FAQs – FairShare CSA Coalition

Frequently Asked Questions

Bike Riders

Where can I find updates about the event?

Email updates about the event will be sent to registered bike riders twice in July, and then weekly from August until ride day! Please add Constant Contact to your email contacts, so that you are sure to receive these email updates. We will also post a copy of each rider email on this page, and update the website as we confirm new details.

Bike the Barns

Bus the Barns

Riders begin their journey at Bike the Barns 2016! Photo by: Caroline Marie Photography

How long are the routes?

Due to flooding the routes have changed slightly. See the UPDATED ROUTE MAP.

  • Short route – 26.5 miles
  • Long route – 60 miles
Where will we be biking?

All routes start and end at Nishan Park in Reedsburg, WI.

The route was very easy to follow and the signs along the way were awesome and encouraging! ~2015 Bike the Barns Rider

Will I need a trail pass for biking?

Due to flooding the 400 State Trail is closed. See the UPDATED ROUTE MAP.

What should I know about road safety and biking etiquette?

We highly encourage everyone to check out this Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Quiz – a fun way to brush up on your road safety knowledge!

For more information, check out route details and view the route maps!

Bus Riders

Where will the bus travel to?

The bus tour will depart from Nishan Park and stop at 3 farms. After enjoying farm tours, on-farm activities, a plated lunch and farm-fresh snacks, the bus will return to Nishan Park around 4 PM, just in time for the After Party!

Is the bus tour family friendly?

The bus tour is open to everyone, but we do ask that you consider that the tour will be around six hours in length, without the option of returning earlier. We typically recommend the bus tour for folks 16 yrs+.

Is there a discount for children?

We are not able to offer a discounted price for children.

The Ride

Bike the Barns is a rain or shine event.

Riders return to this beloved ride year after year (even after they’ve moved away!). Some even gather their friends to ride together and celebrate birthdays, wedding showers, family reunions, and more along the route! It’s a great way to wrap up the summer cycling season.

Is there a rain date?

No. Unfortunately, it takes an incredible amount of organizing for the farms, rider support, and other logistics to make this event happen and, due to the farm visits and freshly prepared food, it cannot be replicated on another day.

If there are scattered showers, you are welcome to ride, but ride at your own risk. We will still have all of the rider support and food available for the day. If there are thunderstorms and severe weather, we will delay the start times or make decisions based on rider safety. You may drive to the farms, and you can also opt for the shorter route the day of the event.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

YES! Your safety is our #1 priority; wear your helmet. Riders are not allowed to participate without a helmet.

Is there rider support?

Rider support is available throughout the ride, but riders are expected to be prepared to service their own bikes. Please bring extra tubes. On-bike support riders are embedded in the ride and the routes are patrolled by support vehicles with HAM radio operators and professional bike mechanics.

Is parking available?

Yes, free parking is available at Nishan Park. Volunteers will be on hand to direct you.

Is water available during the ride?

Yes, there will be water available at each farm stop, and all the support vehicles carry water coolers. HOWEVER, please bring at least 2 bottles to fill up and hydrate between stops.

We’re from out of town, do you have any accommodation recommendations?

There are many options for accommodations in the Madison area and Reedsburg / Baraboo / WI Dells region. We have reserved several hotel blocks at area hotels. You can find out more on our suggested accommodations page.

The Food

Can anyone attend the lunch?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to host more participants for lunch. You are welcome to purchase additional After Party tickets on the rider registration form, though!

Plated lunch at Bike the Barns 2016. Photo by: Caroline Marie Photography

Are vegetarian meals offered?

Yes. We do ask about vegetarian meal preferences on the registration form. We will make an effort to offer additional menu options (gluten free/vegan), but cannot guarantee that these options will be available for you. Please be sure to make accommodations for your own caloric needs!

When will I know the full menu?

Because of the changing nature of available produce, a full menu will not be available until a week or so before the event. You will learn more about the food in the rider emails in September. Since this is a long ride, we strongly encourage you to bring extra calories (energy bars, etc.) to eat in between stops.

These were the most delicious meals I have had at such a large event, never mind the fact it was a bike ride. Wonderful flavors, fresh and generous portions. ~2015 Bike the Barns


How do I know I am registered?

You will receive a confirmation email when your payment has cleared, stating that you have purchased your registration for Bike the Barns.

Do I have to be a fundraiser rider?

No. We strongly encourage being a fundraiser rider as all pledges raised go directly to our Partner Shares Program, ensuring that fresh, healthy food is accessible to all. Riders may choose to pay the full-price $125 registration fee up front.

When do I register/check-in?

Online registration is required. All riders must check-in before the event to pick up your rider number and present your ID.

Rider check-in and packet pick-up will take place on the day of the ride at Nishan Park, and during early check-in days at REI Madison (Tues., September 11) and the FairShare CSA Coalition office (Wed., September 12).

Look for more information in the rider emails. Please add constantcontact.com to your email’s approved contacts list to ensure that the rider updates make it to your inbox.

UPDATE: Online registration closes at midnight on Friday, September 14th. You may register on-site on Sunday, September 16th between 8 AM – 10 AM.

Can I register by mail?

We accept online registrations only. You may pay by check, credit, or debit card.

What if I need to cancel my registration before the ride?

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Cancel by Friday, August 17, 2018 to receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations between Saturday, Aug. 18 – Friday, Aug. 31 receive a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds available from Saturday, September 1 and onward for any reason, including funerals, accidents, medical emergencies, etc.

If you cannot make the ride, you can donate your registration cost to the Partner Shares Program and we will send you a tax-deductible donation receipt.

You may transfer your registration to a friend or family member through Wednesday, Sept. 12. Please email bikethebarns@csacoalition.org if you need to cancel or change your registration.

When does registration close?

Registration for Fundraiser Riders closes Friday, August 24th, so as to allow enough time to fundraise the minimum $60 by August 31st. Registration for Non-fundraiser Riders closes Thursday, September 6th.


Can my family and friends pledge by mail?

Yes, friends and family can send checks with your name in the memo line to FairShare CSA Coalition at 303 S. Paterson St. #1B, Madison, WI 53703. Pledges must be received by Friday, August 31 to count toward top fundraising prizes. Please use the downloadable Rider Pledge Form [PDF].

When can I pick up my fundraising prize?

Top fundraisers can pick up your prizes on the day of the event. Top fundraiser prizes will be available for pick-up at the After Party after 5 p.m. If you don’t pick them up at the event, you will need to come by the FairShare office.

What is your privacy policy?

We take the privacy of your information seriously. We will not disclose personal information without your permission. To process your order, certain service providers have access to your address, email and phone, but only for the purpose of completing the order, and for internal tracking purposes. You will not be contacted by these service providers except in the case of questions or issues with your order.

Do you have a security policy?

This website is PCI compliant, and follows the stringent data security standards required by Visa and MasterCard, along with other payment card companies.

Still Have Questions?

If you have further questions, call (608) 226-0300 or email bikethebarns@csacoalition.org.

Thanks for your interest and support for the 12th Annual Bike the Barns!

FairShare CSA Coalition
303 S. Paterson St. #1B
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 226-0300

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition