red bicycle helmet dangling from bike

7th Annual Mayors’ Bike Ride

The spring sun is slowly setting; the soft, radiant orange light looms over the horizon. You feel the warm sensation from the beaming rays on your face. The spokes of the wheel blur, yet you hear the blades of grasses rustling as you whoosh by. You hear the soft siren of the birds as they huddle together as dusk sets. You pedal onwards as a refreshing breeze cools you. Your eyes slowly take in the peaceful and beautiful environment surrounding you.

young girl leading her family on a bike ride

That’s right: it’s that time of year again. Time to activate your “Pedal Power,” and get your bikes ready for the 7th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride, sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Willmar’s Mayor Marv Calvin. 

The communities of Willmar, Spicer, and New London are hosting the community bike ride on May 17, 2019. The mayors from Spicer, New London, and Willmar will lead the ride from their communities beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Ride Starting Locations

Each community has its own starting location: 

– New London: City of New London Parking Lot (across from Goat Ridge Brewery) 

– Spicer: Glacial Lakes State Trail Parking Lot (across from Mel’s Sport Shop) 

– Willmar: Glacial Lakes State Trail Parking Lot (adjacent to the Willmar Civic Center)

The ride will conclude in Willmar and participants are invited to enjoy a lovely picnic after the ride.

Family riding bikes on paved trail

Don’t Forget to Register

Participants must pre-register for the event, but participation in the ride is FREE. To register for the event, or for more information, call (320) 235-3552 or email You will need to provide the names of each rider, their preferred starting location, and a contact number. Registered participants will receive a voucher for a FREE meal that is redeemable at Willmar Open Streets event. 

Party Time

food truck at street festival

Not in the mood for a bike ride, but still want to party with the neighbors? Downtown Willmar is hosting a block party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Mayor Calvin, is open to everyone. Live music is provided, so get out on the dance floor, and shake your tail-feathers. 

There will also be a multitude of games to enjoy with your family. Additionally, a variety of food trucks will be on hand providing snacks and meals for purchase, ensuring you can indulge your culinary curiosity.

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and May 17 is “Bike to Work Day.”  Established in 1956, the League of American Bicyclists sponsors the month-long observation as a way to promote the benefits of bicycling and encourage people to give biking a try.  

According to the League of American Bicyclists, “40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.”

Additionally, bike riding is good for your health, the environment and, most importantly, your wallet. 

Whether you are riding for your health, the environment, exploring your community, or just for fun, on May 17 show off your “Pedal Power” and join your friends, family, and neighbors for the 7th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride. 


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