Minneapolis deserves a big fat shout out. With a population of dedicated cyclists and 120 miles of on- and off-street bicycle facilities, our beautiful Minne-city is consistently ranked among the top bike-friendly cities in the U.S. And that’s a cycle (pun intended) we wouldn’t want to break.
Photo by Todd Buchanan
Without nicely paved trails, designated bike lanes, and secure and convenient spaces to lock up your two-wheeled ride, a city isn’t a cycling city at all. Minneapolis has all of the above and more, with impeccable upkeep and respect from citizens. But as much as we would like to believe that we keep up bike paths to lower carbon footprints, encourage exercise, and embrace the outdoors simply out of the goodness of our own hearts, it doesn’t happen without fiscal funds.
Saturday is the day to make your contribution.
Tour de Fat is a day filled with beer, bikes, entertainment, and the validated and encouraged excuse to dress crazy. The event begins at 10 a.m. in Loring Park with registration for the cycling parade, which follows at 11 a.m. Once completed, revival begins with music, other entertainment, and of course, beer.
Although participation is free, donations are encouraged as well as the purchase of merchandise and refreshments. You can bike, booze, and look like a cycling beaut knowing all proceeds are going to help local bicycle nonprofits raise funds, making Minneapolis an even better place to ride.