Ride the Fountains The City of Fountains Bicycle Tour

Sunday, June 17, 2012

You drive by them every day. You notice them, throw coins in them, make wishes upon them and sometimes create rallies around them…

…now let’s ride them!

Here’s a two-wheeled way to experience the fountains of Kansas City, Ride the Fountains!

Ride the Fountains The City of Fountains Bicycle Tour

event details

We will have a staggered start time with riders rolling out around 7am. The majority of riders will be back in time for the picnic and party starting at 11 a.m.

On-site registration starts at 6:00 a.m.

Route Distances:
10 mile guided tour
24 miles
46 miles
…roving support will be provided for all routes!

Post ride picnic and party features food from La Bodega, paired with Boulevard Beer, soft drinks and music from The Good Sam Band and is included in your registration fee. If you would like to purchase tickets for your friends and family to join in after the ride, you can do that in the "Extras" section of registration.

This is a family-friendly riding tour that starts at Washington Square Park. We'll ride around many of Kansas City’s historic fountains and other landmarks such as the Kansas City Museum, the Plaza, Liberty Memorial, and Cliff Drive.

Register by 6/8 to be guaranteed a pair of custom designed Ride the Fountains cycling socks. The socks are included in your registration fee and if you would like to purchase additional socks for you, your family or friends, you can do this in the "Extras" section of registration.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a local artist’s interactive Picnic Project that will appear on the lawn of The Nelson Atkins in July.


Bring your camera, take a few pictures and check out the spectacular fountains and other sights.

Along the way, you will be pampered by those always-great KCMBC rest stops with plenty of cold drinks, fresh fruit, and goodies to make this the ride of the year.

And to make sure your bike ride is trouble-free, there will be cellular equipped support vehicles roving the routes.

Ride proceeds benefit: Friends of the Fountains and Friends of Trails KC. These organizations conserve Kansas City’s fountains for our enjoyment and help construct and maintain trails for cycling and walking.

Where: Washington Square Park at Pershing Rd. between Main and Grand Ave.
Directions: From North, US-169 S becomes Broadway Blvd., turn left (east) onto Truman Rd. S, turn right (south) onto Main St., turn left (east) onto E Pershing Rd., turn right (south) onto Grand Ave. From South/East, US-71 driving north take the 29th St. exit toward 27th St., turn left (west) onto E 27th St., turn right (north) onto Gillham Rd., turn slight left onto E Pershing Rd., turn left (south) onto Grand Ave.

PARKING at Blue Cross Blue Shield parking Lot: Behind the Blue Cross Blue Shield building on the east side in their parking lot. Access is from Grand street turning west onto Oak St.


Participants $40
KCMBC members* $35
Day of Event $45 no membership discounts apply.
18 and under Free (must be accompanied by an adult guardian)

Register here (even if you’re 18 and under).
*Online registration closes Friday night (6/15) at midnight. No discounts the day of the ride.

post ride activity options

Crown Center
Crown Center offers shopping, dining, entertainment and fun for the entire family in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.
Time: Sundays, Noon-5 p.m. Location: 2450 Grand Blvd

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival
Artists start with empty squares of asphalt and by the end of the weekend, these squares will be transformed into magnificent pieces of artwork.
Date: June 18-19
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Crown Center Square
Phone: 816-274-8444
Admission: FREE

National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial provides an extraordinary experience. The state-of-the-art Museum gives you the chance to explore and discover the nation’s most extensive assembly of artifacts, photography, art and narratives of the Great War ever presented in a single collection. The Museum introduces the war in unprecedented ways through visual and audio sensory stimulation to mold an unforgettable experience in the minds of all visitors young and old.

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: 100 W. 26th Street
Phone: 816-784-1918
Admission: Adults, $12; Seniors (65+), $10; Students (18+ with ID), $10; Youth(6-17), $6

Union Station
There is no place in Kansas City or any city quite like Union Station. This fully restored landmark is Kansas City's most prominent destination for cultural and entertainment activities.
Time: 6 a.m.-Midnight
Location: 30 West Pershing
Phone: 460-2020
Admission: Admission to the Union Station building is FREE, but there is a charge for the attractions.

KC Rail Experience
A permanent exhibit celebrating the exciting history of the American railroad. Experience sights and sounds from the golden age of rail travel in this permanent addition to Union Station.

Time: Noon -5 p.m.
Location: Union Station, 30 West Pershing
Phone: 816-460-2020
Admission: $7, Ticket prices apply to patrons 3 and older. For those 2 and under, admission is free.

Science City
Welcome to Science City, where play and education go hand-in-hand. Let curiosity be your guide through more than 50 interactive areas, providing some real hands-on fun. Science City is located in Kansas City's Union Station.

Time: Noon -5 p.m.
Location: Union Station, 30 West Pershing
Phone: 816-460-2020
Admission: $10, Ticket prices apply to patrons 3 and older. For those 2 and under, admission is free.

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