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About the West Bank Ride

The West Bank Ride is a non-competitive cycling event inviting participants to explore one of the Twin Cities’ most vibrant and bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Here’s how it works:

1) Cyclists will meet up at a starting location before embarking to designated pitstops, and bike routes between them, throughout the West Bank area.

2) Participants can choose from several routes depending on the distance they would like to cover, reaching as far as the University’s East Bank. You will be invited to join a “pod” of other cyclists to accompany you, or go it alone if you prefer!

3) Take a bike ride through the neighborhood at your own speed and take a breather at designated pitstops to enjoy familiar and lesser-known West Bank landmarks, adult- and family-friendly games, arts activity, refreshments, prizes, and special entertainment.

4) As the ride draws to a close, join fellow riders for special events and food and drink discounts at the many eateries and entertainment venues throughout the West Bank. A full list of discounts and events will be posted on the After Parties & Attractions page and on the back of the printed map provided to registered riders.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What if it rains?
A. This event is rain or shine. In the event of poor weather, some pitstops will move to indoor locations.

Q. Is this event family-friendly?
A. Yes! You can choose from several routes, each varying in distance, to find the one right for you and your family. All participants under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Q. Does “family-friendly” mean this event will be boring?
A. This is the West Bank, we don’t do boring. There’s plenty of fun for playful adults (and the promise of discounts on drinks and entertainment).

Q. Do I have to register?
A. While you are welcome to enjoy the event on your own, West Bank Ride participants are encouraged to register  to receive the official West Bank Ride map. This map lists all the designated pitstops, suggested routes between them.

Q. I’d like to get involved in making this awesome event happen! How can I do that?
A. There are several ways to get involved. Volunteer to help out at registration or a pitstop, become a sponsor, or apply to host a pitstop of your own! West Bank businesses and food trucks are also welcome to participate.