wanted to create a space where people of all kinds of athletic levels could get together and have that experience together," Robo says. "The Twin Cities has amazing alley cats and racing, but not the same community around social rides. We wanted to encourage the idea that you don't have to be a hardcore racer to enjoy this festival. It's for everybody."

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Summer Cycling 2014: A road trip for intermediates

Categories: Cycling

All photos by Kristoffer Tigue
If you're looking for more of a challenge than our beginners' road trip is able to offer, consider taking our intermediate trip out to Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul. Last year, we took you to Lake Minnetonka for beach-going, good eats, and a stop at the local brewery. This year we're cutting out the fat and heading straight for the brewery.

Located about 12 miles from downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul's prized craft-brewing company is the perfect place to relax after a long ride with friends.

Intermediate trip: Summit Brewing Company
Path: West River Parkway, South Mississippi Boulevard
Distance: 12 miles from downtown Minneapolis (one way)
Estimated Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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Summer Cycling 2014: A summer road trip for beginners

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