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'Pedal the Parks' to Showcase Lakeville's Parks and Trails

Family friendly and free event offers bicycle routes, music, farmer's market.

Bicycle, autumn weather, and Lakeville park enthusiasts are all in luck this weekend. Lakeville's fourth annual Pedal the Parks is set to roll through town on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Lakeville Friends of the Environment, Bike Alliance of Minnesota and Lakeville Parks and Recreation Department are teaming to bring a day of bike rides through Lakeville's parks and trails, as well as music, refreshments and even a bike rodeo to town.

The event is free and family friendly, says Patty Soldner, who is helping organize the event. That said, donations are accepted by volunteers to help offset costs.

"People from all ages are encouraged to attend," Soldner said. "This event is intended to help families get active and to show off the parks and trails in Lakeville."

A bike rodeo for the youngest generation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at Pioneer Park Plaza, along with registration for the 6, 10 and 20 miles bike rides through Lakeville. The rides start at 10 a.m.

In addition to the bicycle festivites, the band Chickpea and Garbanzo will be playing music in the plaza, a farmer's market will be open as well as a Green Fair, along with all of Lakeville's downtown shops.

By noon riders will have returned from their rides and refreshments and prizes will be offered.

For more information, visit Lakeville Friends of the Environment's website, http://­Lakevi­llefriends.­org.

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