River Action's 34th Annual Father's Day Family Bike Ride - Date TBA

Enjoy a bi-state tour of the Quad Cities along riverfront bike trails. Plus, cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Celebration Belle riverboat from Iowa to Illinois or ride across the historic Arsenal Bridge. Come join the fun with the whole family for this Father's Day tradition!

Find out more about the ride in last year's BROCHURE

Registration is currently closed.

Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders. They are mandatory for riders under 18. Registered riders can purchase helmets at the event: youth $5; adult $10. The reduced prices are made possible by support from the Quad City Bicycle Club.

Your participation in Ride the River helps River Action fulfill its mission of making the riverfront a healthful and livable environment for all. You could also consider a membership to River Action and enjoy other great events year round.

Become a Member

Friends of Ride the River

Consider joining Friends of Ride the River where your tax-deductible donation of $50 or more ($100 for businesses) helps ensure the vitality of this community event for years to come. Just mark this option on the registration form. Friends are recognized in a special listing on the ride map.

Plan your own ride! The basic route is marked on the map, but there are many optional trails and loops for rides of up to 60 miles with lots to see along the way. Begin at the Quad City Times, Davenport, proceed to Leach Park, Bettendorf, and cross the Mississippi River to Moline on the Celebration Belle. You can return to Davenport via Arsenal Bridge (open until 3 p.m.) or Centennial Bridge (open until 3:30 p.m.)

All total, you can trailblaze through nine local communities.

Riverboat Crossing

From Bettendorf, cross the Mississippi aboard the Mississippi Belle riverboat while your bike goes on a barge. At the Illinois landing, grab your bike and continue your ride. The Celebration Belle will be departing from Leach Park in Bettendorf at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.

Pop-Up Park

A pop-up park will be set up at the Moline Rowing Club at the foot of 17th street in Moline. There will be a grill and refreshments along with various games for the whole family!

Rock Island Botanical Center

The Botanical Center will be free to all riders. There will be ice cream, cookies, and a water fountain available to all riders.

In 2017 River Action partnered with Mississippi Bend Trykes, the Quad Cities chapter of AMBUCS International, to build specialized tricycles for children with disabilities. We built nine trykes during Packet Pick-Up and gave them to nine kiddos during Ride the River.

You can find out more about Build-a-Tryke HERE

Last year the Moline Pilot Club presented their Brain Minder program aboard the Celebration Belle during Ride the River's ferry rides. The Pilot Club's Brain Minder program is used to encourage children to wear helmets and protect themselves from concussions. They put on a puppet show and set up a booth with crayons and hand outs on the top floor of the Celebration Belle.

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