Bike Ride to Site

The approximately two-hour bike ride is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and help reduce the festival’s carbon footprint. By participating in the Bike Ride to Site and not driving to Birds Hill Provincial Park, we save approximately two metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. This is equal to the carbon sequestered by 53 tree seedlings grown for 10 years!

Help reduce the festival’s environmental impact and get active – leave your car at home and join the Bike Ride to Site!

Register below!

Help reduce the festival’s environmental impact – leave your car at home and join the Bike Ride to Site. 2018 will mark our ninth annual organized bike ride out to the Fest. The approximately two-hour bike ride is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and help reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.

We have room for 300 riders on Wednesday, July 4th. There will be three groups of 100 cyclists that depart between 5:45 AM-6:15 AM on Wednesday, July 4th. There are two Regular Rides and one Casual Ride. The Regular Rides are ideal for intermediate to advanced riders. There are two regular rides as we need to split the ride into groups of 100; be sure to talk to your friends about what ride you will be registering for if you want to ride together. The Casual Ride is ideal for beginner riders, those riding with bike carts, or those who want a more relaxed ride.

To guarantee that you get into the ride that best fits your riding level, make sure you sign up quickly! We cannot add any more spaces once rides are full.

In the event that the second regular ride and casual ride do not reach capacity, riders from both rides will ride together at 6:00 am. To ensure all participants have an enjoyable experience within their experience level, the amalgamated ride will be considered the new casual ride.

Rides depart from The Forks in the parking lot across the street from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and north of York.

There is a park and ride option. You can park your car in the designated parking area at The Forks for the entire festival. Be sure to indicate if you require this service on your application. There are a limited number of spots available.

All riders will have the option to load a maximum of two units onto a van to be delivered to Birds Hill Park. (examples of a unit would be one standard sized cooler, one duffle bag, one backpack, etc.). We cannot transport extra bags or coolers, so pack accordingly!

Bring appropriate riding gear, a bike that can go on trails and gravel, a snack, and plenty of water. Everyone must wear a helmet and be a respectful, responsible, and safe rider.

No more than two people may ride side by side, and you must stick with the group. We have worked hard to provide a safe route and will be spending very little time on busy roadways. However, rainfall can affect our route and we may need to reroute onto highway 59. If this happens, you must ride in single file and not pass other riders.

Note: The best way to protect your bicycle is with a good lock and to register it with the City of Winnipeg Bicycle Recovery Section. With registration, if your stolen bicycle is located, you will be notified immediately and arrangements can be made for you to get your bicycle back.

Bike Ride To Site Registration:

Bike Ride To Site Application
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There is an option to park your vehicle at The Forks and leave it within the designated parking area for the duration of the festival. There is a limited number of passes available. Please note that parking in this area is at your own discretion and neither the Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Forks or the City of Winnipeg Parking Authority is responsible for any theft, loss and/or damage to personal belonging or vehicles.
I understand that participation in this Bike Ride to Site involves riding on public roads used by other traffic and am aware of the hazards involved in that and in riding bicycles in general.

I understand that I may be injured while bicycling or otherwise participating in this event,

and I agree to be responsible for my actions. I consent to emergency medical treatment in the event of injury. I further state that I am in proper physical condition to participate in this event. In my judgment I have / my child has sufficient competence and experience to participate safely in such riding. I agree and certify that I will obey all traffic laws and wear a CSA, CPSC or ANSI certified helmet throughout the whole ride.

I promise to release and hold harmless the operators of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and all sponsors, board members, and all other persons involved in the organization or acts of omission concerning this event from all actions, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person arising out of my participation in this Bike Ride to Site.

In case of minor aged entrant, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the above parties from any claims for injury or damages, which said minor, may sustain. Conduct which, in the opinion of the organizers, threatens the safety of other cyclists, or unsociable behavior may result in exclusion from this Bike Ride to Site.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival reserves the right to change the route from that described without notice. Numbers of those participating is at the discretion of the organizers and they have the right to refuse any entry.

I, the undersigned, do hereby grant the Winnipeg Folk Festival the irrevocable right and license to use any video footage/photographic images made of my likeness, acts and appearance, and the sound recordings made of my voice, throughout the course of my involvement with this event.

I agree to abide by the rules of the road as set out under provincial and municipal statutes and regulations as set by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation. I further warrant that I will maintain my bicycle in safe operating condition. In the event that the Contract, in part or in whole, shall to any extent be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portion of this Contract shall continue to be valid and enforceable.