Bike for Justice: Bike-a-thon



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EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016

Important Event Details:

We will have 10 and 20 mile routes departing from both our Minneapolis and St. Paul shops. 20 mile routes will depart at 10am and 10 mile routes will depart at 11am. That way most riders will all end around the same time at Carty Park. Please arrive to the shop half an hour before departure time to check in: by 9:30am for 20 miles and by 10:30am for 10 miles.

Each of the 4 routes will have a "leader" going at a pace of about 10 miles per hour. You are not required to stay with the leader and are encouraged to ride at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

All routes will end at Carty Park in St. Paul just south of our St. Paul shop. We will have an after party with lunch!

Prior to the start of the ride, participants will receive an info card with route map and emergency contact info.

If you begin at the Mpls shop and don't feel like riding back after lunch in St. Paul, the best option is to hop on the Green Line.

Drafts of all routes are below! (All routes subject to change prior to event).

20 mile St. Paul:
10 mile St. Paul:

20 mile Minneapolis:
10 mile Minneapolis:


Why Bike for Justice?

The Twin Cities consistently rate at the top of rankings of the happiest, healthiest, and most livable communities in the U.S. Yet, these rankings mask pernicious inequities; communities of color face worse outcomes in health, employment, and academic success. Exercise opportunities, good food choices, and strong support networks are what create the healthiest communities. How can we support underrepresented communities, like low-income individuals and people of color, to ensure health benefits across the state are equitable?

Bicycling can be one part of the solution to making our communities more healthy, sustainable, and connected. Cycles for Change (C4C) creates a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists through free open shops, a youth apprenticeship program, bike grant program, adult learn-to-ride classes, and other community bike education classes. C4C engages underrepresented and under-resourced communities to ensure the health, economic, transportation, and environmental benefits of bicycling are shared equitably. We envision a future where communities of color and low-income communities in Minnesota no longer experience disproportionately high levels of preventable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

You can help Cycles for Change grow this bicycling movement by riding with us in our Bike-a-Thon Bike for Justice! Participants commit to raising money from their friends, family, and peers to support Cycles for Change’s work to support people in accessing the resources and skills to use bicycles as a tool to build strong, healthy communities.