Each year, the Tour de Trails bike ride celebrates Shoreview as a bicycle-friendly community and is a terrific way for family and friends to experience firsthand the bicycle paths that cover the length and breadth of the city. This year the short route is 13 miles and the long route is 23 miles, with several shortcuts available. Tour details, route maps and a link to online registration are available at: Tour de Trails information and registration

Cost: $7 per individual or $20 per family. (Family price applies to up to four participants-families of more than four complete a separate registration for additional family members.) The event cost includes a Tour de Trails t-shirt for each participant. Bicycle helmets are required, including children in bike seats or trailers as well as riders. No one will be allowed to sign in without a helmet.

Registration is available online, and you can also register by mail or in person at Shoreview City Hall. I don’t believe you can register on the day of the ride at the check-in table; however you may be able to register online and show your confirmation email. Check in at the ride start between 7:30 and 8:30am. The ride starts from the Deluxe Corporation parking lot, 3680 Victoria Street North, across the street from Island Lake Park, and check-in is at the south end of the lot, under the water tower. TCBC members can get mileage credit by signing up with the ride leaders, who will be present for a short time until about 8:00. But you don’t need to wait for a leader — just check in for the Tour, take off at your own pace and follow the marked route; then send your mileage to Lyle at k0lr@yahoo.com (phone 612 516 2053) or Miriam at mgsimmons52@hotmail.com (phone 651 212 0775).

There is no SAG support or official food stop on the Tour, although there is a water stop on the long route. As with other outreach rides, you will NOT be covered by TCBC insurance.

Ride leaders: Lyle Koehler and Miriam Simmons