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Hiawatha Bike Safety Orientation


Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Start the Cycle have joined together as of Festival 2019 to help make our Festival safe for everyone.  To that end, we have designed a Biker Safety Orientation (BSO) that we want all youth ages 14 and under to attend.  Our expectation is that our young bikers will learn to have fun and respect others while riding their bikes.  Participants will receive safety and etiquette information, a map of the grounds specifically for bikers, and a wristband upon completion of the course. All kids 14 and under must wear the BSO wristband while riding a bike. 


Who should attend? – Kids 14 and under who plan to ride their bike on festival grounds are required to attend. All others are welcome!

When are classes? – Classes are offered three times throughout the festival. Parents should plan to attend with their children.  There will be at least 2 sessions, possibly 3 sessions and the times will be announced in the Festival Program and in publicity prior to the Festival.  Kids 14 and under must attend class and receive a wristband before riding bike on festival grounds.  Youth 14 and under who are observed riding their bike without a wristband will be asked to walk their bike until contact with a responsible parent/adult can be made.  

Where are classes?– Classes will be held in the big field near Camping Area D, known as the old ball field. 

What are classes focused on?– Classes will teach participants how to be a SAFE and RESPECTFUL rider inside the Festival grounds.



  • Helmets save lives! While helmets are not required at Hiawatha, they are strongly encouraged. Start the Cycle Coaches will assist with proper helmet fitting and placement if needed.  Please bring your helmet to the Festival and to the class!
  • Traffic– Cars are bigger than bikes! Bikers should alwaysride on the right side of the road, nevercut between traffic, always look to be sure the road is clear between turning or merging, and alwaysuse turn signals to show cars which way you are going.  Walkers alwayshave the right-of-way.  This means it’s the biker’s job to be considerate, give them space, and let them know when they are passing.
  • Communication– Verbal communication and hand signals help cars, other bikers, walkers, hoopers and dancers know what you are doing to avoid collision. Participants will learn signals for turning left and right, as well as biker specific language to alert others of things like passing, turning, slowing and stopping. 
  • The Grounds– It takes a lot of electricity to run a music festival! Watch for large electrical cords, especially near the stage, and neverrun them over.
  • Curfew– For the safety of everyone, bikers 14 and under will have a curfew of 8 pm. Please enjoy the Festival on foot, and we’ll see you on wheels in the morning!


  • Space– Please do not cut through other’s campsites on your bikes, unless you have been invited. We want everyone here to have fun, and need to respect each other’s space.
  • Bike racks and drop areas – Please consider parking your bike at a bike rack when you go places. Otherwise there will be a bike drop area (marked on the map) where you can lay your bike down, or you can leave it in your campsite.  Remember, if you leave your bike somewhere else, it could get trampled by a car or a heard of dancing elephants!
  • Off-limits areas– Bikes are NOT allowed in Food Concession area, Artist in the Round, on the Dance Tent dance floor, or in the Main State seating area. These areas are marked on the map.


The Start the Cycle group will host a short group ride outside of the Festival grounds after each class.  Come and join and see where else you can have fun on your bike. 



January 2020