This is so cool!  You've always wanted to go bike riding with your family, you've seen the nice paved trails, but you haven't traveled down those paths and you don't know what to expect.   Then 'Shift Gears Saturdays,' a new series of free, guided bike rides for families on Minnesota state trails is exactly what you've been waiting for!

May is National Bike Month and is when these free rides will start.  They are held all over the State of MN, but I'll focus on the one that is on the Willard Munger Trail locally.

Riders should bring their own bicycles and helmets. Rides are two hours long, with the pace moderate to accommodate riders of all abilities.

The "Shift Gears Saturdays" series will include 17 guided rides on eight of Minnesota's 25 state trails this spring and summer. Rides will all take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

July 7: Willard Munger State Trail (Carlton).

Aug. 4: Willard Munger State Trail (Carlton).

Advance registration is required for some of these events. Participants should bring their own bike and helmet (or check for nearby rental options). Anyone traveling from out of town and seeking overnight accommodations can get information about campsites and cabins at nearby Minnesota state parks and recreation areas by visiting or by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The "Shift Gears Saturdays" series, planned and organized by the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division.

For more information, call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 (TTY 651-296-5484 or 800-657-3929) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Info via: DNR Press Release